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  • Brazil’s President grants Christmas pardon to police officers convicted of involuntary crimes

    Published on December 25, 2019

    Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has granted a Christmas pardon to police officers convicted of involuntary crimes. The pardon applies to police who acted in self-defense or out of necessity, for example if while doing so they accidentally killed a bystander.

    It benefits those who have served at least one-sixth of their sentence, and includes police if they took action while off-duty to eliminate risks to themselves or others.

    Bolsonaro, who was elected on a law-and-order platform, has pledged to defend cops and said those who shoot criminals should be given medals rather than face legal processes.

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