Rio: “52 Military Policeman Paid Off Weekly By Drug Traffic”

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“Does the arrest of 52 police troopers in Rio indicate a change in the force? Yes, it is a first step. No, there will always be corrupt police.” Source: Terra Magazine. Whose advertisers NMM does not necessarily endorse (our TV her happens to be a Gradiente). 

On that cold and calculating night of wind-whipped rain when this reporter, along with Bentana of Record and Penhaul of CNN, went to observe the PCC firsthand in the shantytowns, and the cops who were trying to contain the PCC attacks, with bulletproof vests few and far between, the city was split into an overarching metaphor: On one side, the good guys, on the other, the bad guys. But what I want to argue now is that while there are certainly no good guys to be found in the PCC, there certainly are bad guys inside the forces of righteousness, commonly known as the police. The media is only going to abandon mythmaking for reality when it starts reporting the real reasons for the terrorist attacks by the PCC: police corruption, torture. — Claudio Tognolli

According to police captain André Drumond, the policemen arrested charged R$2,000 to R$3,000 a week to dealers in at least three shantytowns in the Duque de Caxias area to avoid operations at their location and for warnings of the presence of troopers from other PM battalions.

Item: Operação prende 52 PMs acusados de ligação com o tráfico no Rio (Reuters/Estado de S. Paulo).

If 52 NYPD cops from the same precinct got busted earning ten times their salary from being in business with the drug traffic — and running death-squads, and generally being the mafia rather than borking it — Court TV would run blanket coverage of their jury trial for months on end.

In this case, police internal affairs says the policemen might get kicked off the force. Or not. It’s an internal police matter, really. Not really the public’s business.

RIO DE JANEIRO – A polícia do Rio de Janeiro prendeu nesta segunda-feira 52 policiais militares, todos integrantes de um mesmo batalhão, acusados de ligação com o tráfico de drogas.

Rio police today arrested 52 military policemen, all members of the same battalion, on charges of ties to the drug trade.

Além dos policiais presos, cinco traficantes que mantinham relação com os PMs também foram detidos e dois estão foragidos. Segundo a Secretaria de Segurança do Estado, há ainda sete PMs do batalhão sendo procurados.

Besides the policeman arrested, five traffickers who maintained relations with the troopers were also detained. Two others are fugitives from justice. According to the state public security secretary, 7 troopers are still being sought.

“Infelizmente nós temos policiais envolvidos com o crime, seja na (Polícia) Civil ou Militar. Esse trabalho não acabou e vai continuar, mas necessita de calma, tranquilidade e discrição”, disse o secretário de Segurança Pública do Estado do Rio, José Mariano Beltrame, a jornalista.

“Unfortunately, we do have policemen involved in crime, whether in the state police or the military police.

Stop the presses.

This work is not over and will continue, but it must be done calmly, coolly and with discretion,” said Rio state public security secretary José Mariano Beltrame to a journalist.

Entre os presos estão soldados, cabos e sargentos, e o efetivo detido representa quase 10 por cento do Batalhão de Duque de Caxias, onde estão lotados 612 PMs.

Among those arrested are troopers, corporals and sergeants, and the number of PMs  arrested represents nearly 10 percent of the manpower of the Duque de Caxias Battalion, where 612 troopers are assigned.

As investigações começaram em fevereiro, mas a secretaria calcula que a relação entre policiais e traficantes tenha começado há um ano e meio.

The investigations began in February, but Beltrame calculates that the relationship between police and traffickers may have begun a year and a half ago.

According to research I have been doing, the relationship between police and drug trafficking — and gambling, and prostitution, and murder for hire, and … — in Rio de Janeiro goes back to the 1940s.

Segundo o delegado da Polícia Civil André Drumond, os policiais presos cobravam de 2.000 a 3.900 reais por semana dos traficantes de ao menos três favelas da região de Duque de Caxias para evitar operações no local e para avisar sobre a presença de PMs de outros batalhões.

According to police captain André Drumond, the policemen arrested charged R$2,000 to R$3,000 a week to dealers in at least three shantytowns in the Duque de Caxias area to avoid operations at their location and for warnings of the presence of troopers from other PM battalions.

Drumond estima que 15 traficantes eram presos e soltos logo em seguida em virtude do acordo que tinham com os policiais.

Drumond estimates that 15 traffickers were arrested and immediately released because of their deal with the police.

The really grotesque incident was when the PM shot it out with drug traffickers involved in a turf battle in Catumbi, closing off one of the main access routes to downtown Rio during rush hour.

Rocking and rolling machine-gun suppressing fire everywhere! Stockbrokers in suits running for cover! Panic in the streets like you have never seen in your entire freaking life!

They caught the drug-gang leader who led the invasion.

They even perp-walked him for the eager media.

Then a PM lieutenant got the guy let go.

I shit you not.

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“Nós estamos investigando outros crimes cometidos por esse policiais, como homicídios, tráfico de drogas, armas e roubo de cargas”, disse o delegado, ao afirmar que a operação, chamada Duas Caras, não tem prazo para terminar.

“We are investigating other crimes committed by these policemen, such as murders, drug trafficking, arms trafficking, and hijacking,” said the captain, saying that Operation Two-Face, as it is called, has no expiration date, and will continue.

Os policiais podem ser expulsos da corporação e, segundo a Corregedoria da PM, os presos vão responder por formação de quadrilha, corrupção ativa e passiva, associação para o tráfico de drogas e concussão.

The police may be expelled from the force and, according to PM internal affairs, will answer to charges of rackeetering, active and passive corruption, conspiracy to traffic drugs, and embezzlement.

Will answer to a separate, parallel military justice system whose track record of convictions over the decades does not inspire confidence that the Rio military police have suddenly developed zero tolerance for impunity.

“Talvez tenhamos que chamar a Força Nacional de Segurança para reforçar o patrulhamento em Duque de Caxias”, ressaltou Beltrame.

“We may have to call on the National Public Security Force [FNSP] to reinforce patrols in the area,” Beltrame noted.

Em dezembro do ano passado, 74 policiais foram presos na operação Tingui, mas eram de batalhões diferentes. Entre 2005 e 2007, 553 PMs já foram afastados da corporação por má conduta no Estado do Rio de Janeiro.

In December 2006, 74 police were arrested in Operation Tingui, but were from different battalions. Between 2005 and 2007, 533 PMs were fired for misconduct in the state of Rio de Janeiro.

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BOPE spokesmen –“we kill to create a better world” — consistently describe any and all felonies as “atrocities,” among other astonishing rhetorical excesses.

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