Friday, April 11, 2014

Brazil: In a Nation Fraught with Police Misconduct, Abuse, Darth Vader Masks May Facilitate Criminality

According to EFE, police units in the twelve Brazilian states where matches will be played during the 2014 soccer World Cup in June received masks inspired by Star Wars character Darth Vader to equip their anti-riot officers, the firm that provided the gear reported.

The masks, which besides being designed to have a psychological to protect the officers against gas attacks, allow them to withstand high temperatures and have a visor that does not fog up and a voice amplifier, were presented at the LAAD International Public and Corporate Security Fair, the largest of its kind in Latin America and which kicked off Tuesday (April 8) in Rio de Janeiro.

The masks will be used by the anti-riot police during protests that might be staged during the World Cup, according to Welster Itage, the company which is responsible for importing the masks from the US, where they were manufactured.

COMMENT: As someone who has devoted my entire adult life to the protection of citizens worldwide, the Darth Vader anti-riot masks, I predict, will facilitate a police cadre known worldwide for police misconduct and criminality to engage in illegal activities.

Admittedly, adopting Darth Vader anti-riot masks will be perceived by the majority of Brazilian citizens as becoming a convenient vehicle designed to conceal police misconduct.

To clarify, please review the link below from THE ECONOMIST:

The company has already delivered 1,500 masks in Brazil and it will deliver another 3,700 before the World Cup commences.

The masks have a tube through which the officers can sip water and use an air filter that can be linked to an external oxygen tube.

With more than 160 exhibitors from 17 countries, the fair opened its doors on Tuesday in Rio and features equipment that can be used at the upcoming large public events that will be held in Brazil, including the World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.