Rio Reports Decrease in Violent Crimes, but Shootings Common

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Despite reports of shootings and police confrontations at some of Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela complexes, the city’s Public Security Institute (ISP) announced this week that May 2015 registered the lowest rate of homicides for the month in the past 24 years. The announcement comes after a wave of reported assaults around the affluent Zona Sul (South Zone) neighborhoods, which had created a sense of increased insecurity.

“The indicators today show the work of the military and civil police,” Rio’s governor Luiz Fernando Pezão told reporters . . .

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