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RIO DE JANEIRO SECURITY INCIDENTS – 5th BULLETIN OF MAY

21/05/2022 – An amateur football player was killed by drug dealers after mistakenly entering Morro do Cruz, in Tijuca, North Zone.

23/05/2022 – A police car was shot in the community of Rocinha, South Zone. A woman walking on the sidewalk was hit by a stray bullet.

24/05/2022 – A joint operation was conducted between the Special Operations Battalion (BOPE), the Federal Police (PF) and the Federal Highway Police (PRF) and left 23 people dead in Vila Cruzeiro, Penha, in the North Zone. Most were suspected of being part of the organized crime, but one victim would be a resident, shot by a stray bullet that hit her inside her house. The command of the Military Police stated that the joint operation with the Federal Highway Police (PRF) had been planned for months but was launched as an emergency to prevent an alleged migration of criminals to Rocinha favela. Agents were looking to arrest Comando Vermelho leaders hiding in the complex and were shot at around 4h. 13 rifles, pistols, grenades, 20 vehicles and a large amount of drugs were seized. This was the second most lethal police operation in the history of the state, only behind the operation that took place in Jacarezinho, in May 2021, with 28 deaths.

What the authorities say:

On a social network President Jair Bolsonaro congratulated the police on the operation. He said: “Congratulations to the BOPE (Special Operations Battalion) and @PMERJ (Rio de Janeiro’s Military Police) warriors who neutralized at least 20 criminals linked to drug trafficking in a confrontation, after being shot during an operation against criminal faction leaders”.

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