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Brazilian state indicts police officers for refusing to work

  • Kailua, center, son of slain civil police officer Mario Marcelo de Albuquerque Espirito, is comforted during his father's funeral, alongside his mother Patricia Albuquerque, right, in Serra, Espirito Santo state, Brazil, Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017. Mario Marcelo de Albuquerque was shot to death when he tried to impede a robbery. (AP Photo/Diego Herculano)

    Kailua, center, son of slain civil police officer Mario Marcelo de Albuquerque Espirito, is comforted during his father's funeral, alongside his mother Patricia Albuquerque, right, in Serra, Espirito Santo state, Brazil, Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017. Mario Marcelo de Albuquerque was shot to death when he tried to impede a robbery. (AP Photo/Diego Herculano)  (The Associated Press)

  • A municipal guard aims his weapon as two men are searched in Vitoria, Espirito Santo state, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017. More than 1,000 army troops took to the streets of the southeastern Brazilian city of Vitoria amid a crime wave that left at least 70 people dead over two days, authorities said. (AP Photo/Diego Herculano)

    A municipal guard aims his weapon as two men are searched in Vitoria, Espirito Santo state, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017. More than 1,000 army troops took to the streets of the southeastern Brazilian city of Vitoria amid a crime wave that left at least 70 people dead over two days, authorities said. (AP Photo/Diego Herculano)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nelson Eduardo Conclaves lies in a pool of blood as a neighbor stands over him in Vitoria, Espirito Santo state, Brazil, Thursday, Feb 9, 2017. According to his mother Erlita Pereira Goncalves, her 30-year-old son was shot dead by attackers who broke into their home and killed him in front of her. (AP Photo/Diego Herculano)

    Nelson Eduardo Conclaves lies in a pool of blood as a neighbor stands over him in Vitoria, Espirito Santo state, Brazil, Thursday, Feb 9, 2017. According to his mother Erlita Pereira Goncalves, her 30-year-old son was shot dead by attackers who broke into their home and killed him in front of her. (AP Photo/Diego Herculano)  (The Associated Press)

The government of Brazil's southeastern state of Espirito Santo has indicted more than 700 military police officers for allegedly refusing to work as part of a pay raise movement that has led to a wave of violence and more than 100 deaths.

Public Safety Director Andre Garcia said Friday that 703 officers have been charged with committing the "crime of revolt."

Brazil's military police force patrols the nation's cities and its members are barred by law from going on strike.

The killings in the state capital of Vitoria and other cities erupted one week ago as friends and family of the officers blocked their barracks to demand higher pay for the officers.

The union representing civil police officers said 121 people have been killed since police stopped patrolling the streets.