Brazil: São Paulo Acts to Curb Police Cover-ups
Resolution Addresses Problem of False Rescues
(Washington, DC, January 9, 2013) – A resolution by the São Paulo government on the handling of shooting victims is an important step to safeguard against unlawful killings by state police, Human Rights Watch said today.
Resolution SSP-05 was issued by Secretary of Public Security Fernando Grella Vieira on January 8, 2013. It requires the police to contact emergency response teams to provide assistance and treatment to victims at the scenes of shootings, and prohibits them from removing the victims from the scene.
“The legitimate efforts by São Paulo police to contain violent crime have too often been undermined by fellow police who themselves engage in unlawful killings,” said José Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at Human Rights Watch. “The new rule will make it harder for these officers to cover up their crimes by pretending…
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