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Footage showing a policeman shooting what appeared to be a live round toward a group of protesters in Rio De Janiero, was shot by an Associated Press journalist on Sunday, just a short distance from the Maracana stadium. (June 15)

SHOTLIST

AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 15 June 2014

1. Protesters pushing over barricades on the way to Maracana stadium

2. Wide of stun grenade thrown by military police exploding

3. Protesters clashing with military police and being illuminated by police helicopter

4. Military police shooting gas canister

5. Gas canister shot by police going through protesters

6. Military police leaving on motorbikes because protesters are approaching

7. Military police officer on a motorbike shooting what appears to be a live round with handgun toward protesters before leaving on motorbike

8. Tilt up from hand holding bullet to masked protesters. Bullet allegedly from police officer

9. Man with gun, who identified himself as a plain-clothes police officer, walking on the streets

10. People looking at the protesters walking on streets around Maracana stadium

11. Various of tear gas thrown by the military police

12. Military police advancing and clearing the streets of protesters

STORYLINE

Footage showing a policeman shooting what appeared to be a live round toward a group of protesters in Rio De Janiero, was shot by an Associated Press video journalist on Sunday, just a short distance from the Maracana stadium as it hosted its first football game of the 2014 World Cup.

A small group of anti-World Cup protesters gathered near the security exclusion zone as Argentina faced Bosnia-Herzegovina, with scuffles breaking out as they tried to reach the Maracana stadium.

Tear gas and stun grenades were fired by police when protesters reached the security exclusion perimeter.

As the demonstrators were separated, they made their way in small groups through side streets, coming across a group of police officers on motorbikes, who rode away from the scene.

As one group of protesters advanced down a street, they came across a lone officer on his motorbike.

As they approached, throwing rocks, the police officer can be seen in the video holding a pistol.

He then aimed and fired his weapon toward protesters, letting off a single shot.

The officer then started his motorbike engine, and rode away from the scene.

Protesters showed the media what appeared to be a live bullet, which they claimed was dropped by police officers.

An official from the Rio government agency that oversees all security forces in the city, refused to comment before seeing the video.

A short time later, the same AP journalist recorded video of a plain-clothed man, who identified himself as a police officer, holding a pistol and threatening protesters whilst shouting expletives.

He later fired his weapon twice, but this was not captured on camera.

The protesters dispersed before the end of the football match.

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