"Da coppers" Rio de Janeiro Local Custom Tip by Groentje

Rio de Janeiro Local Customs: 289 reviews and 273 photos

The police do not have a particularly good image in Brasil, at least, that was my general feeling. I once had a drink in a bar, and they were just sitting next to me, also drinking Antarktika beer! That would be not done over here in Belgium...
I also read in my Lonely Planet that you have to make sure that you are in line with everything, otherwise they could stop you and ask ridiculous fines (e.g. for not wearing your security belt)...
Roberta told me about this poor person who kidnapped someone, just as a way to get out of poverty. He was never going to kill that person, but the police just came barging in, shot him and then eventually killed him. It happened to be broadcast live, and the nation was shocked...).
I must say, though, that it might be hard to be a good cop in Rio. Just have a look at "Cidade de Deus"... I went through one of these favelas (actually a really rough one) by mistake one day with Roberta (fortunately we were guided by a social worker, but more on that later), and it really got me down. Apparently, the police have just given up on the neighbourhood, and only come there to hunt down criminals and shoot them...
What a world, right?

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  • Written Aug 7, 2003
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