A Better Solution to the Van Incident in Copa ahead of 2014, 2016 events

The recent van, and to a lesser extent, bus incidents have attracted attention:



The reaction seems overdone, like making all travelers take off shoes after the shoe bomber attempt in the US:


I think that there may be a better way, which would impress the world community ahead of the 2014 and 2016 games: on officer video. This is what works in the UK. I think all Policia Municipal, and bus drivers/ attendants who drive in Copa should wear on officer video, which is uploaded to the internet database. I know that Rio has progressed positively since the events in Tropa2, not to mention Ciudade de Deus, but I think that on officer video would really re-assure the world community that Rio/ Brazil is committed to being world class in terms of security. The cops might not like on officer video, but I think the professional prosecutors, politicians, and business leaders (like at Gerdau, Vale, Petrobras) should be in favor of it. This is in the same category as upgrading from A4 aircraft to F18, and to upgrading the 3G networks. It might not be perfect, a lot of the equipment may not be fully utilized, but if Brazil went ahead and bought a few thousand sets of on officer video with ability to upload to a internet database, the world would be impressed.

What do you think?

Published by Janar Wasito

Janar Wasito is the manager of Magis Capital in San Diego, CA. He is a graduate of Harvard and Stanford Law School, and a former Marine Officer.

3 thoughts on “A Better Solution to the Van Incident in Copa ahead of 2014, 2016 events

  1. Sounds like a a cost effective palliative solution. It would be great to try it on a small scale asap. Lots of discussion regarding privacy would take place…


    1. We have had those discussions already in United States and United Kingdom law regarding the tension between privacy and protection, under the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution, among other places. But ahead of the 2014 and 2016 events, I would think the priority would be on commerce. For some of the people I am talking to Brazil about, the only perception comes from watching Tropa de Elite 2 on Netflix — this is a guy who worked next to the man who coined BRICS before the term came into use, and who would be spending 2000R a night for a room in copa… for himself and his daughters… in 2016. I think the approach is that every Policia Municipal and onibus fare-taker has on officer video, which can be uploaded to the internet each night by a supervisor. Those are all public places. Easy to translate the relevant cases to Porto.


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