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first_imgBy Dialogo June 28, 2013 The police officers are not the ones to blame in this process. In a country where people pay almost 40% in taxes, it is unacceptable that police officers are poorly equipped, badly trained, and unprepared to face situations of this nature. It is most likely that the resource management is incoherent. *Fernando Montenegro, Retired Colonel of the Brazilian Army Special Forces, Terrorism and Public and Private Security Analyst However, the initiative of rescuing the quality and self-esteem of the Brazilian police, beyond just acquiring nice-looking uniforms, is the responsibility of the public security managers. Unquestionably, besides the equipment, instruction, and higher pay, it is essential that the Brazilian Criminal Code be revised. The biggest incentive for misconduct is the assurance of impunity. An insignificant number of vandals and looters have been arrested so far. At that time, anybody with the least bit of knowledge on negotiation/crises management could easily identify the serious mistakes made during the process. Besides the fact that the area had not been isolated and the reporters were free to report the news without any concern for possibly interfering with the development of the incident, no other alternative tactics were mentioned other than the negotiation, such as the use of chemical agents and snipers. As if this were not enough, the negotiation, which must be conducted by a subject matter expert due to media interference, was led at the time by the commander of BOPE himself, and ended up compromising the name of the institution, because he was neither commanding nor coordinating. So much so, that the officer who “decided” to pull the trigger did so by his own initiative. Brazil has an excellent national industry focused on technologies for non-lethal riot control, especially the Condor company. But handling the equipment requires constant training and practice, as well as joint simulations. An institution that does not invest in refresher trainings is subjected to this type of exposure. In fact, we can be free of incidents for 100 years, but the security forces cannot afford to spend one second without being prepared. Whenever problems occur, there is no time to initiate processes of acquisition, distribution, instruction, and the use of equipment. Bus number 174 was hijacked with several passengers who were released little by little after negotiations, until only one woman was left. When the kidnapper finally decided to surrender to the police, an officer from the Special Police Operations Battalion (BOPE), decided to shoot the perpetrator by his own initiative and missed the target, hitting the hostage in the head and killing her. The kidnapper was rapidly brought into the police car, but was asphyxiated to death on the way to the police station. The world press was present and the entire incident was broadcast live. center_img The international public opinion is closely following the evolution of the disturbances and considers the possibility that they may reoccur with greater intensity during the World Cup, scheduled to occur in only one year. Many tourists underwent difficult situations or were injured on their way to the stadiums; even the cars belonging to the FIFA were damaged and hit by rocks. The managers of the process must take urgent actions to mitigate the social tensions and properly prepare the security forces that will guarantee peace for the upcoming large scale events in Brazil. Thirteen years later, we watched in real time the lack of preparation of poorly equipped police officers being attacked by vandals and looters. The officers not only failed to defend the historical patrimony, public and private assets, but also had their physical and moral integrity severely compromised. Since June 12, 2000, when a tragedy on a bus took place in the district of Jardim Botânico (Botanic Garden), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the local Military Police had not been so demoralized on live television broadcast, for the rest of the world to see. It is known by many specialists that the “camera syndrome” easily affects the average Brazilian police officer. As soon as police officers notice a reporter covering an incident, they start verbal arguments on many occasions, copying the attitude of Hollywood actors and often taking unnecessary and improper actions. We saw police officers carrying lethal weapons (rifles), shooting in the air for no reason. Professional troublemakers and agitators, like many of the ones who led the loots, are very well aware that after such episodes as the April 1996 massacre known as “Eldorado dos Carajás,” where 19 protesters from the Brazilian Landless Workers’ movement were allegedly executed by the Military Police troops from the state of Pará, and the October 1992 invasion of the Carandiru penitentiary, when 111 inmates were killed by the Military Police of the state of Sao Paulo during a rebellion, the officers hesitate to use lethal weapons to control disorder, fearing a lifetime in court explaining a possible abuse and even facing the risk of being sentenced. After the incident, many BOPE officers requested to be removed from the unit, which only recovered its self-respect after the release of the book “Elite Squad”, and the subsequent release of a movie with the same name. last_img read more

first_imgTo: Ms. Connie Stewart Program Administrator The Florida Bar 651 East Jefferson Street Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2300 Fax # (850) 561-5825 < p>From: FL Bar # Name Address Phone # Fax # Please reserve ___ seats for me at the 2004 Federal Judicial Roundtable Program. The 2004 Federal Judicial Roundtable Program, hosted by the Federal Court Practice Committee, the Criminal Law Section and the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar, will be held on June 24, 2004, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Florida Bar’s Annual Meeting at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Florida.More than one dozen federal judges will be serving as panelists in the Federal Judicial Roundtable Program. Those judges that have thus far committed to serve as panelists in the program include Judge Gerald Bar Tjoflat from the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; Chief Judge Patricia C. Fawsett, Judge Henry Lee Adams, Jr., Judge William J. Castagna, Judge Mary S. Scriven and Judge Alexander L. Paskay from the Middle District of Florida; Judge Donald L. Graham, Judge Daniel T. K. Hurley, Judge Patricia A. Seitz, Judge Paul C. Huck, Judge Ursula Ungaro-Benages, Judge Adalberto Jordan and Judge Jose E. Martinez from the Southern District of Florida; and Judge Stephan P. Mickle from the Northern District of Florida. The Federal Judicial Roundtable Program affords a unique opportunity for practitioners to interface with the federal judiciary in an intimate and stimulating atmosphere. During the first portion of the program, roundtable discussions will be conducted among the judges and practitioners in small group settings. During the second part of the program, the judges will participate in a lively and informative panel discussion which will be moderated by retired Judge Joseph W. Hatchett, Tod Aronovitz, Esquire and Robert Josefsberg, Esquire. Immediately following the program a reception will be held for the judges, moderators and practitioners. < p> There is no admission fee to attend the Federal Judicial Roundtable Program, however, seating is limited and reservations are strongly recommended. In that regard, please complete and return the reservation form at your earliest convenience. < p> Finally, it is anticipated that 3.0 CLE credits will be awarded by The Florida Bar for attendance at the Federal Judicial Roundtable Program. < p> Please contact Committee Chair, Lawrence Goodman, Sub Committee Chairs Jerry Gewirtz and Eileen Parsons, and Florida Bar Liaison, Gerry Rose, for further information. TO MAKE A RESERVATION: Please mail, or fax, your reservation to Connie Stewart at the address below: NOTICE OF 2004 FEDERAL JUDICIAL ROUNDTABLE PROGRAM May 7, 2004 Notices Notice of 2004 Federal Judicial Roundtable Programlast_img read more

