Em carta, Cabrini alega ter sido vítima de ‘armação’: A Record TV reporter and anchor says he was “set up” because of what he knows.
The well-known TV journalist was arrested on Tuesday night, allegedly in possession of 15 bindles of cocaine. His Wikipedia bio has already picked up the story, but states that 10 bindles were found with him, not 15 — without citing a source. Good old Wikipedia.
Local news reports are, it is true, offering various versions of this central point (also without citing a named source): Globo reports 10 bindles of marching powder in the newshound’s Citroen, for example, while the Agência Estado reports 15.
When body counts and other numbers vary wildly in news reporting like this, it can be a sign that the São Paulo Rashomon Effect is in force. Time to pay attention.
SÃO PAULO – O jornalista Francisco Roberto Cabrini, de 47 anos, da TV Record, detido com cocaína na noite de terça-feira, na zona sul da capital, enviou uma carta à imprensa na qual alega estar sendo “vítima de uma armação, em virtude de estar investigando assuntos que incomodam a muitas pessoas”. Cabrini explica que essa investigação está relacionada ao Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC), caso em que diz atuar há dois anos.
Journalist Francisco Roberto Cabrini of TV Record, arrested in possession of cocaine on Tuesday evening in the Southern Zone of São Paulo, issued a written statement in which he alleges he is “the victim of a set-up due to my investigation of matters that make a lot of people uncomfortable.” He explains that the investigation relates to the PCC criminal faction, a story he has been working on for two years now.
In May 2006, a wave of attacks on military police by the faction led to a week of reprisals by the PMs.
Investigations have been impeded by news that the system for recording police communications just happened to go out of commission at the time of the incidents, and remain out of commission for weeks afterwards. See
We, fortunately, were in Brooklyn at the time. A repeat performance is something that worries us a bit: A bus was burned not too far from here.
The assassination of a police commander who took disciplinary action against PMs allegedly involved in chacinas — death-squad executions — earlier this year is also a cause of some unease.
- Estadão: “A Death Squad Murdered the Colonel”
- São Paulo: “Photos Show That the Killers of the 18th Executed 2 Patsies to Cover Up Massacre”
- São Paulo Police Blotter: Colonel’s Widow Wonders About “Nickel-Hunter” Connection