Rio: Looting of Beer Truck Leads to Reshuffle of Military Police Blogging Brigades

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GloboNews segment cites the blog of the officer in charge of internal affairs for the state military police of Rio: “The poorly paid Soldier who lacks decent working conditions becomes easy ‘prey’ for corrupters.”

The film invaded the streets, the TV networks, public debates, the newspapers, the magazines, and, worst of all, the mind of every Brazilian, fascinated with the “hero” who tortures and kills criminals and is a member of the finest urban combat unit in the world, the Special Operations Battalion (BOPE), a troop of “SOCIAL HEROES,” the pride of all of us military policemen and the State Military Police of Rio de Janeiro.To our mind, the soldier is a hero, especially in the impressionable minds of young people, so that destroying this reality is an antisocial crime, pardon my emphatic way of putting it. –Col. Paul on the film Tropa de Elite, which depicts police corruption and indiscriminate, off-the-reservation ultraviolence.

Cabral exonera comandante da PM e pune oficiais que lideraram manifestação: “Rio de Janeiro governor Sérgio Cabral fires commander of state military police (PM) and punishes senior officers who led protest.”

O Globo reports. The story was covered extensively — and excitedly — by GloboNews. On whose Web site I now cannot seem to find the story. Okay, here is the segment we saw.

But it is hard to get a read on the significance of the change in command other than that it is extremely significant, and that it comes in the wake of a “videoscandal” in which Rio PMs are shown helping themselves to cases of beer from a hijacked truckload.

Also shown was an incident in which PMs from a reputed “narcobattalion” celebrated their release from the disciplinary barracks by shooting off fireworks, dancing in the street, and driving off in luxury cars.

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The narcobattalion whoops up it upon receipt of “get out of jail free” card.

The reporter quotes the state public security secretary as saying (but does not show, for some reason) that he will change the command of every single military police battalion in the state. The word faxina (“clean sweep, spring cleaning”) got used several times.

I would venture to say that the key message here from the governor and his security secretary, as they were shown talking on the TV last evening, was that (1) current police leadership has no control over its subordinates and (2) insubordination to civilian authority will not (no longer) be tolerated.

That is to say: The dog seems to be insisting that the tail stop wagging it.

Also dismissed was PM internal affairs command Col. Paul. On whom see also

RIO – O secretário de Segurança Pública do Rio, José Mariano Beltrame, exonerou, nesta terça-feira, o coronel Ubiratan Ângelo do comando da Polícia Militar. Para seu lugar, foi escolhido o coronel Gilson Pitta Lopes, comandante do Serviço Reservado da PM … O coronel Antonio Carlos Suarez David, comandante do Comando de Policiamento da Capital (CPC) será o novo chefe do Estado Maior da PM, no lugar do coronel Samuel Dionísio. De acordo com o blog “Repórter de crime” , Pitta era um dos líderes do grupo Barbonos, que vem reivindicando aumentos salariais.

State secretary of public security José Mariano Beltrame fired state military police commmander Ubiratan Ângelo today. Chosen to take his place was Col. Gilson Pitta Lopes, commander of the military police secret service … Col. Suarez David, commander of [urban policing for the city of Rio de Janeiro] was named the new PM chief of staff, replacing Col. Dionísio. According to the blog “Crime Reporter,” Pitta was one of the leaders of the Barbonos group that has been demanding salary increases.

Why is O Globo citing some blog as its source on this story? It is a Web column by O Globo public safety beat reporter Jorge Antonio Barros.

In a related story, from Globo’s G1 news portal:

“PM officers use blogs as [revolving machine guns]?” I have to look up the term. I think the term means a Gatling gun, specifically — with the rotating barrels — but I am not sure. More on that in a minute.

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Cops looting beer truck (logo blurred for some reason, but it is pretty obviously Brahma. “Refresca até o pensamento.”)

A nomeação de Gilson Pitta como comandante-geral da PM foi considerada por eles como uma traição, uma vez que o oficial integrava o movimento. Ele assinou inclusive um documento dos barbonos, divulgado em julho do ano passado, onde se comprometia a não assumir o cargo de comandante-geral ou chefe do Estado Maior, em apoio ao então comandante, Ubiratan Ângelo, e ao movimento por melhorias na corporação.

The appointment of Gilson Pitta as commandant of the state PM was considered a betrayal by this group, given that he was part of the [Barbonos] movement. He even signed his name to a Barbonos manifesto published last July in which he promised not to accept an appointment as commandant or chief of staff, as a gesture of support for commandant Ubiratan Ângelo and the movement for better working conditions for the force.

Punição a oficiais que lideraram manifestação

Punishment for officers who led demonstration

Beltrame disse que vai determinar que o futuro corregedor geral da PM, cargo vago no momento, instaure um Inquérito Policial Militar para investigar a insuburdinação praticada por oficiais da corporação que participaram de uma passeata do domingo no Leblon por melhores salários . Além disso, oito oficiais ligados ao grupo autodenominado Barbonos, que liderou a manifestação de domingo também serão afastados imediatamente. Beltrame argumentou que o estatuto da PM proíbe esse tipo de manifestação e prevê punição para os responsáveis.

