Opinion, by Michael Kerlin

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - "Things could really be different this time," we told ourselves about the insertion of Police Pacification Units (UPPs) into violent favelas to root out drug traffickers. Residents were walking up and down the hills with an extra spring in their step, home prices were going up, businesses were thriving, and drug gangs were on the run. And, this time, finally, a corruption-free police effort had arrived in Rio’s toughest favelas.

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