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Argentine federal security officers given more tolerance to use lethal weapons

Tuesday, December 4th 2018 - 08:57 UTC
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Resolution 956/2018, signed by Security minister Patricia Bullrich says lethal weapons can be used when “other non violent means are not effective” Resolution 956/2018, signed by Security minister Patricia Bullrich says lethal weapons can be used when “other non violent means are not effective”

A tough new ruling has come into effect in Argentina allowing federal security officers to appeal to lethal weapons when faced with criminal actions. Resolution 956/2018, signed by Security minister Patricia Bullrich says lethal weapons can be used when “other non violent means are not effective”.

 This means the use of lethal weapons is valid in “self defense or in defense of other persons, in cases of imminent danger of death or serious injuries”, with the purpose of impeding the commission of a particularly grave crime, with imminent risk of life or physical integrity of peoples“.

Furthermore lethal weapons can be applied in the arrest of a person which represents imminent danger and opposes resistance to the authority, or to impede the breakaway of whom represents that imminent danger, and until attaining the arrest.

”Imminent danger“ is described when there is threat of life risk or serious injuries for the acting officer or for third persons, or when the presumed criminal is in possession of a lethal weapon, even when it later results that is was a copy or simile of a lethal weapon.

The same principle can be applied when there is a realistic presumption that the suspect could be carrying a lethal weapon. In this last case when the suspect belongs to a group of two or more persons and another member of the group has a weapon or has fired, or has injured third persons”.

Likewise when the suspect ”tries to obtain a lethal weapon in circumstances that indicate the intention of using it against an officer or third persons, or in the case the suspect makes movements that indicate the imminent use of such a weapon.

The resolution further establishes that when the need to use lethal weapons, officers must identify themselves as such, warning aloud to cease all illicit activities, except in those cases where such an action can mean a death risk or grave injuries to other persons.

The federal security officer is not obliged to identify himself when his life or physical integrity are endangered or when it is evidently inadequate or unnecessary.

Article 4 makes it mandatory, in every situation where the use of lethal weapons causes injuries or death, to immediately request assistance and medical services to those injured. Finally these actions must be immediately communicated to the competent authority and higher ranks to ensure judicial supervision and the information of the relatives of those involved.

Resolution 956/2018 is effective for the Argentine Federal Police, Gendarmerie, Coast Guard and Airports Security police, all of which are under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Security.

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  • Chicureo

    Police officers worldwide are trained to shoot as many rounds as necessary at the threat they are confronted with until the threat is neutralized – that is, they are trained to fire until the suspect is unable to shoot or in some other way injure the officer, other police or bystanders. Why on earth would anyone find this wrong, unless they're mentally deranged like Enrique Massot.

    Dec 04th, 2018 - 10:08 pm +1
  • Enrique Massot

    Patricia Bullrich, one of the most disgusting members of the Macri government, has openly condoned several happy trigger incidents that resulted in citizen's deaths, and rumours have her as vice-president candidate in a possible Macri presidential candidacy -- which would be an attempt to use the Bolsonaro effect in Argentina.

    Her resolution has already prompted one denunciation for abuse of authority, and a constitutional challenge will be launched soon.

    This pathetic character, who enjoys appearing in camouflaged attire among troops, will remain as one of the darkest sides of Macri's Revolution of Joy.

    Dec 04th, 2018 - 07:27 pm 0
  • Think

    TWIMC...

    My hermanito Shileno just above says...:
    ***“Police officers worldwide are trained to shoot as many rounds as necessary at the threat they are confronted with until the threat is neutralized”***

    I say...:
    Like the heroic Shilean pacos..., that only needed one (1) single second and one (1) single shot to the neck of a young unarmed Mapuche that was driving a tractor to “neutralize” him...?
    (It took them though thereafter..., the best part of an hour to figure out how best to destroy the memory cards of their bodycams... Wonder why...?)

    Donde murió Camilo nacerá un foiye........
    https://es.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camilo_Catrillanca

    Dec 04th, 2018 - 11:07 pm -1
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