Rio: “Niterói Cops Borked For Accusing Militias”

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Bat macumba oba: The Batman shield marks protected homes and businesses in Rio’s Western District — and appears on the campaign advertising of two local candidates. See Rio: “Armed Groups Interfere With Freedom of Association” for the paramilitary element in electoral politics … in regions where you either watch Rede Globo on GatoNet or somebody shoots you. DirecTV? Nem pensar.

The police investigator who was relieved of his post by the SSP had gathered testimony from residents of Camboinhas and Piratininga, who said PM squad cars only patrolled areas where residents and businessowners paid bribes. “This is extortion, I demanded an explanation from commanders, but got none,” Zucarelli says.

Delegado indicia oficiais da PM e abre crise na Polícia do Rio: “Police official accuses military police commanders and ignites a crisis in Rio law enforcement.” G1/Globo reports.

O delegado da 81ª DP (Itaipu), Armando Márcio Zucarelli, exonerado por determinação do secretário de Segurança Pública, José Mariano Beltrame, disse, nesta sexta-feira (21), que “não vai se calar enquanto for policial e cidadão”. Ele e seu adjunto, Marcus Pires, que também foi afastado, indiciaram oficiais da Polícia Militar sob a acusação de que “eles eram os maiores beneficiários da privatização dos serviços da PM” na Região Oceânica de Niterói, no Rio de Janeiro. As acusações geraram uma crise entre as duas instituições.

The commander of the 81st Police District in Itaipu, Armando Márcio Zucarelli, relieved of command by order of the state public safety secretary, Beltrame, on Friday, says, he is “not going to keep quiet, not while [he is] still a policeman and a citizen.” He and his aide, Marcus Pires, also suspended from his post, accused officers of the military police of being “the biggest beneficiaries of the privatization of military police services” in the Oceânica area of Niterói, in Rio de Janeiro state. The accusations created a crisis in the two police institutions.

The military police and the Policia Civil. The former subject to something like our UCMJ here in gringoland.

Only not quite. Our UCMJ is ultimately overseen by the folks responsible for making the Constitution apply to all and sundry. Even the people we arm to the teeth.

Said a gringo friend of mine the other day, “Gee, when are they going to get rid of that weird division of labor, anyway, and create a single police force under civilian governance like we have in [European country he comes from]?” A natural enough question.

On denouncers of maracutaias who get borked with extreme prejudice, see also

“Recebi vários telefonemas de solidariedade, alguns colegas disseram que a gente não deve mexer com certas coisas. Mas não penso assim”, afirmou, em sua sala repleta de inquéritos espalhados pela mesa de uma delegacia que mais parece uma casa caindo aos pedaços.

I have gotten a number of phone calls expressing solidarity, some colleagues say you should not mess with certain things. But I don’t think that way,” he said, in his office full of case files scattered over his desk in a precinct that looks like it is falling to pieces.

No bairro bucólico de Itaipu, funcionários ainda usam máquinas de datilografia e, no quintal, galinhas soltas cantam como se estivessem numa roça. O lugar é aparentemente calmo, mas, segundo o delegado, a criminalidade está assumindo proporções de cidade grande.

In the bucolic neighborhood of Itaipu, employees were using typewriters, and in the back, chickens were running loosing, cackling as if they were in the country. The place is apparently calm, but acccording to the official, crime is reaching big-city proportions.

Dois comandantes indiciados

Two commanders charged

Os principais alvos das investigações do delegado são o comandante do 12º BPM (Niterói), tenente-coronel Jorge Luiz Alfaia, e o coronel reformado César Muniz, ex-comandante do 1º Comando de Policiamento do Interior.

The principal targets of his investigations are the commander of the 12th Military Police Battalion (BPM) in Niterói, Lt. Col. Alfaia, and retired Col. Muniz, former commander of the First Command of [Downstate] Policing.

Os dois foram indiciados no mês passado por formação de quadrilha em inquérito que apura a criação de milícia na Região Oceânica de Niterói, no Rio de Janeiro. Dois outros policiais são apontados por envolvimento no esquema: o capitão Fábio Costa e o sargento Carlos Roberto Custódio. Eles também são investigados em sindicância nas Corregedorias Geral Unificada e da Polícia Militar.

The two were charged last month with criminal conspiracy in an inquiry into the creation of a militia in the Oceânica area of Niterói. Two other policemen are said to be involved: a Capt. Costa and a Sgt. Custódio. They are also the sbject of an internal investigation by the Unified Internal Affairs Division and the PM internal affairs.

O delegado reuniu depoimentos de moradores de Camboinhas e Piratininga, que afirmam que carros da PM só patrulham locais em que os moradores e comerciantes pagam propina. “Isso é extorsão, por isso pedi explicações aos comandantes, que não deram”, afirmou Zucarelli.

The police investigator who was relieved of his post by the SSP had gathered testimony from residents of Camboinhas and Piratininga, who said PM squad cars only patrolled areas where residents and businessowners paid bribes. “This is extortion, I demanded an explanation from commanders, but got none,” Zucarelli says.

Muniz e Alfaia negam as acusações e garantem que não existe atuação de milícias na Região Oceânica.

Muniz and Alfaia deny the charges and state categorically that there are no militias operating in Região Oceânica.

Zucarelli e Marcus Pires serão transferidos, segunda-feira, para o Departamento Geral de Administração Financeira. O novo titular da 81ª DP será Carlos Augusto Leba.

Zucarelli and Pires will be transferred on Monday to the Dept. of General Financial Administration. The new head of the 81st DP will be Carlos Augusto Leba.

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