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Police abuse, discretion and surveillance technologies in Latin America


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Population growth
Populations, Human
Human population
Human populations
Power (Social sciences)
Empowerment (Social sciences)
Political power


Police abuse is a problem of sociological interest and an object of social concern arising from the ‘new visibility’ of the interaction of violence between the police and the population, as a result of the different uses of surveillance technologies, particularly in forms such as bottom-up surveillance or sousveillance. Based on systematisation and analysis of qualitative data, the impact of surveillance technologies in 129 cases of police abuse recorded in video in Latin America is discussed. The results indicate that video surveillance has become a relevant mechanism for documenting and identifying cases of serious human rights violations; however, institutional discretion, failures in registers and the power of state actors to decide when to register an arbitrary practice makes it impossible for them to become effective control mechanisms to sanction and prevent arbitrary practices.

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