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Brazilian city hires Batman to help fight crime

Officials in Taubaté, Brazil, have hired a retired soldier to dress up as Batman and patrol the streets of the most crime ridden neighbourhoods in the city. 

In a statement issued by Taubaté police, former military man André Luiz Pinheiro will walk the streets wearing the bat-costume and “help to combat crimes such as murder and drug trafficking which have increased.”

André Luiz Pinheiro at home in the Batcave

Whilst it is still unclear exactly how hands-on Pinheiro’s role will be, officials want him to act as a conduit between the community and the police. The hope is that “Brazilian Batman” will become an approachable presence in the city’s most troubled areas.

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4 comments on “Brazilian city hires Batman to help fight crime

  1. Torre DeRoche (@FearfulGirl)
    October 24, 2012

    I have the distinct feeling that Batman is going to get bashed.

  2. Paul Garaway
    October 25, 2012

    Love the fact they published his name in their statement – as if superheroes need anonymity anyway

    • Christian White
      October 25, 2012

      Seriously. Did they learn nothing from every superhero movie ever made!?

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