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Brazil: Police Abuse Unabated

(São Paulo) – Brazilian authorities need to take decisive action to curb extrajudicial killings by police, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2018. Congress made matters worse by approving a bill in October that shields members of the armed forces accused of unlawful killings of civilians from prosecution in civilian courts, moving such trials to military courts. “Brazilian police desperately need community cooperation to fight the high levels of crime that plague the country,” said Maria Laura Canineu, Brazil director at Human Rights Watch. “But as long as some police officers beat…

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