Bangue-bangue at the Bad Boy bar, Zona Norte. Source: GloboNews
Sangue, sangue, sangue
Vejam só este jornal
Porta voz do bangue-bangue
Da polícia central.
–Miguel Gustavo, “Jornal da Morte”
Serra confirmed that a hit-squad murder is one of the theories of the crime, given that the colonel was conducting investigations into military police ties with criminals.
Col. Rodrigues was in charge of investigating the involvement of military police in massacres in the Northern Zone of the city.
Serra lamenta morte de coronel e defende punição rigorosa: The governor of São Paulo issues a statement on the assassination of the military police commander for the northern region of the city.
Military police sources quickly attributed the colonel’s death to an attempted robbery.
The state judicial police have not ruled out assassination by military police, in part because of the commander’s inquiries into relationships between military police and criminal groups.
SÃO PAULO – O governador de São Paulo, José Serra, lamentou nesta quinta-feira, 17, o assassinato do coronel da Polícia Militar José Hermínio Rodrigues, que comandava o policiamento da zona norte da capital paulista. Serra defendeu que os responsáveis sejam punidos de forma rigorosa. “Eu conhecia o coronel, tinha relações de amizade com ele. Era um homem sério, competente, decente, voltado à segurança das pessoas, que foi assassinado de maneira fria”, disse ele.
Governor Serra lamented the assassination of Col. Rodrigues, chief of policing for the northern zone of the capital city. Serra called for those responsible to be punished severely. “I knew the colonel, I had a friendship with him. He was a serious, competent, decent man, dedicated to other people’s safety, and was murdered in cold blood,” he said.
We would really like to believe that the police here have serious, competent, decent and dedicated leaders who will eventually prevail over the proverbial banda podre.
I actually tend to think that Serra is a serious, competent, decent and dedicated guy. I am rooting for him to actually get something done about this.
The press could help by deciding that this story, rather than, say, the disappearance of a lovely tyke in Portugual, was worth turning the gazillion-jigawatt megaphone up to 11 over.
If historical trends hold, it will not. Why is that?
You remember that in the Baixada Fluminense, in “upstate” Rio, a probe of police ties to drug trafficking led to an incident in which police under investigation chucked a human head into a police outpost as a gentle warning to coworkers.
A human. Fucking. Head.
When investigations intensified, several of them went on a rampage, driving up and down the highway, plugging civilians at random. Dozens of them. To death.
- Hobbesian Rio: Trial Set in Baixada Massacre
- Rio: “Militia Leader Is Suspect in More Than 100 Deaths”
- Rio de Janeiro: Corporal Moreira Felipe Convicted for Baixada Massacre
If you ask me, this kind of shit is just not good for business.
What’s worse, these sorts of people justify their actions by saying they are doing this for the sake of pessoas de bem like yourself.
Which means the next time you get mugged, God forbid, if your mugger has bought into that theory, you are at additional risk of winding up on a slab.
“O que eu pedi ao comandante da Polícia Militar e ao delegado-geral da Polícia Civil é que façam o máximo empenho para descobrir quem comandou esse assassinato, para fazermos uma punição rigorosa. É um homem que caiu, mas que será substituído à altura, se Deus quiser”, acrescentou.
Serra confirmou que uma das hipóteses por trás do crime pode ser a de extermínio, já que o coronel realizava investigações sobre as relações entre policiais militares e criminosos. “É uma das hipóteses. Eu até tenho hipóteses pessoais, mas prefiro não transmiti-las. Temos que trabalhar com várias possibilidades, e nenhuma, até agora, foi descartada, embora existam as mais prováveis”, declarou.
Serra confirmed that a [hit-squad murder] is one of the theories of the crime, given that the colonel was conducting investigations into military police ties with criminals. “That is one theory. I have personal theories of my own, but I prefer not to mention them publicly. We have to work with various possibilities, and none has been discarded yet, though some are more probable,” he stated.
“Chama a atenção (a chacina desta madrugada), mas não há provas de que haja uma relação. O governo do Estado, a Secretaria de Segurança, a Policia Militar e a Policia Civil são contra ações de extermínio”, destacou.
“(This morning’s massacre) calls one’s attention, but there is no evidence it was related. The state government, the state public security secretary, the military police and the state judicial police are against death-squad activities,” he emphasized.
Chacinas are typically cases of ski-masked gunman pulling up to a group of people on the street, in cars or on motorcyles, and machine-gunning them to death.
Bada bing, bada boom.
Or walking into bars and doing the same, as was the case today. Military-grade weapons and a certain degree of professionalism are hallmarks.
Rodrigues foi assassinado na manhã de quarta-feira, 16, quando andava de bicicleta na Avenida Engenheiro Caetano Álvares, na zona norte. Ele foi enterrado nesta quinta e, a pedido da família, não recebeu honras militares. Quase 16 horas depois de sua morte, oito pessoas foram assassinadas na primeira chacina do ano na capital, também na zona norte.
How many such “massacres” occurred in the state last year, finally?
O coronel da PM estava de férias e andava de bicicleta quando foi abordado por um homem que chegou ao local de moto. O atirador usou as duas mãos para empunhar a arma e fazer mira. Segundo testemunhas, a ação foi rápida e o criminoso vestia um coturno preto de cano curto.
Rodrigues era responsável pela investigação da participação de PMs em chacinas na zona norte de São Paulo e, quase 16 horas após o crime, sete pessoas morreram na primeira chacina do ano na capital. O grupo estava em um bar no Jardim São Luís e duas pessoas ficaram gravemente feridas.
Rodrigues was in charge of investigating the involvement of military police in massacres in the Northern Zone of the city. Nearly 16 hours after the crime, seven persons died in the first “massacre” of the year in São Paulo. The group was in a bar in Jardim São Luís. Two other persons were seriously injured.
It makes us sort of nervous to live in city where death-squads seem to operate at will. And a mob lawyer’s spreadsheet turns up indicating payoffs to 90% of the police precincts in the metro area.
As I believe I have mentioned before.
But since this fact receives scant coverage, it is hard to know what this incident represents. Is there a concerted effort going on to put a stop to it? We hope so. We would like to be able to support our local sheriff here, the way we generally can, and do, back in New York.