Investigations in Amarildo de Souza Case Reopened in Rio

Investigations in Amarildo de Souza Case Reopened in Rio

By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The investigation into the disappearance and death of bricklayer Amarildo de Souza in Rocinha in 2013 will be reopened. The investigation, led by the Ministerio Publico (Public Prosecutor’s Office), will examine why the BOPE police unit entered Rocinha the night of his disappearance and […]

Rio Reports Decrease in Violent Crimes, but Shootings Common

Rio Reports Decrease in Violent Crimes, but Shootings Common

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Despite reports of shootings and police confrontations at some of Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela complexes, the city’s Public Security Institute (ISP) announced this week that May 2015 registered the lowest rate of homicides for the month in the past 24 years. The announcement comes […]

Street Child United Opens Football Pitch in Rio’s Complexo da Penha

Street Child United Opens Football Pitch in Rio’s Complexo da Penha

By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – NGO non-profit organization, Street Child United, and Chevrolet inaugurated a community football (soccer) pitch and a playground in the Complexo da Penha favela in Rio’s Zona Norte (North Zone) on Saturday, May 30th. The installations will give children in the community a safe place […]

Crime Numbers Drop in Rio Communities With UPPs

Crime Numbers Drop in Rio Communities With UPPs

By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Crime numbers have significantly dropped in communities with a Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) between 2008 and 2014 according to the latest numbers from the Public Safety Institute (ISP). In 36 UPP areas in Rio, homicides have decreased by 65.5 percent, street robberies by 57.3 […]

Rio’s Final UPP Bases to Be Constructed with Urgency

Rio’s Final UPP Bases to Be Constructed with Urgency

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Rio de Janeiro Governor Luiz Fernando Pezão has announced that the final bases for the city’s new Pacifying Police Units (UPPs) will be constructed under an urgency regime, not needing environmental licenses and land titles. The decision comes after conflicts between the police and drug […]

Complexo do Alemão Favela Protests After Ten-Year Old Killed

Complexo do Alemão Favela Protests After Ten-Year Old Killed

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Residents of Complexo do Alemão made a protest calling for peace and justice in the community after ten year-old Eduardo de Jesus was hit by a stray bullet last Thursday (April 2nd) on his doorstep and passed away. While the police have been accused of […]

Military Police to Take Over in Rio’s Complexo da Maré

Military Police to Take Over in Rio’s Complexo da Maré

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Rio de Janeiro’s Military Police (PM) force has started to take over command in the Complexo da Maré favela communities from the currently stationed national army forces. The handover will happen in stages and should be completed by June 30th, together with the installation of […]

Rio’s UPP in Cerro-Corá Fosters Community with Kickboxing

Rio’s UPP in Cerro-Corá Fosters Community with Kickboxing

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The small favela community of Cerro-Corá, located on the edge of Zona Sul (South Zone) held a kickboxing graduation ceremony of their community integration program last week on Thursday, March 19th. The entire program is meant to foster positive relationships between the UPP (Police Pacification […]

Rio’s Military Police Enter Favela After Weekend Shootings

Rio’s Military Police Enter Favela After Weekend Shootings

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – After intense shootings during the past weekend between two reported rival drug gangs in the Morro do Juramento favela in Rio’s Zona Norte (North Zone), the military police are occupying the community and searching for suspects. The shooting began on Friday night and terrorized residents […]

Rio Governor Pezão Announces Budget Cuts at Inauguration

Rio Governor Pezão Announces Budget Cuts at Inauguration

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Luis Fernando de Souza, known as Pezão (Big Foot), was sworn in as Rio de Janeiro’s state governor on Thursday, January 1st together with his running-mate and now vice-governor Francisco Dornelles at the Rio state parliament Alerj. In his inauguration speech Pezão already announced budget […]

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