Opinion: “Law enforcement” in Rio’s favelas is largely non-existent

It is frightening that the two highest government officials in charge of enforcing the laws – the President and the Vice President – lament only the death of a police inspector, while applauding the deaths of 27 “bandidos”.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) Many people (including this writer) are shocked (but not surprised) by the Rio de Janeiro police killing 27 civilians in the hillside favela of Jacarezinho last Thursday, May 6th.

Brazil's President Bolsonaro was neither shocked nor surprised. On Sunday, while congratulating the police for their successful action, he said, "By treating as 'victims' traffickers who steal, kill and destroy families, the press and the left equate them to the common, honest citizen who respects the laws and his fellow man.”

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