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Mon Jun 29, 2020, 11:33 PM

WHAT THE DICTATORSHIP IN BRAZIL WAS: Regime Seeded Police with Repressive Values and Methods

The military regime's security model seeped into the democratic era


Jun.29.2020 3:53PM

When looking for military dictatorship fingerprints in Brazilian public security, three fallacies emerge.

The first is the false impression that the regime was a period of control and efficiency, with low crime and without corruption among public officials. This motivates some nostalgia for some of the period.

The second is the misleading attribution of the origin of all the ills, violence, and incapacities of today's police to the years of military command.

The third is the illusion that the Amnesty Law and the Constitution of 88 would be enough to end violations of the dictatorship and lead the country's institutions to automatically adhere to the principles of the democratic rule of law.

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This is because the first policemen emerged during the Brazil Empire as armed guards at the service of the elite slave owners. These forces later became militarized forces and, finally, small armies operated by local oligarchies.


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