Rio’s Justice League: City Councilman Arrested on Death-Squad Charge

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The Justice League; Nadinho and Natalino’s campaigns, and protection schemes, used the Batman symbol, while a death squad elsewhere in Brazil used the Thundercats (superhuman Gnostic mutant vigilantes) as its emblem.

According to reports to the Fourth Precinct of the Military Judicial Police (DPJM), Jerominho, Natalino and Luciano commanded a militia called the Justice League, in Campo Grande.

Operação com 400 policiais prende vereador no Rio: Terra reports new developments in an ongoing police action in the Western Zone of Rio.

There were several versions of the first phase, which took place last Saturday.

The first version, reported by O Globo and Agência Estado, reported that the operation was targeted specifically at militias. See

In the second version, reported by TV Globo and Globo’s G1 news portal, which closely followed the official state press release — to the point of plagiarizing it — militias are not mentioned at all. The operation is targeted at illegal van services and GatoNet pirate cable TV operations. See

In the third version, reported by O Dia, the operation was intended as a “show of force” targeted at two (unnamed) Rio city lawmakers with, as it makes explicit, militia ties. See

A new development: City legislator Jerominho (PMDB) is arrested in a follow-up action. Is arrested over involvement in the “van mafia.”

Terra, like Globo, cannot seem to bring itself to use the word militia either. Weird. I wish someone would explain these editorial decisions to me.

If possible. It can be difficult to write about about armed organized criminals with police badges and friends at City Hall and higher places. I think I understand that. It goes without saying.
I am guessing the other city legislator reportedly (the claim is not sourced) targeted was Nadinho (DEM-PFL), who has been charged with having a political opponent (and militia leader, and gambling mafia equity partner), as we say in Brooklyn, whacked.

See

Major Brazilian news agencies really do seem to consider the duty to provide detailed answers to the standard questions — who, what, when, where and why — purely optional.

Cerca de 400 policiais civis de delegacias especializadas promovem uma nova operação contra o transporte clandestino e outras irregularidades, na manhã desta quarta-feira, na zona oeste do Rio de Janeiro. O trabalho já resultou na prisão do vereador Jerominho. Ele teria envolvimento com a máfia das vans.

Nearly 400 police from specialized units conducted a new operation against clandestine transport and other irregularities on Thursday morning in the Western Zone of Rio. Their work has already resulted in the arrest of city legislator Jerominho, who is allegedly involved in the van mafia.

Jerominho’s name last made the papers as an alleged participant in an urban grilagem scheme — acquiring private property “rights” to public property either at gunpoint or through fraud, roughly. See

Its the sort of thing that can really give privatization a bad rap.

O vereador foi levado para a 35ª Delegacia Policial (Campo Grande), onde deve prestar depoimento. A maioria dos agentes envolvidos na operação de hoje cercou a favela da Carobinha.

The city legislator was taken to the 35th Police Precinct (Campo Grande), where he is to give a statement. Most of the agents involved in teh operation surrounded the Carobinha shantytown.

No último sábado, o mesmo efetivo policial promoveu trabalho semelhante e prendeu 10 pessoas. Foram apreendidas 80 vans e kombis irregulares em vários pontos da zona oeste.

Last Saturday, the same group of police performed similar work and arrested 10. Some 80 irregular vans were apprehended at various points in the Western Zone.

Os agentes estouraram uma fábrica de CDs e DVDs piratas e 9 centrais clandestinas de TV a cabo. Eles também recolheram 600 Kg de fios de cobre e 11 máquinas caça-níqueis.

The agents discovered a pirated CD and DVD factory and 9 pirate cable TV centers. They also recovered 600 kg of copper wire and 11 “nickel-hunter” machines.

O Globo adds just now:

Pouco depois do meio-dia, foi levado para a Delegacia de Repressão as Ações Criminosas Organizadas (Draco). Suspeito de comandar uma milícia em Campo Grande, ele saiu sem algemas e sentou no banco de trás de um carro da Draco, acompanhado por três policiais. O parlamentar tem contra ele um mandado de prisão por formação de quadrilha. Jerominho é o segundo vereador preso no Rio em um mês por suspeita de participação em milícia.

A little after noon, Jerominho was taken to the organized crime division (DRACO). Suspected of heading a militia in Campo Grande, he came out without handcuffs and sat in the back of a DRACO car, accompanied by three police officers. He had a warrant for his arrest on criminal conspiracy charges. He is the second city lawmaker arrested inside a month for suspected militia involvement.

