Rio de Janeiro: The Copacabana Serpico?

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Moraes recalled that Neto is known for his actions against police corruption. He also noted that Neto is at the forefront of a number of major investigations, among them the kidnapping of a Mangueira drug trafficker that may have been carried off by police.

Delegado da divisão anti-seqüestro sofre atentado no Rio: “Antikidnapping constable suffers attack in Rio.”

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Following in the footsteps of Larry “Life Imitates the Movies” Rohter, I like to suggest two movies to Brazilian friends on the topic of crusades to clean up Gotham City: The Untouchables and Serpico.

The films of Martin Scorcese also seem very appropriate to the São Paulo we live in today, and yet the local critics were lukewarm to The Departed, even as they praised 007: Casino Royale to the skies. Which seems indicative somehow.
Of course, in real life, gangbuster and Capone nemesis Elliot Ness did not cross the line and summarily execute Capone henchman Frank Nitti, as shown in Brian de Palma’s film.

O delegado-adjunto da Divisão anti-seqüestro (DAS) da Polícia Civil do Rio de Janeiro, Alexandre Neto, sofreu um atentado. Ele foi atingido por cinco tiros na porta do edifício onde mora, na Rua Constante Ramos, em Copacabana, zona Sul do Rio, um dia depois de o delegado-chefe da DAS, Fernando Moraes, ter sido baleado numa operação policial.

Rio de Janeiro kidnapping division constable Alexandre Neto has been attacked. He was struck by five bullets at the door of the building where he lives on Constante Ramos St. in Copacabana, Zona Sul, one day after the head of the kidnapping division, Fernando Moraes, was shot during a police raid.

Internado num hospital particular da zona Norte, o delegado não corre risco de morrer. Alexandre Neto é o policial que teve o assassinato sugerido numa ligação telefônica interceptada em outubro do ano passado pela Polícia Federal, na Operação Gladiador.

Hospitalized at a private facility in the Northern District, the policeman is not in danger of his life. Neto is the policeman whose assassination was suggested in a telephone conversation intercepted last October during the federal police’s Operation Gladiator.

Na conversa, um inspetor investigado se queixava de um dossiê atribuído a Neto sobre o envolvimento do ex-chefe de Polícia Civil Álvaro Lins e de um grupo de policiais com a máfia dos caça-níqueis.

In that conversation, a police inspector under investigation complained of a dossier attributed to Neto on the involvement of former police chief Lins and a group of police with the “nickel-hunter” mafia.

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A investigadora Marina Maggessi chegou a sugerir, na ocasião, que o assunto fosse resolvido com “um monte de tiros nos cornos dele”. Mas a hoje deputada Marina reiterou que usou apenas de uma força de expressão.

Police investigator Marina Maggessi suggested at the time that matter could be resolved with “a ton of bullets in the guy’s head.” But Maggessi, now a federal legislator, reiterated that this was merely using a forceful manner of speaking.

“Ele tem um monte de inimigos. Qualquer um pode ter feito isso, aproveitando-se da minha celeuma pública com ele para botar na minha conta. O melhor é que ele não morreu e poderá ajudar nas investigações. Além disso, ele está lotado na delegacia que tem a melhor equipe do Rio. Eles vão conseguir esclarecer esse atentado”, afirmou a deputada.

“He has a ton of enemies. Anyone could have done this, using my public [reputational woes] to pin the crime on me. The best part is that he did not die and can now help in the investigations. Furthermore, he is part of the police division with the best team in Rio. They are going to get to the bottom of this,” Maggessi said.

No momento do ataque, Neto estava no carro descaracterizado da Polícia Civil, segundo informações de policiais militares.

At the moment of the attack, Neto was in an unmarked police car, according to information from military police.

O veículo estava estacionado em frente ao edifício onde ele mora. O delegado pegava objetos no carro, quando um outro carro parou à sua frente, fechando a passagem, e o motorista disparou contra o pára-brisa.

The car was parked in front of the building where Neto lives. The policeman was picking up items in the car when another car stopped in front of him, blocking him off, and the driver fired into his windshield.

Instintivamente, Neto ficou de lado e encolheu-se, para se proteger. Oito tiros de pistola PT 380 perfuraram o vidro do carro. Cinco deles atingiram o delegado do lado direito do corpo: dois na mão, um no ombro, um no braço e outro no antebraço.

Instinctively, Neto moved to one side and curled up to protect himself. Eight shot from a PT .380 pistol pierced the windshield. Five of them struck the policeman on the right side of his body: Two in the hand, one in the shoulder, one in the arm and another in the forearm.

