STJ wants to impose restrictions on police operations in slums

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STJ wants to impose restrictions on police operations in slums


Ministers of the Sixth Panel of Superior Justice Tribunal (STJ) consider imposing restrictions on police operations in underserved communities and requiring that the invasion of households without a mandate occurs only with the explicit consent of the resident – in writing or even recorded on video on cameras attached to the clothes of the police. The judges’ assessment is that home invasions are carried out routinely without warrants and mostly affect suspects with less offensive potential. The idea is that the Panel may take a case to public trial possibly in October to serve as a basis for other similar actions.






© Ricardo Borges / VEJA



THE Supreme Federal Court (STF) has already decided that tickets at home should only occur with judicial authorization and with well-founded reasons that the location may be the scene of a crime. STJ ministers heard by VEJA claim that it is common for the police, based on an anonymous report, to invade the homes of “suspects”. Judges have overturned the procedure, although in many cases it creates impunity for criminals.

In April, Minister Sebastião Reis, a member of the Sixth Panel, granted an injunction stating that all prisoners who were granted provisional release on bail were released. Reis’ decision was unanimously confirmed on the last 14th day by the other members of the collegiate. It was up to the same ministers to grant collective habeas corpus, in September, to place in open regime all those convicted in the state of São Paulo for the crime of privileged trafficking, a situation in which the quantity of drugs seized is not high, the suspect is primary and does not integrate criminal organization.

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