O Dia reported on November 29:

Rio – Um relatório publicado no boletim interno 164 da Polícia Militar revela o suposto envolvimento do vereador Jerônimo Guimarães Filho, o Jerominho (PMDB), seu filho e seu irmão, o deputado estadual Natalino José Guimarães (DEM), além de policiais militares do 9º BPM (Rocha Miranda), do 3º BPM (Méier) e do Regimento de Cavalaria de Campo Grande, em esquemas de extorsão a topiqueiros, moradores e comerciantes, participação em grupos de extermínio e controle de milícias na Zona Oeste.

A report published in internal Military Police bulletin No. 164 reveals the presumed involvement of city legislator Jerônimo Guimarães Filho of the PMDB, his son, and his brother, state lawmaker Natalino José Guimarães (DEM-PFL) and the Cavalry Regiment of Campo Grande, in a scheme to extort residents, merchants, and …, as well as participation in death squads and the control of Western Zone militias.

O mesmo documento, datado de 4 de setembro deste ano, informa sobre a decisão da Corregedoria da PM de cassar a carteira funcional e o porte de arma do filho do vereador, o soldado da PM Luciano Guinâncio Guimarães, o Fumão.

The same document, dated September 4, 2007, relates the decision of PM internal affairs to expel Jerominho’s son, Luciano, a PM private known as Fumão, and cancel his firearm permit.

Consta no relatório que o grupo estaria envolvido em vários assassinatos, entre eles o de um empresário do ramo de casas noturnas em Campo Grande, no ano passado; do ex-PM e dono de uma cooperativa de vans Ilton Nascimento, 48 anos, no dia 11 de abril, em Santa Cruz; e de dois motoristas de Kombis, mortos em um posto de gasolina na Estrada do Cabuçu, em Nova Iguaçu, na Baixada Fluminense.

The report also states the group is involved in various murders, including a nightclub owner in Campo Grande ; a former PM and van cooperative owner, on April 11, in Santa Cruz; and two VW van drivers killed in a gas station on the Cabuçu highway in Nova Iguaçu, in the Baixada Fluminense [upstate, sort of] region.

De acordo com relatos feitos à 4ª Delegacia de Polícia Judiciária Militar (DPJM), Jerominho, Natalino e Luciano comandariam uma milícia, batizada de Liga da Justiça, em Campo Grande. Para atuarem livremente, pagariam propinas de R$ 2 mil a maus policiais.

According to reports to the Fourth Precinct of the Military Judicial Police (DPJM), Jerominho, Natalino and Luciano commanded a militia called the League of Justice, in Campo Grande. In order to act freel, they paid R$2,000 bribes to bad policemen.

Ainda conforme denúncias, a suposta quadrilha andaria fortemente armada, em cerca de 10 carros, cobrando ‘pedágio’ de R$ 50 de motoristas de Kombi, além de planejar invasão de favelas na região. Natalino, segundo a polícia, usaria o apelido de Batman.

Also according to charges received, the group goes around heavily armed in nearly 10 cars, charging “tolls” of R$50 from van drivers, as well as planning the invasion of shantytowns in the region. Natalino, according to police, uses the nickname Batman.

Actually, when arrests were made in the Tostes murder, a military policeman arrested in the hit was identified as the bearer of the Batman moniker.

Ontem, a assessoria de imprensa da polícia informou que as denúncias — feitas por integrantes da Cooperativa de transporte alternativo Rio da Prata e por pessoas que ligaram para o Disque-Denúncia, além de registros realizados na 35ª DP (Campo Grande), 36ª DP (Santa Cruz), Delegacia de Repressão ao Crime Organizado (Draco) e 4ª DPJM (Delegacia de Polícia Judiciária Militar) — estão sendo apuradas. Luciano está respondendo a Processo Administrativo Disciplinar que pode levá-lo à expulsão da corporação.

Yesterday, the press office of the police said that the charges — made by members of the Rio da Prata alternative transport cooperative and by callers to the anonymous hotline, as well as complaints registered at the Santa Cruz precinct, DRACO and the 4th DPJM — are being looked into. Luciano is subject to an ongoing disciplinary proceeding that could lead to his expulsion from the force.

Punish a man whose daddy is on the City Council for supplementing his shitty police wages with organized crime activity by taking away his shitty police wages.

Maybe Freakonomics can explain why, paradoxically, that makes economic sense.

Os assessores de Jerominho e Natalino informaram a O DIA que os políticos estavam em reuniões externas ontem e que por isso não poderiam dar declarações.

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O relatório cita uma das ameaças feitas a diretores da Cooperativa Rio da Prata, no dia 14 de abril. Nessa data, vários homens armados com fuzis e pistolas, conforme testemunhas, chegaram à cooperativa em cinco Blazers e um Santana.

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