A Drop in the Murder Rate is Welcome News, but Alarming Facts Remain

Perhaps most alarming is the dramatic escalation in police killings. In Rio de Janeiro, the Military Police are currently killing five people a day, accumulating a total of 434 in the first quarter of 2019 alone.

Column by Scott Salmon

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazilian cities – and especially Rio de Janeiro – have a reputation for being dangerous places. It is a reputation well-deserved.

Until recently Brazil was home to 17 of the world’s 50 most homicidal cities and the world’s twelfth highest national homicide . . .

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