Defender requests access to Operation Shield incident reports

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The Public Defender’s Office of São Paulo requested the state government to send police reports on the actions of the new phase of Operation Shield in which there were deaths caused by police officers. The letter sent by the Specialized Center for Citizenship and Human Rights also questions whether the agents involved in the clashes wore body cameras, in addition to asking the Military Police command for information about the planning of the operation.

In the document, the human rights center of the defender’s office recommends that body cameras be used by all agents involved in the operation “so that images of the actions are captured and are controlled by the competent authorities.”

Reaction to attacks

About two weeks ago, a new phase of the so-called Operation Shield was launched in several regions of the state of São Paulo. According to the State Secretariat for Public Security of São Paulo (SSP), Operation Shield is launched “whenever a State security agent suffers an attack, to reestablish order and the population’s sense of security.”

One of the crimes that motivated the security forces’ reaction was the death of military police officer Sabrina Romão, in Parelheiros, south of São Paulo, on the 18th. Last week, according to the SSP, two men suspected of involvement in the crime.

The police officer would have been killed, according to information obtained so far, in a robbery followed by death, as well as another case that occurred in São Bernardo do Campo, in ABC Paulista. According to the SSP, there were also three cases of attempted robbery against police officers that would have motivated the launch of the Escudo operations.

Ombudsman

Following the announcement of the launch of the new phase of Operation Shield, the São Paulo Police Ombudsman’s Office requested that military police officers involved in the new phases of the so-called Operation Shield use body cameras.

Ombudsman Cláudio Silva says there is concern that these actions repeat the model used in Guarujá, on the coast of São Paulo, last year. After the death of a Military Police soldier, Operation Shield was launched, which resulted in the deaths of 28 people in 40 days. “What we have from the previous operation is a very negative balance, especially with regard to protecting people’s lives and guaranteeing people’s safety. So this is very worrying”, highlighted Silva.

The report from Brazil Agency contacted the SSP to ask for a position on the defense’s role and is awaiting a response.

The article is in Portuguese

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