Wednesday, March 21, 2012
HERO PROFILE #87: Brazilian Batman
Operates out of: Taubaté, Brazil
Activities: Crime patrols, school appearances
Historical precedent: According to reports, the Brazilian Batman is a paid position, which seems likely he would be the first RLSH on payroll.
Quote: "I'm fighting crime in a preventative way by helping stop these children from becoming criminals. This is my job. This is my battle."
Author's Notes: There has been a lot of media circulating online over the last week or two about Andre Luiz Pinheiro, a retired police officer in Brazil who works with police to provide a positive role model for children. Reports seem mixed on the amount of actual crimefighting the Brazilian Caped Crusader will be pursuing. The report has made me wonder--might we see a future where being a RLSH is a paid position?
BBC report on Brazilian Batman here: www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-17419311