Brazil’s new leader, President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, ran for office in part on a promise to crack down on the rampant crime plaguing the South American nation, and he just took a big step toward fulfilling that vow.
Bolsonaro has reportedly issued a “shoot to kill” order to law enforcement agencies with regard to armed criminals and gang members, and has said that officers who kill criminals in justified shootings will not face any punishment for the deaths.
On top of that, he has also reportedly transferred about 120 military snipers over to the police force in the city of Rio de Janeiro to bolster their numbers, with a clear task to “eliminate” any armed criminals wreaking havoc in the city.
Those orders come in addition to Bolsonaro’s moves to make firearms possession more accessible for law-abiding Brazilians for the purpose of self-defense, along with an end to reduced penalties for certain crimes and an eventual lowering of the threshold of criminal responsibility to 16 years of age … all part of a bid to reduce crime and make the streets of Brazil’s cities safer for non-criminal citizens.
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