"The Pernambuco police have a reputation for being corrupt and violent"
Juliana De Albuquerque Katz is a student from Recife, the state capital of Pernambuco. She currently lives in Tel Aviv, where she is completing her master’s degree.
The Pernambuco police have a reputation for being corrupt and violent, nobody trusts them. Typically, the incidents of corruption are directed more towards wealthy or middle-class citizens, whereas more openly brutal incidents target mostly poorer citizens.
I remember, when I lived in Recife, police mounted a sort of scam during carnival week. They would stop people in their cars and ask for their papers. Then they would confiscate the papers and invent a bogus reason to threaten to take away the car as well, unless the driver paid a bribe. Because it was carnival, no-one wanted to deal with going to the car pound, so most people paid bribes.
State police are underpaid, and it is common knowledge that they’re in constant contact with criminal gangs. So it’s not that surprising that they use gang’s tactics to brutalize and humiliate their victims.”