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The legitimacy of killing and dying on the public security policies

Grant number: 19/20561-3
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2019
Effective date (End): March 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Sociology - Other specific Sociologies
Principal Investigator:Sergio França Adorno de Abreu
Grantee:Thais Gonçalves Portela
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/07923-7 - Center of the Study of Violence - NEV/USP, AP.CEPID


This project aims to understand the historical permanence of the legitimacy of lethal state violence, based on the diagnosis of the deaths committed and suffered by civil and military police in the city of São Paulo. The research will seek to identify the pattern of action of police and prosecutors of the State of São Paulo (MPSP) based on the analysis of the processing flow of cases of deaths resulting from police intervention and police deaths in the criminal justice system of Sao Paulo. From the information obtained in court proceedings will be built a database that will allow to identify the most recurring arguments brought by the different state agents involved in the cases, namely: police and prosecutors. In this sense, it is expected to verify the existence (or nonexistence) of standards, both in the performance of the police, as in the evaluation and interpretation of the MPSP, responsible for the external control of police activity, regarding to the legitimacy of these cases.

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