One of my
first impressions of Brazil
â€“ one which did not become solidified until after a week or so into our visit â€“
is that police really donâ€™t seem to care.
In fact, they were almost non-existent.
There were plenty of times, particularly in Florianopolis,
that I saw something occur that would make the police in the United States go absolutely
common instance of defiance of the law was when we were offered drugs every day
on the way to class. One of the local
homeless men saw that we were obviously not locals so every time we passed he
would say to us â€śWeed? Weed? Hey!
Weed?â€ť After kindly refusing him
a few times it became a little joke between us.
He would start greeting us and smile before saying â€śWeed??â€ť While we all laughed it off after seeing the
man was completely harmless, I couldnâ€™t help but wonder how quickly he would
have been arrested in a comparable U.S.
city of Floripaâ€™s
size. He wouldnâ€™t make it 2 minutes
without being snatched up by one of the cops that are on every other city
incredibly clear example was when Brazil
in their 2nd game of the World Cup.
People were walking around waving flags, shouting, and drinking all over
the city. There are no open container
laws in Brazil,
so the fact that people were walking around the streets with beers in their
hands is not surprising at all. However,
I saw not once but twice, someone driving
a car through the streets with a beer in one hand hanging out the driverâ€™s
window. Now that is definitely illegal
in Brazil. Why were the drivers doing this? Was it carelessness? Doubtful.
I wouldnâ€™t think that two people on two different streets could be that
dumb. I think it had more to do with the
fact that the drivers know how the system â€“ or lack thereof â€“ works in
Floripa. Theyâ€™ve probably lived there
their whole lives and notice the same thing that I did in a few days: there are
the beach one day I saw something that seemed foreign and out of place. It couldnâ€™t be what I thoughtâ€¦ but alas it
was: a police station. It was about the
size of my hotel room and inside was one officer watching TV. Outside were no police cars, but I had yet to
see any police on the road. So where are all the cops? I thought I was going to go the entire 10
days through Florianopolis
without seeing a police officer on the road when finally, on the 8th
day of our stay, I finally saw a police car.
The officer inside was reading the paper.