first_img“But, out of an abundance of caution … and the possibility that students could be impacted by smoke inhalation, they evacuated the building,” Thomas said. The Los Angeles Fire Department received a call at 8:31 p.m. The fire was extinguished 12 minutes later. “There was brown paper on the windows, so you couldn’t actually see into it,” Pizzurro said. “I looked through the cracks and there was clearly a fire.” Los Angeles Police Department Sergeant Rodney Peacock said firefighters had to force entry into the building because of  a padlock on the door. Department of Public Safety Chief John Thomas said the fire was caused by open construction material in a wheelbarrow. LAFD said it is investigating what caused the material to ignite. Trader Joe’s and Target were evacuated, along with the Cowlings and Ilium residential colleges. “We don’t believe that there has been any arson or anything like that,” Thomas said. “It probably was just materials that should have been better contained.”   “I saw flames through the door and then I saw the firefighters chainsawing the door down,” said freshman Linda Guite, who was returning to her dorm from CAVA. “I thought it was a drill at first, but then I saw the actual flames.”center_img Following reports that students waited over 45 minutes to individually scan their fingerprints after an evacuation last week, evacuated students were readmitted to the building last night by showing their USC IDs, Cowlings and Ilium residents said. This was the second fire in a week that forced students to evacuate from Building #9 in USC Village. (Josh Dunst/Daily Trojan) Thomas said LAFD put out the fire immediately after arriving on the scene. Sophomore Greg Pizzurro, who was one of the first to spot the fire, said he reported it to a DPS officer after seeing flames through the windows of the Workshop Salon + Boutique unit, which is currently under construction. Residents were allowed to re-enter shortly after the smoke was blown out of the building. Students and employees at USC Village were asked to evacuate Building #9 after a small fire broke out in an unfinished unit near Trader Joe’s Tuesday night.last_img read more

first_imgThe baseball team looks forward to its second three-game series of the season this weekend as the team prepares to welcome Wake Forest to Dedeaux Field. After losing their first two games against North Dakota last week, the Trojans rebounded with a walk-off win in the series’ final game to prevent a sweep, and they survived a late scare to beat Loyola Marymount, 4-3, on Tuesday. USC then played South Korean professional team the NC Dinos Wednesday night, losing 5-0 after shuffling up the lineup for the exhibition game.Although the team has gotten off to a more sluggish start than anticipated at the start of the season, head coach Dan Hubbs said it was better to work out the kinks earlier in the year.“I’d rather be 4-0, don’t get me wrong, but I think we’ll be better for it in the long run,” Hubbs said. “We’ve had to deal with some adversity, and we’ve overcome it. Now we just have to continue to play well.”The Trojans will return to competitive baseball against the Demon Deacons on Friday after their midweek exhibition, but senior outfielder Timmy Robinson said the squad’s attitude is the same regardless of opposition or circumstance.“We just need to go out there and play our game, so it doesn’t matter whether we’re playing an exhibition game or the No. 1 team in the country,” Robinson said. “We’ll approach this weekend just like we approached the game [against the NC Dinos] … and hopefully the outcome will be different.”Robinson may finally see a return to the field this weekend after opening the season nursing an injury to his arm and filling the DH spot in the Trojans’ lineup. The Huntington Beach native crushed his first home run of the season on Tuesday, which proved to be the difference in the win against LMU.Wake Forest comes to Los Angeles sporting a perfect 4-0 record. The Demon Deacons finished the 2015 season with a 27-26 overall record and failed to make the ACC Tournament, but this year, they are unbeaten after home victories over four different teams. They will fly cross-country for their first road games of the season against USC. There is not much familiarity between the two programs, as the Trojans have not faced off against Wake Forest since Rod Dedeaux sat in the dugout as their head coach in the 1949 College World Series.Hubbs said the key to a strong weekend series and beyond is making sure they play with composure on the field. He pointed to sophomore third baseman Angelo Armenta’s attempt to cut down a runner at home in Wednesday’s exhibition, which led to a 4-run NC inning after the throw arrived too late to the plate.“We just have to shore up a couple of those kinds of things: that we’re making the right decision and making the right play,” Hubbs said. “If we do that, I think we’ll be in good shape.”The first game of the series between the Trojans and the Demon Deacons begins at 6 p.m. on Friday at Dedeaux Field. Saturday’s game begins at 2 p.m., and USC will wrap up the three-game set on Sunday at 1 p.m.last_img read more