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Video as Evidence in Brazil

Video as Evidence Brazil

Videos caught on cell phone cameras have increasingly changed the outcome of many cases in Brazilian courts. These are cases where the truth would have never come to light without video – the attempt to cover up an execution by police in the Morro da Providencia community, in Rio; a young man imprisoned for a crime he did not commit in São Paulo; a grenade being planted by a police officer into the backpack of a young protester during a demonstration.

With cell phones and cameras everywhere (or a little more everywhere each day), it’s a global trend: from Brazil to the United States, Sri Lanka to the Democratic Republic of Congo, video continues to prove to be a powerful weapon to expose lies that, in some places, have become an epidemic: for example the infamous “resistance” or “legitimate defense” claims that always surface when someone dies in confrontation with police in Brazil.

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