Lawyers from the Broad Democratic Front for Human Rights (FADDH) filed this Thursday (12) with a lawsuit in the Federal Court in Rio de Janeiro for an inquiry to be launched to investigate how and why members of the Federal Highway Police arrested a woman on a highway because she cursed President Jair Bolsonaro (non-party). The request is for the investigation of a possible crime of abuse of authority.
Arrested on Saturday (11/27), in Resende, south of Rio de Janeiro, for calling President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) a “son of a bitch”, physiotherapist Camila Santos Leitão, 41, claimed, a few days after the incident, that cursed Bolsonaro for an “impulse act.”
“The citizen was improperly approached by members of the Federal Highway Police, who thought it best to embarrass her, claiming that they supposedly considered that she was committing a crime of libel against the President of the Republic”, the lawyers say in the procedural document, to which the Brazil in fact had access. The play continues, arguing that authorities from different police forces across the country have committed abuses of authority out of a desire to politically support the President of the Republic:
By adopting such a posture, of approaching and taking such a citizen, the police showed an authoritarian and subservient attitude, which seems to have been adopted by the security forces that do not accept criticism of the government and the president
Felippe Mendonça, one of the FADDH member lawyers who signs the application, told the Brazil in fact that there is no legal support for the arrest carried out, since it was based on the crime of libel, but that it cannot be applied in the specific case of Resende.
“Crimes against honor (such as injury), when it comes to public demonstrations against politicians with elected positions, tend not to be configured without an evident exaggeration, threat or if based on prejudices, such as xenophobia, racism or homophobia” , explains.
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According to the lawyer, “although a demonstration contains strong or potentially offensive words, if it is aimed at politicians with political office, it should be understood as an act against those who are subject to the vehement criticisms of the population”.
Mendonça concludes by pointing out that the intention of the facet he represents is “to impose the Democratic State and Law against those who commit abuse of authority, to prevent a state of exception from being reached, in which political demonstrations are impeded. to admit that people who abuse power go unpunished”.
Edition: Vinícius Segalla