In the coming days, the Municipal Guard of Curitiba will start using cameras in their day-to-day work. For the initial testing phase, six body cameras will be delivered (body cam), in addition to two cameras that will be attached to the vehicles, requiring facial identification for placement and removal of the equipment.
In all, 675 devices will be distributed in the coming months to be used in the security actions developed by the corporation. There are 515 body cams and 160 vehicular cameras (80 indoors and 80 outdoors).
“These are cameras to be placed on municipal guards’ vests in search of absolute respect for human rights in social defense actions. Soon GM will be trained and all Social Defense actions will be witnessed”, said Mayor Rafael Greca (DEM), who received the devices on Tuesday (26).
The Municipal Guard of Curitiba has been carrying out cases of constant violence. The most recent resulted in the death of a young man in the historic center of the city.
Mateus Noga, aged 22, was killed with nine shots fired by the Municipal Guard in action to disperse agglomeration in Largo da Ordem, in September.
Other recurrent cases of violence and aggression against citizens occurred in evictions in urban squatters in the capital.
The use of cameras in uniforms and vehicles is also a demand for the other security forces in the state. This Tuesday (26), state deputy Tadeu Veneri (PT) asked for the vote on project 448/2019, which has been stopped for two years at the Constitution and Justice Committee of the Legislative Assembly of Paraná (Alep).
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Veneri’s project foresees the use of cameras in the uniforms and cars of the security forces fleet in all municipalities in Paraná. However, there is resistance from some deputies to discuss the matter. Government representatives have argued that the initiative for the law cannot come from the Legislature and falls to the head of the Executive Branch.
“Other states are using cameras and the reduction in cases of violence against the population and the police reaches 80% in some cases. […] This is a project for the good of society and the police, as it helps to confront versions and clarify doubts”, said Veneri.
A study released last month shows that the use of video cameras in police uniforms resulted in a drop of up to 61.2% in the use of force by security officers, including use of physical force, lethal and non-lethal weapons, handcuffs and carrying out arrests in occurrences with the presence of civilians.
The study was carried out by researchers from the universities of Warwick, Queen Mary and the London School of Economics, in the United Kingdom, and from PUC-Rio, in Brazil, based on an experiment carried out with the Military Police of Santa Catarina.
Source: BoF Paraná
Edition: Lia Bianchini