By Benjamin Parkin, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Recent violence has left almost as many police officers dead this year as in the entire year of 2013. In the state of Rio de Janeiro, fifteen police officers have already died, compared to eighteen in 2013. The latest deaths were two UPP (Pacifying Police Unit) officers, Rodrigo de Souza Paes Leme and Wagner Viera da Costa, killed in the Complexo do Alemão and Complexo da Penha, both Zona Norte (North Zone) of Rio, last Thursday.
Another UPP officer, Alda Rafael Castilho, was killed in the beginning of February in . . .