Então foi isso que aconteceu em São Conrado?

Se você ler as páginas 24 e 25 de O Globo de ontem, as coisas começam a fazer mais ou menos sentido.

O artigo sobre uma milícia e a polícia civil em Campo Grande demonstra justamente o tipo de relacionamento incestuoso que pode ter levado o GAT do 23º Batalhão da PM a emboscar Nem e seu bando, por vontade própria, sábado de manhã cedo.

De acordo com O Globo, um líder comunitário de uma das duas favelas que Nem governa, Zé do Rádio, informou ao GAT que Nem estava no baile funk. Antes disso, Nem o havia expulsado de sua favela, e o líder havia jurado vingança. Zé do Rádio devia temer o próximo passo de Nem. Então ele, podemos assim dizer, foi até a polícia.

E a emboscada autônoma deu errado; havia sessenta homens de preto no bonde do Nem a caminho de casa, e eles começaram a atirar e a correr pelos blocos de prédios luxuosos. Dez deles de repente estavam na cozinha de um hotel. Próxima parada, a prisão. Dois entre os dez seriam os homens número dois e três de Nem. Se for isso o que de fato aconteceu (a versão oficial é a de que os “bandidos” se encontraram com a polícia por acaso e que então o tiroteio começou), o secretário estadual de segurança pública José Mariano Beltrame está diante de questões disciplinares bastante complicadas.

Eu também gostaria de saber como a polícia convenceu os “bandidos” a deixar a cozinha. E como se define e identifica bandido? Ou traficante? Como sabemos que esses dois presos eram os homens #2 e #3 de Nem? Os traficantes utilizam organogramas, com descrições de responsabilidades e planejamento de carreira?

Por fim, a história de Zé do Rádio e Nem soa como travessura de moleque em sala de aula. Travessura mortífera.

SO IS THIS WHAT HAPPENED IN SÃO CONRADO?

If you read pages 24 and 25 of yesterday’s Globo, things start to come together, sort of.

The article about a militia force and the civil police in Campo Grande illustrates just the kind of incestuous relationship that may have led the GAT of the 23rd PM Battalion to decide to ambush Nem and his band on their own accord, early Saturday morning.

According to Globo, a community leader from one of the two favelas that Nem rules, Zé do Rádio, told the GAT police that Nem was at the dance. Earlier, Nem had thrown him out of his favela and the community leader had reportedly sworn vengeance. Zé do Rádio must have been afraid of Nem’s next step, so he, you might say, went to the police.

And the unsupervised police ambush went wrong; there were 60 men in black in Nem’s homebound caravan, they started shooting and running through fancy apartment blocks, and ten of them eventually ended up in a hotel kitchen, then jail. Two of the ten are supposedly Nem’s number two and three men.

If this actually what happened (the official version is that the “bandits” just happened on the police and shooting broke out), then state public safety secretary José Mariano Beltrame has some serious discipline issues.

I’d also love to know how the police convinced the “bandits” to get out of the kitchen.

By the way, how does one define a bandit? Or a drug trafficker? And how do we know that those two arrestees were Nem’s #2 and #3 guys? What does that mean? Do drug traffickers draw up organizational charts, with job descriptions and career paths?

Last, the story of Zé do Rádio and Nem sounds schoolboyish. Schoolboyish and deadly.

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American journalist, writer, editor who's lived in Rio de Janeiro for 20 years.
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6 Responses to Então foi isso que aconteceu em São Conrado?

  1. Betty Makonnen says:

    I am continuously amazed at the havoc caused in communities the world over by “boys playing guns.”

  2. David says:

    …and one can only wonder what is the true story, let alone if there will ever be a “true” story to be told.

  3. Lee says:

    I’ve already heard folks comment, in a reassuring tone, that the woman who was shot dead in the crossfire was an accountant for the bandits. Oh, that’s a relief.

    • Rio real says:

      Lee, a friend’s ex-maid is a distant relative of the dead woman. According to the maid, Adriana was in her 40s, married with children, and her parents also survive her. She had worked for Nem as treasurer and driver for a long time. The family tried to get her to leave that job, but she refused to. The maid’s take on her death was that she had it coming. True, but a life cut short is always sad. When these things happen we all tend to classify the participants as with us or against us, cops or robbers– but the reality is always more complicated than this.

  4. Rio real says:

    Uma fonte minha, bem informada sobre a segurança no Rio, acaba de me dizer que os traficantes têm organogramas e planejam as carreiras de seus subordinados, sim.
    A well-informed source on public safety in Rio tells me that the drug traffickers in fact do use organizational charts and career planning for their employees.

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