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POLICE TRUTH AS LEGAL TRUTH: NARRATIVES OF DRUG TRAFFICKING IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM

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Author(s):
Maria Gorete Marques de Jesus [1]
Total Authors: 1
Affiliation:
[1] Universidade de São Paulo. Núcleo de Estudos da Violência - Brasil
Total Affiliations: 1
Document type: Journal article
Source: Revista Brasileira de Ciências Sociais; v. 35, n. 102 2019-12-20.
Abstract

What makes it possible for jurists and civil servants, especially judges, to receive police narratives about red-handed drug trafficking offences as truth? To answer this question, this paper presents case analyzes, field records of judicial hearings and interviews with police officers, judges and prosecutors. It verified that the police truth arises from a selection process relative to what the arresting officers consider appropriate to report as official. Several beliefs enable judges to acknowledge this narrative as truth: belief in police function, in the police knowledge, and the conduct of the police officer. But belief dispenses with knowing, unbeknownst to how the information was produced and acquired by the police. Police truth is a narrative that holds legitimacy for justice, comprising the central element for the constitution of legal truth. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 14/19557-8 - What is in the world is not in the records: the construction of the legal truth in the processes of drug trafficking crimes
Grantee:Maria Gorete Marques de Jesus
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate