‘Our State Is Racist, But If I Call It Out, I’m Whining’, Says Attorney Handcuffed During Hearing

Lawyer Valéria Lucia dos Santos, 48, was handcuffed by policemen on Monday (10th) during a court hearing in Duque de Caxias, in the state of Rio de Janeiro.

Valéria and the magistrate started an argument because the lawyer asked to examine the defense’s petition. The magistrate denied the request and called the police.

People present in the hearing recorded videos, but they don’t give a complete picture of the discussion. The Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) said that Valéria was “absolutely correct” and the act was a severe violation of her rights. The Rio de Janeiro Court of Justice issued a statement saying that the magistrate asked for police reinforcements “in order to contain an attorney who was refusing to follow the magistrate’s directions.”
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