Um amigo o socorreu. No fim da tarde, ele foi submetido a uma cirurgia reparadora ortopédica na mão. Um dos dedos foi dilacerado.

A friend rendered aid. In the late afternoon he underwent orthepedic reconstructive surgery on his hand. One of his fingers was shredded.

A Rua Constante Ramos estava movimentada no momento do atentado, por volta das 13 horas. O edifício tem um bar no térreo, que estava cheio. Apesar disso, a polícia teve dificuldades para localizar testemunhas – com medo, freqüentadores do bar e vizinhos se recusaram a falar.

Traffic was heavy on the street at the moment of the attack, around 1 pm. The building has a bar on the ground floor, which was full. Despite this, the police had difficulty locating witnesses. Fearful bar patrons and neighbors refused to talk.

A placa do carro não foi anotada e havia, ainda, dúvidas sobre a cor e o tipo do veículo.

The license plate of the care was not noted, and there were also doubts about its color and make.

Policiais e delegados de quatro delegacias apresentaram-se voluntariamente para ajudar nas investigações. O registro foi feito em uma das delegacias de Copacabana, mas o chefe da Polícia Civil, delegado Gilberto Ribeiro, determinou abertura imediata de um inquérito pela Delegacia de Homicídios, que concentrará todas as informações levantadas.

Police and constables from four precincts showed up to volunteer their help in the investigations. The incident was booked at a Copacabana precinct, but the state judicial police chief, Gilberto Ribeiro, decided to transfer the case immediately to Homicide, which will handle all the information that is turned up.

O delegado Fernando Moraes – apesar dos ferimentos dos estilhaços da bala de que foi alvo no estouro do cativeiro de um empresário na Baixada Fluminense no sábado – esteve no hospital onde o colega estava sendo operado.

DAS chief Moraes, despite wounds from bullet fragments he received in the rescue of a kidnapped businessman in the Baixada Fluminense [downstate Rio] on Saturday, was at the hospital where his colleague was undergoing surgery.

Neto presidiu o inquérito que culminou na operação de sábado, mas policiais da DAS não acreditam que o atentado tenha relação com a solução do seqüestro.

Neto was in charge of the operation that culminated in Saturday’s raid, but DAS agents do not believe his shooting was related to that case.

Moraes lembrou que o delegado é conhecido por sua atuação contra a corrupção policial. Ele também ponderou que Neto está à frente de várias investigações importantes, entre elas a do seqüestro de um traficante da Mangueira que teria sido praticado por policiais.

Moraes recalled that Neto is known for his actions against police corruption. He also noted that Neto is at the forefront of a number of major investigations, among them the kidnapping of a Mangueira drug trafficker that may have been carried off by police.

Embora não descarte nenhuma hipótese, o chefe da DAS demonstrou suspeitar que a motivação do crime esteja na divisão interna da polícia e disse que a investigação partirá das denúncias de Neto.

Though ruling out no theories of the case, the DAS chief displayed suspicions that the crime was motivated by internal divisions in the police, and said that the investigation would begin with Neto’s accusations.

“Essa pequena banda podre da polícia, por assim dizer, não vai interferir no nosso trabalho. A banda podre tem que perder. A banda boa vai ganhar, pode ter certeza”, disse Moraes.

“This rotten element in the police, so to speak, is not going to interfere in our work. The rotten element is going to lose. The good guys are going to win, you can bet on it,” said Moraes.

Amigo de Neto, o secretário do sindicato dos delegados do Rio, Vinícius George, foi na mesma linha: “Alexandre teve coragem de enfrentar situações que muita gente tolerava e até participava. É uma possibilidade que isso tenha servido de motivação para o crime.”

A friend of Neto’s, the secretary of the police constables’ union in Rio, Vinícius George, spoke in the same terms: “Alexandre had the courage to face situations that many people tolerated and even participated in. It’s possible that’s what motivated this crime.”

So let us get this straight: Brazil’s most famous postcard, the fabulous resort beach of Copacabana, has a dark underbelly?

Its theme song might well the Stones doing “Shattered” rather than “Garota de Ipanema“?

Go on, bite the Big Apple.
Don’t mind the maggots.

Well, knock me over with a feather.

(We tend to like to stay in Ipanema because the seamy underbelly of the scene there is at least a little more comprehensible to us. That is, we feel, at least, that we understand what is going down at any given moment and can navigate through and around it a little more comfortably.

But then again, we have not been to Rio in a while.)

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