Due to numerous cases of institutional racism practiced through physical and verbal attacks and threats by members of the civil and military police of Acre against indigenous citizens, the Federal Public Ministry (MPF) filed a public civil action asking the Court to condemn the State to pay compensation for collective moral damages, public retraction and inclusion of the topic in training courses for Acre police officers.
In the action, the prosecutor of the Republic Lucas Costa Almeida Dias describes the records of police violence against indigenous people of different ethnicities and in several Acre municipalities, including physical and verbal violence, torture, mistreatment, threats, and even sexual abuse practiced by police in the interior. of a police station in relation to two indigenous teenagers.
The cases were listed both in procedures that already exist in the MPF and by indication of bodies that work with indigenous communities. The same information was also requested from the police, who reported that all incidents recorded against police officers were filed by the internal affairs department over the last few years, basically on the grounds of lack of evidence.
According to the prosecutor, it is clear that cases of police violence against indigenous people were not properly investigated and the police, by themselves, did not adopt any measures to improve the treatment of indigenous peoples.
The instruction of the process also demonstrated the need to include in the curriculum of training and training courses for the Military Police, a specific subject dedicated to the indigenous peoples of the State of Acre, their cultural habits, customs, ways of life and social vulnerabilities.
For the MPF, it is essential that the indigenous landscape of Acre is present in the training of police officers and that their training can be carried out, preferably, by the indigenous themselves.
Several international laws and treaties require that the ethnic diversity of indigenous peoples be respected and the MPF demonstrates the seriousness of institutional racism and the damage caused to native populations by this type of practice that disqualifies indigenous peoples as subjects of rights, devalues the forms and processes of production and dehumanizes the indigenous person, who has historically suffered the most varied forms of aggression.
In view of the whole picture presented, the action seeks compensation for collective moral damages in an amount of not less than R$ 5 million, to be reversed in dissemination and action of educational and informational projects against racism to indigenous peoples in Acre, prepared with the participation directly from indigenous peoples and the MPF. The victims of the cases narrated at the beginning of the action must also be compensated for moral and material damages.
In addition, the State may also be ordered to include, in the curriculum of training courses for civil and military police, specific matters related to the indigenous peoples of Acre, their cultural habits, customs, ways of life and social vulnerabilities, to be provided, in a paid manner, by the indigenous people themselves.
The last request for the action is for a public act of apology for the acts carried out, in person with the presence of indigenous leaders of Acre and publication of an official note in all official communication channels in the State of Acre.
With information from the MPF advisory in Acre.