Bope Welcomes You To Rio

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BBC Two did a short documentary on BOPE. The special force police group in Rio de Janeiro. Lots of FN FALs in this video.

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  • Phillip Cooper

    Brazilian VolksPolizei?

  • Max Cavalera

    I think they are armed with IMBEL LAR rifles, not FN FALs.

    • Anton Gray Basson

      You mean the licensed copy of the FN FAL?

      • Max Cavalera

        Yes, it is.

        • Or even possibly that 5.56×45 variant that IMBEL made.

          • Renato H. M. de Oliveira

            Nope. BOPE likes the 7.62 better. They feel the 5.56 is too weak to face bad guys armed with AKs

          • Hoolan

            Alot of improvised brick and mortar housing. Only 7.62 can punch through that.

  • Jomo

    Holy over-penetration, Batman! They better really be sure of what’s behind their target!

    • politicsbyothermeans

      More RdJ. They don’t care where the rounds go.

      • Ezra Bristow

        What we call collateral damage they call pre-empting a crime…

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    I guess they’re busy shooting all the homeless kids before the Olympics.

    • Renato H. M. de Oliveira

      Sure, LE officers have nothing better to do. In your sick mind, that is.

      • TheNotoriousIUD
        • @TheNotoriousIUD:disqus You’ll love the movie Elite Squad (2007)

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            I’ll check it out

          • Tassiebush

            I second that film endorsement and recommend the sequel

        • Renato H. M. de Oliveira

          The vast majority of those 1500 had criminal records.

          • TheNotoriousIUD


          • Renato H. M. de Oliveira

            AI has lost its legitimacy by using bad sources, like Hamas.

      • iksnilol

        BOPE and company are known for killing “undesirables”.

        Especially when it comes to maintaining the country’s appearance.

        Before the cup, the properties outside of cities were the least valuable (due to long commute). During the cup those properties became suddenly valuable (due to good view and avoiding smog). Guess what happened? People were forced from their homes into the slums and whatnot.

        • Renato H. M. de Oliveira

          I do know that.
          That wasn’t the LEO’s desire, it was their duty.
          I do know a lot of LEO who couldn’t sleep and/or had PTSD for accomplishing such orders.
          The politics are to blame.

          • iksnilol

            Why do they then follow those orders?

          • Renato H. M. de Oliveira

            Hard to say.
            Many LE stablishments in Brazil are very very hard to get in. BOPE is even harder. For most LEO here, it is a dream come true. I don’t know of any LEO who is there for lack of options, all of them longed for that job.

            So they fear losing not only their lifelong dreams, but also letting their families without financial support.

            In the US, there are quite a lot of vets working for the firearms community, firearms companies, doing private security, and so on and so forth. In Brazil – not so.

            The firearms community in Brazil is, for all practical purposes, non existant. Brazilian firearms laws are VERY restrictive, I would say ridiculous. o, if LEO guys lose their job, which will surely get them arrested for not obeying orders, they will have a very hard time finding a job – even more so when our economy is in bad shape and unemployment rate at or beyond 10%.

            I’m not saying they should follow such orders – they shouldn’t. But I do understand their dilemmas.

          • Kivaari

            There’s quite a bit of defective justice in the USA as well. I suspect it is easier to find justice in the USA than anywhere else, yet we get screwed anyway.

    • Yallan

      True in el salvador and in other countries homeless and other undesirables get rounded up and offed on a semi regular basis. Called a ‘social cleansing’.
      But that stuff is unofficially funded by private individuals and businesses, not sanctioned by the government, although they turn a blind eye cause those who carry it out are police and military in disguise.
      Anyway guys, latinos are the most violent race on earth, U.S will soon find out what’s required to keep the peace. Or maybe they’ll just use government bribes to keep them contained in ghettos, smart.

  • Isaac O. Lees

    Please tell me I’m not the only one who thought he had misspelled “Pope” at first.

  • Matt Shermer

    This is what you hope Police Departments in America DON’T become, although these guys are loaded out akin to a SWAT team, they still have to walk beats on the street. God help us if it becomes that necessary here… R.I.P. Cmd. Gripp, you were the angel of death in defense of your people, now the angels will look after you…

    • Mazryonh

      Isn’t it because they’re effectively fighting a heavily-armed counter-insurgency? There’s plenty of tales of what the drug gangs in Mexico are willing to do, so perhaps they don’t want to be unprepared when facing similar opposition in Brazil.

