Brazil presidential candidate says cops should have free rein to kill criminals

August 30, 2018 12:53 AM

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“This kind of people (criminals), you cannot treat them as if they were normal human beings, OK? We can’t let policemen keep dying at the hands of those guys,” Bolsonaro said on TV Globo’s main nightly news program. “If he kills 10, 15 or 20 with 10 or 30 bullets each, he needs to get a medal and not be prosecuted.”

Bolsonaro is polling second ahead of Brazil’s October presidential election, with jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in the lead. But da Silva is likely to be barred from running by electoral authorities for a corruption conviction.

Bolsonaro has a history of controversial comments. He has defended Brazil’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship and made comments opponents have called homophobic and racist.


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