The non-registered deputy Joacine Katar Moreira asked the Government for explanations this Wednesday about the use of police force on a minor youth in a social institution in Coimbra, which led to the opening of an investigation by the PSP and a criminal complaint.
In a document submitted to parliament, addressed to the Ministry of Internal Administration, the deputy asks what “specific training” is given to security forces to deal with institutionalized children and young people at risk and whether this training “is part of the School's curricula Police practice, being updated in specific formations during the police career “.
In another question, addressed to the Ministry of Labor and Social Solidarity, Joacine Katar-Moreira asks what are the situations in which it is foreseen to activate the security forces to intervene in homes where children and young people in institutional custody are institutionalized.
The PSP of Coimbra instituted a disciplinary process on Sunday to investigate an alleged aggression by a police officer against a young man from a social institution that welcomes minors in the municipality. The presence of the PSP in Lar São Martinho do Padre Serra, Coimbra, was requested by an employee because some of the young people were allegedly disturbing the functioning of the institution, according to a statement from that police.
On Sunday, SIC television revealed images showing a young man being assaulted by a PSP agent, a situation that led the District Command to institute disciplinary proceedings to investigate the facts.
“How will these institutionalized children and young people feel, in the custody of the State, if – because they are at risk, without a parental structure or are even victims of abandonment, social, economic or school exclusion and, for this very reason, they have problems behavioral – the society, namely the security forces, which should welcome, protect, educate and integrate them, harm them even more? “, lamented Joacine Katar-Moreira.
The deputy stresses that the PSP had already been called to the site before, on April 6, “an episode that will have preceded the decision to obtain images at dawn on the 26th, since, according to the reports of the young people, they would have, then, `feeling mistreated by the police '”, an event reported by a technician of the institution to the Commission for the Protection of Children and Youth (CPCJ).
Joacine also asks for information about the “police outreach programs” being carried out with institutionalized minors and “how the circumstances of covid-19 are inserted in them” and whether the security forces have received “appropriate training to approach the population “in the context of the pandemic,” given the exceptional nature of this situation and its unprecedented impact at various levels, both on people and on entities “.
Finally, the deputy wants to know what means are available to the Commission for the Protection of Children and Youth in monitoring these types of cases.