Opinion: Rio’s Beleaguered Military Police

Rio’s PM commanders have long known who the drug lords are, and who the militia leaders are, and where they are located; all too often, they protect their own.

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Last week’s first (figurative) news bomb was the fatal shooting of a Spanish tourist who was about to exit Rocinha, Rio’s largest favela. The tourist was in a vehicle driven by a tour guide, which (according to the police) disobeyed an order to stop.

Two PM’s, as members of Brazil’s Military Police are known, then opened fire on the vehicle, killing an innocent passenger . . .

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