- "One of São Paulo's most notorious organizations, the ruthless vigilante squad known as the Crachá Preto is a self-proclaimed "community self-defense force" that causes far more terror than tranquility in those that they claim to protect. Comprised of off-duty cops, firefighters and even active military men, the Crachá Preto are a treacherous gang filled with some of UFE's most marked men."
Description and overviewEdit
Members and activitesEdit
The Crachá Preto is made up of off-duty and former police, soldiers, prison guards and firefighters. Its known activities are extortion, blackmail, drug trafficking, arms trafficking, kidnapping, murder, and torture. The gang's estimated size is around 400 members. The gang members are extremely well-armed and equipped. The gang has a strong proficiency with ranged weapons.
The name Crachá Preto (Portuguese for "Black Badge") was coined because officers used to cover up the name and unit tags on their uniforms before vigilante attacks.
Relations with politiciansEdit
The gang has close ties to high-ranking officials and politicians in São Paulo. The gang is suspected of influencing political campaigns through voter intimidation.
The gang's victims were often found dismembered, secretly buried, or burned, making identification almost impossible. They are known for their use of torture, including castration, electric shock and asphyxiation.
The Crachá Preto was formed in 2006 by a group of rogue officers who started carrying out extrajudicial killings in under-policed areas of São Paulo, including Álvaro Neves, who became the gang's leader.
Over the years, the gang's members promoted themselves as a “community self-defence force”, but actually, they were a little more than a death squad for hire.
The gang was initially financed by members of the business community and other wealthy residents to eliminate thieves, drug dealers and other social undesirables.
Criminal acts and war over São PauloEdit
The Crachá Preto was allegedly responsible for the massacre of more than 200 homeless people in 2008. Between 2006 and 2009, the gang's activities were focused on taking control of favelas from gang members.
The gang has a pattern of winning over favela residents by ousting drug dealers, then imposing their own autocracy on the community. Militia members take over the water, gas and cable supplies, in addition to charging a ‘security tax’ for protection.
Police sources indicate an increased focus on arms/drugs trafficking and political assassinations since 2009.
They were believed to be responsible for the murders of up to 90 local politicians, judges, witnesses and community leaders between January 2010 and December 2011. The gang kidnapped and tortured two Spanish journalists who attempted to investigate them in 2010.
Human Rights organizations report a marked increase in missing persons from low income communities of São Paulo since 2010, claiming that the gang was responsible for this. The gang was also accused of planting crime scene evidence and staging executions to look like gang killings.
It is unknown for now what is the relationship between this gang with the Commando Sombra, another gang who wants to take control of the city.
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- Nova Gurga - a similar right-wing favela gang.