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Sat Aug 3, 2019, 02:17 AM

Rio's Governor Invents Rank of "General" for State Police, Firefighters

Governor Wilson Witzel says the measure will help to ensure there is a strong pool of candidates for top positions in the administration.

By Iolanda Fonseca -August 2, 2019

Governor Witzel inspects Rio’s Police (Photo social media)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Governor Wilson Witzel signed a decree Thursday creating the rank of “General” in the state’s police and firefighters. The Governor said he also intends to send the measure to the state’s assembly to be signed into law.

The move is the latest in a series which demonstrates the Governor’s desire to militarize the state’s security apparatus further. Witzel ran for office on a platform that promised to empower police to be more pro-active in using deadly force to target criminals.

Governor Witzel aims a sniper rifle well wearing the uniform of Rio’s BOPE (Photo PR Release)

Since being elected to office, the Governor has conducted several photo opportunities to show his strong ties to police. This week Witzel’s team posted on social media a photo of the Governor aiming a sniper rifle while dressed in the uniform of the BOPE – Rio’s special operations police. Earlier in the year, he was criticized for joining police on an operation from an armed helicopter.

Governor Witzel justified his creation of the rank of General by saying that it demonstrates the improvement in discipline among the institutions and shows the state’s appreciation for their role in providing security for Rio’s population. He went on to state that the measure will ensure there is a pool of trained and ready officers to take on the top roles in Rio’s security and civil defense apparatus.


(Gov. is acting out shooting Brazilian citizens in the streets of Rio? What's evil about that? After all, lots of citizens might need to get mowed down, right? Dirt bag.)

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