By Benjamin Parkin, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Saturday, officers from BOPE (Special Operations Battalion) reoccupied the Complexo do Alemão and Complexo da Penha in the Zona Norte (North Zone) of Rio, after the death of four UPP (Pacifying Police Unit) officers in the past month. Between 200 and 300 BOPE officers will patrol the communities in order to “reassert stability”, according to the commander of the UPPs.

BOPE forces last occupied Alemão and Penha in 2010, when they were first “pacified” and started the long process to receiving Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed? Login Here