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2014 World Cup

Jiu jitsu squad patrols Sao Paulo

Feb 2014

FIFA_tropa_do_bracoPolice in Sao Paulo deploy unarmed officers with three months of training in Brazilian jiu jitsu to patrol the city ahead of the 2014 World Cup. 140 officers of the ‘Tropa do Bra├žo,’ or ‘Troop of Arms,’ patrol a 1,500-strong protest that ends in clashes resulting in 282 arrests. The tactic is inspired by French police, who confronted violent protests in Paris in 2005. According to a military police captain:

We want to use less aggressive resources. We hope that physical force alone contains the most agitated protesters.