By William Jones, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Christmas morning in the pacified favela community of Rocinha was marred by confrontations between police and suspected drug traffickers which resulted in two casualties and a UPP (Police Pacification Unit) patrol vehicle being vandalized. Police had gone to check on reports that illegal drugs were being sold on site, and when they arrived the scene turned violent.

According to reports, the conflict occurred in Rocinha’s Rua do Valão, near the area known as Largo do Boiadeiro. When the police checked a complaint regarding allegations a resident had been selling . . .

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