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Rodrigo Garcia signs decree granting free legal aid to SP police

The agreement, which will be implemented by Garcia, provides that the Public Defender’s Office will act in defense of police officers charged with the crime of serious injury.

Guilherme Seto
Sao Paulo-SP

In a new letter to the security forces of São Paulo, Governor Rodrigo García (PSDB) signs this Tuesday (19) an order for the State Public Defender’s Office to provide free legal aid to civil and military police officers accused or investigated for related actions. professional exercise.

The agreement, which will be executed by Garcia, provides that the Public Defender’s Office will act in defense of police officers charged with crimes involving serious injury or death, aggravated assault, escape from prison, abuse of authority, attempted murder and murder.

The allowance places police officers as vulnerable to prosecution due to their constant exposure to crime. Therefore, the PA government notes that the quality of legal aid offered to the police tends to increase, as the Office of the Public Defender specializes in representing vulnerable groups.

Currently, police officers under investigation or charges must mount a defense with their own resources and are entitled to a free defense only when justice so requires.

In 2018, the government of São Paulo passed a law guaranteeing legal aid to police officers, but it has not been regulated.

García, who is running for re-election, has announced a series of measures targeting the security forces, an area that has aligned with Bolsonaroism in recent years, which former minister Tarcio de Freitas (Republicans) will have in Sao Paulo.


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Among the measures are increasing the number of people on the streets through Operation Sufoko, payment of bonuses and the drafting of a PEC (Proposal for Constitutional Amendment) to regulate the Criminal Police in the state.

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