      • Matt Shermer

        I guess I wasn’t clear, I don’t begrudge these men the armaments they have, they need the heavy armaments they have, and in reality, they need more in order to do their job. The Brazilian government needs to give them modern ambush-protection vehicles, and drones to scout vehicle routes.

        • Mazryonh

          No helmets then? I haven’t found too many in the BOPE photos I’ve seen.

          I wonder if the weapons budget for BOPE and other armed forces in Brazil is pulling away funds for more civic projects like cleaning up Rio de Janeiro’s sewage problem before the 2016 Olympics. Holding down heavily-armed criminals can get costly, but it shouldn’t crowd out all other priorities.

          There are plenty of choices BOPE could make if they wanted to upgrade. APCs, MRAPs, even armoured bulldozers could be bought and used. But drones are not very cost-effective since they are prone to crashing and very expensive to run and maintain. A militarized Cessna-type plane would likely work better, because bullets don’t endanger a whole city block like Predator and Hellfire missiles do.

          Of course, no amount of weapons budget can buy loyalty or strong morals in law enforcement . . .

          • Matt Shermer

            I’m not talking about armed drones either, they have helicopters to practice airmobile suppression and insertion, I’m talking about just for scouting and reconnaissance. It doesn’t even have to be something as expensive and complex as a predator, there are as many options as there are countries they can be purchased from…

          • Mazryonh

            Militarized single-engine turboprops are simpler to operate and less-costly than helicopters, and depending on needs could be turned into floatplanes so as to reduce the need for runways. Of course, doing sniper shots from a helicopter is often easier than a fixed-wing plane, as shown in a July 7, 2015 entry on this blog showing a Brazilian police sniper following a car chase on a helicopter.

            If recon drones become more common in Brazil, what if the narcos get drone jammers as well? They already have access to plenty of military weaponry.

  • Nimrod

    Look up the movie Elite Squad on Netflix. Pretty decent, Semi fictional about BOPE.

    • hkryan

      I agree. The sequel wasn’t bad either.

  • Lance

    Like the fixed carry Handel M-4 in the pic.

  • anonymous

    “Lots of FN FALs in this video.”

    But the internet gun forums keep telling me that the FAL is a dead platform.

    • Renato H. M. de Oliveira

      Pretty much the standard rifle of the Brazilian Army yet. Replacement is very slow.

    • cmbv79

      They replaced it by the Armalite AR-10.

    • Robert Harper

      Yeah, except in Africa, north, south and every where in between, of, and the middle east, plenty floating around in South America too. It was one of the most produced battle rifles so it can be found all over, and since they’re so hard to kill, they’ll be around for quite some time too.

  • Mrdakka

    Why no helmets?

    • Renato H. M. de Oliveira

      Brazilian LEO rarely use helmets.

  • Colin

    Another very old video 2+ years ago done before the Brazil WORLD CUP FOOTBALL tournament ( footy ).The most played world wide game where your FOOT moves a BALL .’ Americans need not apply stick to your 4hrs of 2 seconds burst game EH ! This video is so out of date , ? Did Kate recommend this ?

    • Tassiebush

      If you struggle with videos that aren’t brand spanking new then I reckon you must be the kind of cappuccino slurping kid who queues up excitedly each time a new iPhone gets released…

  • Igor

    So very easy to point and mock and criticize, when one does not live in a place where off-duty police officers are literally dragged from their homes and executed in public.

  • flyfishr

    I’m rusty, but that translation wasn’t the most accurate.

  • Kivaari

    Aren’t they FM clones of FNs?

  • Igor Marcio

    in Brazil, the son cry and his mother not see huehueuheuhe

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    In the header photograph above, it is interesting to see that the squad is armed with two versions of the FAL Para, one with the 18″ barrel and the other with the 21″ barrel, in addition to the M4. Is this non-standardized mix a result of using what is available, or do the BOPE have a choice of preferred individual weapon due to their status?