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Brazil police cannot help violent crime victims
Associated Press
2013-01-10 12:21 AM
Police in Brazil's most populous state can no longer give first aid to victims injured in violent crimes or in shootouts with law enforcement officers.

Sao Paulo State Public Safety Department says in a statement posted on its website that as of Wednesday only emergency response teams and paramedics can provide treatment to victims at the scene of the crime or shootout with police.

Department head Fernando Grella Vieira says the state government enacted the measure "to safeguard the health of victims and guarantee the preservation of the crime scene for forensic investigations."

State legislator Olimpio Gomes is a former police officer. He tells the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper that the measure "shows the government does not trust police."

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