Primeiro Comando da Capital http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/33331/all en Brazil inmates complaining of violence order street attacks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/brazil-inmates-complaining-violence-order-street-attacks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Prisoners complaining of violence behind bars ordered a wave of attacks out on the streets in southern Brazil over the past two weeks, officials said Friday as police reinforcements began arriving.</p> <p>The state of Santa Catarina has seen buses torched and police fired on in some 30 cities since January 30.</p> <p>Authorities say the violence has been masterminded by prison-based crime gangs demanding better living conditions for inmates.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/brazil-inmates-complaining-violence-order-street-attacks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Florianópolis Primeiro Comando da Capital Santa Catarina AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 20:30:51 +0000 5757083 at http://www.globalpost.com Elite police units deployed in restive southern Brazil http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/elite-police-units-deployed-restive-southern-brazil <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Elite police commando units fanned out on streets of southern Brazil Saturday, in an effort to contain a wave of violent attacks over the past two weeks, authorities said.</p> <p>The attacks -- allegedly ordered by criminal gangs from within Brazil's prisons -- have seen buses and private passenger cars torched and police fired upon in some 30 cities in the state of Santa Catarina since January 30.</p> <p>"With the support of the National Police Force, we have launched Operation Secure Santa Catarina, Joao Carlos Neves, spokesman for the state's military police force.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/elite-police-units-deployed-restive-southern-brazil" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Florianópolis Law Primeiro Comando da Capital AFP Sat, 16 Feb 2013 18:46:01 +0000 5757692 at http://www.globalpost.com Elite police units deployed in restive southern Brazil http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/elite-police-units-deployed-restive-southern-brazil-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Elite police commando units fanned out across the streets of southern Brazil on Saturday, in a bid to contain a wave of violent attacks over the past two weeks.</p> <p>The attacks -- allegedly ordered by criminal gangs from within Brazil's prisons -- have seen buses and private passenger cars torched and police fired upon in some 30 towns and cities in Santa Catarina state since January 30.</p> <p>"With the support of the national police force, we have launched Operation Secure Santa Catarina," state military police spokesman Joao Carlos Neves said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/elite-police-units-deployed-restive-southern-brazil-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Florianópolis Military police Primeiro Comando da Capital AFP Sat, 16 Feb 2013 22:15:32 +0000 5757857 at http://www.globalpost.com Brazil police sentenced for prison 'massacre' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130421/brazil-police-sentenced-prison-massacre-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Twenty-three Brazilian police officers were sentenced to 156 years in jail each on Sunday for their role in the killing of 111 inmates during Brazil's deadliest prison uprising in 1992.</p> <p>The 23 were among 26 military officers on trial before the Sao Paulo state tribunal. The three others were cleared.</p> <p>The officers, most of them now retired, were accused of killing 15 prisoners in Sao Paulo's Carandiru prison during the operation to quell the revolt on October 2, 1992, which came to be known as the "Carandiru massacre."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130421/brazil-police-sentenced-prison-massacre-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brazil Carandiru massacre Primeiro Comando da Capital AFP Sun, 21 Apr 2013 13:30:27 +0000 5821549 at http://www.globalpost.com Brazil's top prison gang runs $60 million crime trade http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131011/brazils-top-prison-gang-runs-60-million-crime-trade <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Brazil's powerful PCC prison gang runs a nationwide criminal business worth $60 million a year with operations extending into neighboring Bolivia and Paraguay, according to an official report disclosed Friday.</p> <p>The so-called First Command of the Capital, whose leaders operate from jails in Sao Paulo state, is present in 22 of the country's 26 states as well as in the Federal District (Brasilia).</p> <p>It is regarded as one of the country's top crime syndicates.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131011/brazils-top-prison-gang-runs-60-million-crime-trade" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crime PCC Primeiro Comando da Capital São Paulo AFP Fri, 11 Oct 2013 18:03:00 +0000 5958666 at http://www.globalpost.com Brazil crime outfit has nearly 10,000 members, authorities say http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/131011/brazil-crime-outfit-has-nearly-10000-members-authorities-say <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Sao Paulo, Oct 11 (EFE).- Brazil's largest criminal organization has almost 10,000 members - including 6,000 behind bars - and annual revenues of roughly $54.8 million, O Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper said Friday, citing a report from prosecutors.</p> <p>The information on the First Command of the Capital, or PCC, was compiled by the organized crime unit of the Sao Paulo state Attorney General's Office.</p> <p>The document draws heavily on intercepted telephone conversations between reputed PCC boss Marco Camacho, a.k.a. "Marcola," and his subordinates.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/131011/brazil-crime-outfit-has-nearly-10000-members-authorities-say" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Primeiro Comando da Capital São Paulo Agencia EFE Fri, 11 Oct 2013 22:31:52 +0000 5958924 at http://www.globalpost.com Brazil crime gang threatens 'World Cup terror' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131015/brazil-crime-gang-threatens-world-cup-terror <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Brazil's powerful PCC crime syndicate has threatened to launch terror-style attacks during the World Cup and presidential polls next year, the daily O Estado de Sao Paulo reported Tuesday.</p> <p>The so-called First Command of the Capital, which operates from jails in Sao Paulo state, vowed to unleash a "World Cup of terror" if its chiefs are transferred and isolated in other prisons.</p> <p>O Estado's report followed its revelation last week of details of an extensive report by Sao Paulo state prosecutors on PCC activities.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131015/brazil-crime-gang-threatens-world-cup-terror" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Military police PCC Primeiro Comando da Capital São Paulo AFP Tue, 15 Oct 2013 15:32:25 +0000 5961481 at http://www.globalpost.com