Rede Brasil Atual
by Mariana Tokarnia
Translation: C. Brayton
Brasília – The CDDPH-SDH — the human rights defense council of the federal presidency — unanimously approved the final version of a resolution that will call for the end of the use of such terms as “acts of resistance” and “resistence followed by death” in official police reports, such as incident reports, police investigation files and press releases and media statements.
This form of autistic post hoc proper hoc goes back to the Maluf years and was revealed by Caco Barcellos in his book Rota 66. See
The resolution was introduced during the last meeting of CDDPH-SDH on November 28, on which date the basic document was approved. Agreement to the final vision should appear in the Official Diary in the next few days. The document, however, is a mere recommendation to the state governments and does not have the force of law.
Once the resolution is official, the states are to implement a number of changes. Reports of injury during “resistence”will be called “bodily harm following police intervention” or “homicide as a result of police intervention.” Such incidents are to be communicated immediatelyto the Crimes Against the Person division. In addition, crime scene investigation should be performed and the body should not be removed from the location in order to facilitate this work.
This point is key to police impunity: the muddying of the crime scene. See
for measures proposed to combat this trend by the state government.
SDH presiding minister Maria do Rosário said that these descriptions of police action mask “abusive deaths which are presumed to be legitimate and are therefore never investigated. The victim, by definition, ends up as the culprit leading to the violence.
Maria do Rosário says the redefinitions will promote proper police conduct. “The purpose ohis resolution is to confront police violence and redeem the good work done by these professionals. Every time we weed out the bad element among the troopes, we show our appreciation for the proper conduct of all the others.”
CDDPH has received inquiries from states such as Bahia, interested in adopting the new resolution. Maria expects all states in the federation to adhere to the resolution, using it as a model for concrete policies and pratices at the state level.»