Impact | Negative

    Probability | Medium

    Rating CIVICUS | Obstructed

    On November 21, President Jair Bolsonaro sent to the Chamber of Deputies a bill that expands the grounds on which law enforcement officers can use firearms in security operations and be exempted from criminal responsibilities. These rules protect the Army, Navy, Air Force and police involved in federal intervention operations for the guarantee of law and order. According to Bolsonaro, “a protest is one thing, vandalism and terrorism is another”. The bill considers “legitimate defense” when a military or security agent responds to an aggression capable of killing or injuring, restricting the freedom of a victim and/or ostensibly carrying firearms or an act of terrorism. The initiative has not yet been referred to committees.


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