Beltrame says he will name a new [internal affairs inspector general], a post that is currently vacant, and will convene an IPM (military inquest) to investigate insubordination by PM officers who took part in a demonstration and march on Sunday in Leblon calling for higher salaries. Further, eight officers linked to the self-styled Barbonos group who lead the march on Sunday will be relieved of duty immediately. Beltrame argued that the PM charter prohibits this type of demonstration and provides punishments for offenders.

A manifestação foi a gota d’água que motivou a queda de Ubiratan. Durante o protesto por melhores salários no domingo, houve uma ameaça de cerco à residência do governador, no Leblon, onde o policiamento chegou a ser reforçado.

The demonstration was [the straw that broke the camel’s back] and led to the fall of Ângelo. During the protest for better salaries on Sunday, there was a threat to besiege the governor’s residence in Leblon, where policing has been reinforced.

One of Cabral’s personal bodyguard was assassinated, late last year, I think it was, in what police described as an attempted robbery.

Upon which Cabral started insisting that the Army needed to be brought in to take over policing.

A crise na PM foi intensificada ainda com a participação de PMs do 3º BPM (Méier) no saque a um caminhão de cervejas no Lins de Vasconcelos, flagrado por fotos publicadas pelo jornal ‘O Globo’ . Embora o comandante tenha sido rápido na punição dos policiais, o caso provocou reações polêmicas na PM. Um delas foi a do então corregedor interno da PM, Paulo Ricardo Paúl, exonerado do cargo após ter afirmado em seu blog pessoal que um soldado mal pago e sem condições de trabalho se torna presa fácil para os corruptos ativos de cada esquina . A declaração pode ter sido interpretada como uma justificativa para a atitude dos policiais. Paúl foi transferido para a Diretoria de Ensino da corporação, mas segundo fontes da polícia, Cabral teria preferido que Paúl fosse transferido para a “geladeira” da corporação, a Diretoria Geral de Pessoal.

The crisis in the state military police was intensified by the participation of policemen from the 3rd Battalion (Méier) in the looting of a beer truck in Lins do Vasconcelos, and were filmed doing it in images published by O Globo. Though the commandant quickly punished the policeman, the case led to controversial responses by the PM. One of them was from the head of internal affairs, Col. Paul, who was relieved of command after saying on his personal blog that a poorly paid soldier without decent working conditions becomes easy prey for the corrupters found on every street corner.

That is not a verbatim quote, but a paraphrase, but the video segment treats it as a verbatim quote.

The statement might be interpreted as justifying the misconduct. Paul was transferred to the PM training directorate, but according to police sources, Cabral would have preferred to transfer him to the “Siberia” of the force, the personnel directorate.

No domingo, os quatro policiais militares que foram flagrados saqueando um caminhão de cerveja foram soltos do 3º BPM (Méier), onde cumpriam prisão administrativa. O tenente Daniel Santos Benitez, supervisor da equipe e preso por falha administrativa, também foi posto em liberdade. A soltura foi autorizada pela Justiça Militar, devido ao fim do prazo de 72 horas da prisão administrativa. A libertação dos policiais surpreendeu Beltrame, que chegou a afirmar que pediria novamente a prisão dos oficiais, mas na segunda-feira, o promotor Sidney Rosa, que investiga o caso, disse que não pretende requerer à Justiça a prisão preventiva dos PMs , uma vez que não há indícios que mostrem a necessidade da medida.

On Sunday, the four policemen caught looting the beer truck were released from administrative detention at the 3rd Battalion. Lt. Santos Benitez, the team leader who was detained for failure to provide oversight, was also freed by order of a military tribunal after the 72-hour administrative detention period expired. The release of the policemen surprised Beltrame, who said he would have the policemen rearrested. On Monday, however, prosecutor Sidney Rosa, who is in charge of the case, said he did not intend to petition the court for preventive detention of the PMs, saying there were no elements to justify the need for such a measure.

O caso do policiais que foram flagrados saqueando um caminhão roubado causou indignação entre as autoridades: o próprio secretário de Segurança Pública questionou a credibilidade da polícia com a população , enquanto o governador Sérgio Cabral decidiu que as denúncias mais graves contra PMs passariam a ser investigadas pela Corregedoria Geral Unificada , esvaziando a Corregedoria interna da PM.

The case of police shown looting a stolen beer truck caused outrage among state officials: the security secretary questioned the credibility of the police force among the population, while the governor determined that serious misconduct will henceforth be investigated by the Unified Internal Affairs devision, emptying out the PM’s own internal affairs office.

O saque provocou ainda indignação nos leitores do GLOBO ONLINE . A reportagem recebeu mais de 400 comentários até o fim da noite desta quarta. Para o ex-secretário nacional de Segurança Pública, coronel José Vicente da Silva Filho, no entanto, um dos fatores que acabam contribuindo para esse tipo de atitude dos policiais é justamente a tolerância das autoridades com a violência dos agentes em operações no Rio .

The looting also caused indignation among GLOBO ONLINE readers. The newsroom had received more than 400 comments as of Wednesday morning. Former national public security secretary Col. da Silva, however, said that one of the contributing factors of such misconduct is official tolerance of violence in police operations in Rio.

On GLOBO ONLINE as a well-calibrated barometer of public opinion, see also

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