Rio Police to Use Less Assault Weapons

By Andrew Willis, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Military police in Rio are gradually replacing their rifles with non-lethal weapons such as electro-shock taser guns, according to an announcement by the government of Rio de Janeiro State last week. The move will mainly affect police on radio-patrol missions in pacified favelas.

“In total, 273 guns have already been replaced with tasers, shock weapons used to immobilize suspects that take a threatening stance during police operations,” said a . . .

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