We’ve made it a habit to hang out on Saturdays at Parque Ibirapuera. My son loves it, and it’s a nice walk for me. The other weekend (pre-baby) as we were leaving my son happened upon the Civil police van. We often see these around Brasil, either Civil or Federal Police vans, with the cops just kind of standing around making sure the peace is kept.
I have a fear of cops. Period. US and well of course even more so in Brasil, due to stories like these that I’ve read and the fact that I don’t speak Portuguese great, my distrust of cops here is even worse than in the US. Seriously my husband laughs at how afraid of police I am — I would shake when they pulled me over for tickets…before, during, and for like 30 minutes afterwards.
But not my kid, he hopped right up into the van, and one of the police officers (the female one of course), immediately came over and gave him a sweet little tour.