Ross Kemp on Drug Gangs in Rio de Janeiro

Ross Kemp on Drug Gangs in Rio de Janeiro

Drug gangs of Rio de Janeiro are a popular topic for documentaries. You may remember Dancing with the Devil we had featured on Best Gore not so long ago. This is another one – presented by English actor Ross Kemp. It also features the infamous video of the execution of a gang member by a policeman behind a van. Like Dancing with the Devil, the documentary appears to point at a lot of wrongdoing on behalf of Brazilian police.

Ross Kemp travelled to Rio de Janeiro to see and experience Brazilian gangs with his own eyes. Brazil’s cocaine market is the second largest in the world and claims the lives of thousands that die in shootout with police or between gangs each year.

The origins of Rio’s gangs stretch back to the early 1970’s when Brazil’s junta imprisoned its left wing opponents in the same jail as Rio’s criminals. Out of the mix came what the media nicknamed the Red Command – a criminal organization representing the populace in the fight against the government. One of the original founders of the Red Command was William da Silva Lima nicknamed “O Professor” (The Professor). At the time of the documentary, he was serving the last months of his 36 year sentence for armed robbery. Ross Kemp interviewed him in what became the first ever interview he’s given.

A very fuckable female criminologist Ross Kemp also interviewed said 1,200 favela kids are killed by police in Rio de Janeiro alone each year. According to people’s accounts, rival gangs often invade their favelas backed up by police and many innocent bystanders get wounded in the shootout. One of the bosses of Commando Vermelho (The Red Command) told Ross Kemp about groups of corrupt police officers who kidnap the higher ranking gang members and hold them for ransom or sell their deaths to rival gangs. It is estimated that some 6,000 teenagers work in Rio’s drug gangs. A statistic says 80% of them will die before they reach 21.

The most shocking part of the documentary I think are pictures from prisons. Brazil’s jail population has doubled over the last decade to a quarter of million. The prisoners are sardined inside cells in conditions that are nothing short of appalling. They defecate into plastic bags. What makes these conditions even worse is the fact that members of rival gangs are held in the same prison which causes tension and results in frequent fights.

A preacher visits once a week and holds sessions with prisoners in which he perform exorcism that looks like those fake Christian shows on TV. But obviously, it adds strength to the prisoners to put up with the appalling conditions of the chokey. How many abandon the life of crime after release is anyone’s guess. The message from favelas is quite clear – kids join drug gangs because they have no other opportunities available to them.

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41 thoughts on “Ross Kemp on Drug Gangs in Rio de Janeiro”

  1. In my country, the government has announced that there are sicarios who are on disposition to kill somebody for a payment of 500 dolars. That is about 82 % of Mark’s budget. How low we have fallen!

  2. I love watching these types of documentaries. They always teach me two things 1) we live in a fucked up world and 2) I need a faster internet connection. I’ll let ya know what I thought about it in a few hours from now.

  3. There’s been a push by the police and army in Brazil to clean out the shanty towns in Rio and try to stop most of the violence all together but if you’ve been watching the news a US citizen who was female was raped on a bus and then dropped off somewhere. Let’s see if they can clean up before the World Cup next yearsl and the Olympics in

    1. The media you hear in the U.S. is what they what you to hear. So just saying the media probably lied, so later in the future they will be like send money to blablabla and help these people out. Before its to late for them, just like with Africa.

    2. As everything the brazlian and rio de janeiro government do, its only a make up operation to show the international media they are taking care of something they really can’t control. They did the same thing decades ago when the number of favelas were much smaller and couldnt stop it, what makes them think they can and they will now?

    1. Same type of people in America sympathizing with rapists.

      We have a word for them: Our Leaders.

      Unbelievable, huh? How a bunch of beta males became able to lead a pack is beyond me..

      Nah, just joking.

      Stupidity in groups cannot be underestimated.

  4. It’s funny, I was just watching MSNBCs Lockdown recently and there were prisoners complaining about the conditions in the prison. Boo hoo we only have a/c in some buildings and fans in the others. Or boo hoo we are sent to the hole for breaking rules. Maybe if they were put in the Brazilian jails they’d have something real to complain about.

          1. I’m going to have to look this up, I did a bit of bird in my younger days but we weren’t allowed fuck all, just wages from prison work and a tenner a week private spends, a couple of prisons allowed you to wear your own clothes but that was mainly for remand prisoners and Cat D’s.

  5. One thing I could never understand about prison is the buttfucking. Seriously, why would a heterosexual man resort to fucking another man’s A hole when he could just jerk off and think of women. Especially the guys who have girlfriends and wives on the outside. I just don’t get it (nor will I ever get it).

      1. I saw that one, infamous Numbers Gang. The man your talking about is John Mongrel or Jonny Mongrel or something like that. Just look up the Numbers Gang, shouldn’t be too hard to find.

        But I feel ya BrokeBack, They’d have to kill me before they get to ‘feel me’ ya dig?

    1. Lol I always had the thought if I was gonna commit a crime I would commit it in a state with no death penalty. If I was a guy I would also only commit crimes in states that allowed conjugal visits.

      On another episode of Lockdown (yes, I need to get a life, I know) the guy showed how they make a fake va jay jay. Google prison fifi.

  6. I really love these documentaries. I couldnt get over the jail – insane!! How they all sleep in there is beyond me – the smell as well, with all that heat and the bags of poo – it must be overwhelming. They must having very high rates of feces spread disease in there.

    1. I just think about those living conditions as being like what they were back in the day. Hundreds of years ago, I mean. I assume you’d get used to it…eventually. Like being in a dungeon during the Dark Ages. Freakin’ yikes.

      1. There are sections for the various criminals. For example, rapists, some murderers (the crueller ones) and others that are recognized as the trash among trash, are put in a section. Others that committed less severe crimes, have their respective sessions. The ones that are too violent to live with the other prisoners stay alone. And if the criminal have an university degree, he has the right to a special cell.

  7. About kids joining drug gangs, it’s not because they lack opportunities. It’s because they think it’s easier that way. Have easy money, walk around in the favela with guns in hands, and crap like that. It’s also for a similar reason that many people join the military police. It’s said here that when someone joins the police, it’s because he isn’t capable of doing anything better.

    I know a guy who grew up in the favela. He had three brothers. The other three became criminals, but he didn’t. as he said, it was because of his personality. since he was a kid, he saw his older brothers stealing, selling drugs, and committing other crimes. But he knew it would lead to a bad end, so he didn’t do the same. Instead, he searched in the trash for material to sell, he helped out in constructions for some money, and things like that. Today he is a martial arts teacher. One of his brothers is dead, and the other two are enjailed.

    This whole thing about lack of opportunities are just vain words. I think it’s part of the human nature to go for the easier ways, and bad ways. And when there’s encouragement, it’s almost guaranteed that the guy will go astray. Only a few can resist the tempation.

  8. Good stuff, watched it all. Funny how something as small as a drug that has the power to make people forget their problems or feel good for a while has a grip on a nation like that. Only if something positive could replace it and, I dont know, they all make flip flops, much better than coca.

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