Rio: Cabral x The PM

Cabral enfrenta crise com comando da PM (Valor Econômico, Brazil): A review of the situation in Rio de Janeiro, where the governor has fired his state military police chief and a number of PM commanders resigned in protest.

And a history lesson.

For the background, see

O desagrado do governo com o coronel Ubiratan começou no ano passado, quando ele afirmou que a acusação de proteção por parte de policiais a traficantes de drogas não prejudicava a imagem da corporação. Depois, o coronel disse que não via nada demais no fato de os mesmos policiais soltarem fogos ao deixarem a prisão.

The governor’s falling out with Col. Ângelo began last year when the commandant stated that accusations that military policemen were selling protection to the drug trade did not harm the PM’s public image. Later, the colonel said he saw nothing untoward when those same policemen set off fireworks to celebrate their release from prison.

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Col. Ângelo has said a lot of peculiar things. See, for example:

O novo comandante-geral da PM, coronel Gilson Pitta Lopes, após tomar posse na quarta-feira, pediu a exoneração de dez oficiais no topo da carreira que organizaram a passeata. O corregedor da PM, Paulo Ricardo Paúl, também foi exonerado depois de declarar que soldado mal pago é presa fácil da corrupção.

The new state PM commandant, Col. Pitta Lopes, after being sworn in on Wednesday, called for the dismissal of ten officers at the height of their careers who organized the march. The PM’s inspector general (internal affairs), Col. Paúl, was also dismissed after declaring that a poorly paid soldier is easy prey for corruption.

Para o secretário José Maria Beltrame, a crise já foi contida e não vai afetar o policiamento no carnaval. Beltrame também afastou a possibilidade de o Exército ajudar na segurança do Estado. ” O Rio de Janeiro precisa valorizar a prata da casa e a polícia do Rio não precisa do Exército para o policiamento que ela já faz ” , afirmou o secretário. Ele descartou ainda problemas para repor os oficiais que pediram exoneração.

According to state public security secretary Beltrame, the crisis has now been contained and will not affect policing during Carnaval. He also backed away from the possibility of using Army troops to help with security in the State. “Rio needs to [put its own house in order], and its police do not need the Army to do the job they already have,” he said. He also denied there would be problems replacing officers who resigned.

Em 2000, uma crise na polícia do Rio chegou a derrubar do cargo de subsecretário de Segurança Pública o antropólogo Luiz Eduardo Soares, que denunciara a existência de uma “banda podre” na cúpula da Polícia Civil do Rio. Demitido pelo então governador Anthony Garotinho, Soares precisou ficar fora do país por um período, sob ameaça de morte.

In 2000, a police crisis in Rio ended up costing the undersecretary of public security at the time, anthropologist Luiz Eduardo Soares, his job, after he made charges about the existence of a [“bad element”] in the leadership of the state judicial police in Rio. Fired by then-governor Garotinho, Soares had to leave the country for a while, under threat of death.

Former state judical police chief Hélio Luz, who now lives in France, had this to say on the subject last year, in an interview with Zero Hora:

In Rio, the problem was never the Red Command, but the “Blue Command,” the military police. The problem is police corruption. There is this impression that crime is high in Brazil. It’s not. Police corruption is high. Criminality flows from the corruption of the police. When the police stop being corrupt, crime goes down. When kids [interviewed in Falcão: Children of the Traffic] say they pay part of the cop’s salary, that’s true. The traffic, in reality, is a partner of the Brazilian police.

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Ontem, a Secretaria de Segurança Pública do Rio assinou um convênio com o Ministério da Justiça para implantação da bolsa-formação, uma ajuda de custo de R$ 400 mensais oferecida a policiais com salários de até R$ 1,4 mil. Para ganhar a bolsa, os policiais participam de cursos com ênfase em conceitos ligados à cidadania.

Yesterday, Rio’s SSP signed an accord with the federal justice ministry to implement an education subsidy, which defrays education costs of up to R$400 for police who earn up to R$1,400 a month. To qualify, police must participate in courses emphasizing concepts related to citizenship.

If Sérgio Cabral (the son and governor, not the veteran cultural journalist) can make real progress on this front, this would be a very good thing. More power to the guy.

I have access to Valor Online now, through a client, which ought to improve my understanding of contemporary Tupi reality. Good paper. Outrageously expensive.

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