Vigilantes in Brazil Dispensing Rough Justice

Here’s a video from LiveLeak. It is a link because WordPress apparently doesn’t work with LiveLeak. The video is short, but pretty graphic. Explained (?) afterward.

The guy in the white t-shirt is accused of being a thief (“ladron”) and that’s how they address him, as if “Thief” was his name. While one guy, apparently the one with the gun, gives him instructions, which he follows, another guy can be heard saying what sounds like, “Just kill him.”

They have him hold out his left hand and shoot him in the palm. Then, they have him show it… you can’t see the entry wound too much in all the blood, so they say, “Show us the other side, Thief,” and he does show the exit wound, and then he exits, stage left.

You can’t blame him for not hanging around, eh?

How come the rough justice? In Brazil, the police aren’t terribly effective. And they aren’t in a rush to come out to the favelas where a lot of the crime happens. So when crime victims catch a thief, rapist, or other criminal, justice can be nonjudicial, rough, and immediate.

This is the logical end state of a justice system that cares about criminals, but not victims. Ironically, the police will now try to hunt down the vigilantes, something they’d never bother doing for the criminals.

To the extent that they can hunt down the vigilantes without hanging it out in the favela. 

12 thoughts on “Vigilantes in Brazil Dispensing Rough Justice

  1. Jacobs

    I just happened to pause the video at this moment, and thought it was pretty interesting. The guy doesn’t just get the bullet through his hand, he gets the gas as well. Seems obvious, when you think about it. Could account for that seemingly grisly exit wound.

  2. Trone Abeetin

    I go on Live Leak a lot, the standing jokes are “if you see anybody in Brazil approaching you wearing a motorcycle helmet, run” and don’t mess with off duty Brazilian police as they will deadline your ass in a Sao Paolo minute.
    It is a real study of mans inhumanity to man, and the snark in the comments crack me up. Gallows humor plus 1000

  3. Phelps

    Like I’ve said for a while, the police don’t protect the People from criminals. The police protect the criminals from the rough justice of the People.

  4. staghounds

    Not just the favelas. Years ago, when I still lived near the city, some creep in Harlem robbed an old lady of her purse, knocking her down.

    This was on a hot afternoon as I recall, lots of people on the street. They recovered the purse, beat the man to death, and disappeared the body. Except for a lot of brain matter on the sidewalk, more blood than a living person can lose, and a piece. I think a hand or arm.

    Not enough of that happens.

  5. Miles

    Hmm. I tried it and it worked for me.
    Go to the “text” tab on the post, not the “visual” tab, paste the embed link there and update the post.

  6. Dyspeptic Gunsmith

    I’ve had a Brazilian expat in my class in the past. His description of the lawlessness and insane government corruption there is pretty grim, and yet another excellent warning against electing a woman as the leader of a nation.

  7. Hayabusa

    On the one hand, seems a bit of excessive force… on the other hand, seems the Brazilians have come up with a handy way of dealing with their out-of-hand crime problem… you really got to hand it to them…

    Okay, I’m done here.

  8. docduracoat

    Before I was married I visited Brazil 5 times
    As a tourist, staying in tourist zones in Rio, Buzios and Florianopolis I was not threatened by crime at all
    I windsurfed all day and went out for dinner and dancing and had a great time
    Met some great local windsurfing people and was shown the sights
    I even took a tour where we drove on the beach for 5 days staying in “pousada” hotels and windsurfing remote spots
    No crime, no fear except of sharks
    Now that I am married, I am forbidden to visit Brazil
    And Cuba

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