Rio: Were BOPE Men Moonlighting For The Bicho?

Hey man in black, what is your mission?
I go to the
favelas and leave corpses on the ground
— BOPE training chant and funk carioca tune

PMs do Bope suspeitos de trabalhar para bicheiro são afastados: BOPE troopers suspected of being in the pay of numbers racketeers are suspended. The report is from G1/Globo.

The amateur film celebrating BOPE actions at the Complex do Alemão last year is extremely graphic. You probably don’t want your kids to watch it. Experts have concluded the images are evidence of summary executions in that police operation.

The controversial action film about the unit, Tropa de Elite (2007), tended to portray the “men in black” as incorruptible. As indiscriminately ultraviolent as Alex and his droogies, mind you, but in some snese incorruptible. On the film, see also

There have also been reports of BOPE members moonlighting as strike-breaking goons.

Seven BOPE personnel were found searching Inspector Tostes’ apartment without a warrant on the day he had about 50 bullets pumped into him. Tostes, a decorated senior police inspector, led the militia in Rio das Pedras.

Foram afastados neste domingo (13) os quatro policiais militares do Batalhão de Operações Especiais (Bope) suspeitos de atuar como seguranças para o jogo do bicho. Segundo a Secretaria de Segurança Pública, os quatro foram afastados de suas funções na rua, e ficarão com funções administrativas no batalhão.

Four Rio military police troopers from BOPE were suspended today. They are suspected of working as security for the jogo de bicho numbers rackets. According to the state public security secretary (SSP), the four were suspended from street duty and assigned to desk chores.

A secretaria informou que recebeu uma denúncia da Polícia Federal há cerca de 45 dias, com suspeitas de que os policiais estariam trabalhando como seguranças de um bicheiro e seus filhos na Zona Norte e Sul do Rio.

The SSP says he received a warning from the federal police some 45 days about, with suspicions that the troopers were working as bodyguards for a bicheiro and his sons in the Northern and Southern Zones of Rio.

Segundo a secretaria, foi aberto um inquérito no batalhão para investigar os fatos. Os policiais não firam identificados.

The SSP says an investigation was opened up inside BOPE to look into the charges. The troopers were not identified.

When a Brazilian policeman is about to go berserk, he generally takes the name tag off of his uniform blouse first. I have actually witnessed this myself. Best start walking the other way. O pau vai cantar

Further on the story from Extra (Rio).

RIO – Em 1994, quando soube que a sua fortaleza estava sendo invadida por policiais, o bicheiro Castor de Andrade não perdeu tempo em questionar: “Que polícia é essa?”. E se surpreendeu ao ver os homens de preto do Batalhão de Operações Especiais (Bope) em apoio ao Ministério Público estadual. A unidade não integrava a lista de propina do contraventor.

When he realized his fortress was being raided by police in 1994, the bicho banker Castor de Andrade lost no time in asking: “What cops are these?” He was surprised to see the men in black of BOPE supporting the state prosecutor. The unit was not on the racketeer’s bribe list.

Passados 14 anos, a situação mudou. A Polícia Federal descobriu que quatro policiais (dois cabos e dois soldados) da unidade de elite da Polícia Militar são seguranças de Alcebíades Paes Garcia, o Bide, irmão e herdeiro do falecido Waldemir Paes Garcia, o Maninho, nos pontos de bicho da Tijuca e da Zona Sul do Rio.

Fourteen years later, the situation has changed. The federal police discovered four BOPE members (two corporals and two privates) working as security guards for Alcedíades Paes Garcia, known as Bide, the brother and heir to bicho sales operations in Tijuca and the Southern Zone of Rio belonging to the late Waldemi Paes Garcia — “Maninho.”

A informação consta de um documento confidencial produzido pela Delegacia de Repressão à Entorpecentes, da PF, em 14 de abril. Nele, um cabo aparece como o chefe da segurança. Ele coordena uma equipe que acompanha o irmão de Maninho em reuniões e viagens.

That information is part of a confidential report produced by the federal police’s narcotics division on April 14. In the report, one corporal appears beside the head of security. He is coordinating a team accompany Maninho’s brother on meetings and trips.

O policial foi o primeiro colocado no curso de operações especiais e, atualmente, é instrutor do Bope. Pela segurança a Bide e a seus filhos, o cabo PM recebe R$ 2.500, por mês.

The policeman finished first in the special operations course and is currently a Bope instructor. For providing security to Bide and his children, he received R$2,500 a month.

O caso foi comunicado pela PF ao subsecretário de Inteligência da Secretaria de Segurança Pública, Edval Novaes há quatro meses. Mesmo período em que o subsecretário operacional, Roberto Sá foi avisado pelo procurador da República Orlando Spínola.

The feds communicated the fact to the undersecretary for intelligence at SSP-RJ, Edval Novaes, four months ago. At the same time, undersecretary of operations Roberto Sá was advised of the case by federal prosecutor Orlando Spinola.

- Isso é um absurdo. Tínhamos conhecimento e um documento será encaminhado ao comandante da PM, Gilson Pitta – disse Novaes.

“This is absurd. We knew about it, and documentation was forwarded to the state PM commander, Gilson Pitta,” Novaes said.

O comandante do Bope, o tenente-coronel Pinheiro Neto não comentou o caso.

BOPE commander, Lt. Col. Pinheiro Neto, had no comment.

Um outro soldado da unidade integrava a equipe de segurança, mas o policial foi expulso da PM por agredir um aluno no curso do Bope.

Another BOPE soldier was on the security team, but was expelled from the military police for assaulting a trainee during a BOPE training course.

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