The Rubbing Out of an O Globo Source: An Internet-Only Story?

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Poll of 2,200 Web site visitors: “Do police react more forcefully and immediately to criminals when police are the victims of violence? Yes, when a policeman is killed, the PMs and civil police respond more violently (68%). No, police operations are not motivated by revenge. Yes, and necessarily so, so that bandits will respect police (25%). No, but that’s how it should be.” Source: O Globo Online, September 9, 2007. The poll, incoherently worded, does not test negative and positive attitudes uniformly, it seems to me.

Damous also lamented the statement by Governor Cabral, “who is ultimately responsible for public safety in the state, casting aspersions on supposed ties the community leader had with the drug traffic, at a moment when what is needed is for the murderers to be punished and for the activity of criminal organizations embedded in the police forces to be put a stop to.

Acão contra líder da Kelson’s foi planejada num bar, diz delegado (G1/Globo): While most of the Brazilian media continues to obsess over the case of Anglo-Portuguese Jon Benet Ramsay — including TV Globo, as far as I can tell — Globo’s G1 news portal is doing an exemplary job so far of following up on a story that hits closer to home.

A black shantytown community leader who was courageous — or imprudent — enough to speak on the record to the O Globo newspaper gets gunned down.

Suspects: The military police troopers he denounced as death-squadders responsible for more than 200 deaths in his community this year.

Who were released from custody after 72 hours confined to barracks.

I wonder, what responsibility does a newspaper have when one of their sources gets whacked precisely because they served as a source for that newspaper? Ask Sidney Schanberg of the New York Times.

The latest newsflow.

Policia suspeita que dois policiais militares, um bombeiro e dois informantes da PM estejam envolvidos no desaparecimento do líder comunitário Jorge Silva Siqueira Neto. Ele sumiu na sexta-feira (7).

The police suspect that two military police troopers, a fireman and two military police informants might have been involved in the disappearance of community leader Jorge Silva Siqueira Neto. He disappeared on Friday, September 7.

Last seen bleeding from various bullet holes while being stuffed into the trunk of his own car, as far as I know.

Entre os nomes que aparecem na nova linha de investigação estão os dos cabos da PM, Fernando Barcellos e Alexandre Batista, denunciados por Jorge por pertencerem à milícia que teria tomado conta da favela Kelson’s, no subúrbio do Rio.

Among the names appearing in the new line of investigation are two PM corporals, Fernando Barcellos and Alexandre Batista, accused by Jorge of belonging to the militia that reportedly took over the Kelson’s shantytown in the Rio suburbs.

Os dois já prestaram depoimento na 40ªDP (Rocha Miranda). Segundo o delegado, Altair Queiroz, da 40ªDP (Rocha Miranda), uma testemunha contou que os viu reunidos num bar em Cordovil, no subúrbio, onde teriam tramado a ação, na véspera do crime.

The two gave statements at the 40th Precinct in Rocha Miranda. According to the precinct commander, Altair Queiroz, one witness said he saw them meeting in a bar in Cordovil, allegedly planning the crime, the night before committing it.

Queiroz pretende, ainda nesta segunda, fazer uma acareação entre Barcellos e o informante Carlos Augusto Pereira da Silva, preso no sábado (8) acusado da morte de um motoboy. Outras três testemunhas devem ser ouvidas pelo delegado também nesta segunda.

This Monday, Queiroz intends to confront Barcellos with informant Carlos Augusto Pereira da Silva, who was arrested on Saturday in the slaying of a motorcycle deliveryman. Another three witnesses are also scheduled to be heard today.

OAB critica atuação da secretaria de segurança

Order of Brazilian Attorneys criticizes state public safety chief

O presidente da Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil/RJ, Wadih Damous, criticou nesta segunda-feira (10) a atuação das autoridades de segurança pública na proteção do presidente da associação de moradores da favela Kelson’s, Jorge Silva Siqueira Neto

The president of the OAB-RJ, Wadih Damous, today criticized the state law enforcement officials for [not] protecting the president of the residents association in Kelson’s, Mr. Silva Siqueira.

On the OAB-RJ’s credentials as staunch defenders of thoroughly and courageously borking bad cops, however, see

You have mafia-tied paramilitary death squads protected by a political fix helping clean up the town for the Pan-American Games.

You bork people who going around saying so. There are many Brazilians putting their ass on the line to make it not be a banana republic. But banana-republicanism of the worst kind clearly persists. And that case there really makes me wonder if Damous is not part of the problem.

Segundo nota divulgada pela OAB, “o seqüestro e o provável assassinato de Jorge foi uma verdadeira afronta aos poderes constituídos”.

According to an OAB press release, “the kidnapping and likely assassination of Jorge was a open affront to the established authorities.”

Para Damous, faltou capacidade do governo em proteger alguém que ousou denunciar a ação de policiais criminosos. “Não há como desvincular a provável morte do líder comunitário das denúncias que fez. E não há como deixar de lamentar a inércia dos chefes da área de segurança pública, que se mostraram incapazes de proteger a vida de um cidadão que ousou denunciar policiais-bandidos”, criticou.

In Damous’s view, the government lacks the capability to protect someone who had the courage to denounce the activities of criminal policemen. “There is no way to avoid linking the probable death of the community leader from the charges he made. There is no way to avoid lamenting the inaction of public safety leadership, who demonstrated they are incapable of protecting the life of a citizen who dared to denounce policeman-bandits,” he criticize.

O presidente da Ordem lamentou também a declaração do governador Sérgio Cabral, “responsável maior pelas forças de segurança no estado, lançando suspeição sobre supostas ligações do líder comunitário com o tráfico de drogas, num momento em que o que se exige é a punição dos assassinos e um basta na ação dos grupos criminosos enquistados na polícia.”

Damous also lamented the statement by Governor Cabral, “who is ultimately responsible for public safety in the state, casting aspersions on supposed ties the community leader had with the drug traffic, at a moment when what is needed is for the murderers to be punished and for the activity of criminal organizations embedded in the police forces to be put a stop to.

Cabral said that? The man does tend to gabble, it’s true. See

On the other hand, when I read his actual words, I think I see Cabral acknowledging, in response to a question, that the police were looking into the man’s doings, but also saying, very carefully, that that fact does not mitigate the vicious crime committed against him. Which would make Damous’s railing against his remarks something of a straw man.

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Underground Rio van service vehicle, loaded with black-clad corpses wearing combat boots. See Rio de Janeiro: “Carobinha Death Toll Reaches 10″


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