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  • Rio gangs shoot down police chopper, 2 cops dead

    2016 is still far away, but I hope Brazil starts doing something to eliminate this type of stuff...

    http://www.miamiherald.com/915/story...ents_Container

    Rio gangs shoot down police chopper, 2 cops dead

    By FLORA CHARNER
    Associated Press Writer

    RIO DE JANEIRO -- A police helicopter flying over an intense shootout between rival drug gangs in a Rio slum was hit by gunfire Saturday and crashed in a fiery explosion on a football field.

    Two officers were killed while the pilot and another officer on board suffered burns but managed to escape, a police spokesman said.

    Bullets flying from the Morro dos Macacos ("Monkey Hill" in Portuguese) slum in northern Rio de Janeiro hit the pilot in the leg as he hovered above the clash, causing him to lose control and crash, turning the helicopter into a blackened wreck.

    Officials said they did not know if somebody targeted the helicopter or if was hit by stray bullets, but the dramatic downing of the helicopter came only two weeks after Rio won the 2016 Olympic games amid major security concerns.

    The official - speaking on condition of anonymity as he wasn't authorized to discuss the event - at first said all four people in the helicopter had escaped alive, but later said two of those aboard had died. The pilot and the other officer who escaped were hospitalized and expected to survive.

    Images broadcast by Globo TV showed the helicopter burning, with little more than charred pieces of wreckage left after the fire was doused.

    Rio police frequently use helicopters to take on gangs that dominate drug trafficking in the city's more than 1,000 slums, but were unable to say whether this was the first time one of their helicopters had been shot down by gangs that use illicit military-grade weapons for combat against their rivals and authorities.

    The crash happened about five miles (eight kilometers) southwest of one of the zones where Rio's 2016 Olympic will be located. The city on Oct. 2 bested Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo for the games. Rio alone among the bid cities was highlighted for security concerns ahead of the International Olympic Committee vote.

    The crash followed firefights that broke out as a gang tried to seize a rival's territory in the slum, authorities said.

    Police moved into the area before dawn, though gunfire continued throughout the day.

    Authorities said they found the bodies of three presumed drug traffickers in a vehicle in the slum, though it was not immediately clear if those homicides were related to the shootout.

    Violence also broke out Saturday in another slum, where television footage showed at least three buses set afire and motorists fleeing for cover from bursts of gunfire by presumed drug traffickers. Police gave no immediate details of those events, though gangs sometimes set buses aflame to protest police operations.

    Despite increased policing efforts, Rio remains one of the world's most dangerous cities. The violence generally is contained within slum areas, though it sometimes spills into posh beach neighborhoods and periodically shuts down the highway that links the international airport to tourist destinations.


    Associated Press Writer Marco Sibaja contributed from Brasilia, Brazil.
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    What are they going to do for the Olympics? Rio's crime rate is really bad -- even worse than Chicago, I think!
    Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
    Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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    • #3
      Exactly, I still can't believe they made such a dumb decision. Virtually everyone knows that the Brazilian government can't control their own cities and that parts of Rio and Sao Paulo are a total warzone on par with Baghdad before The Surge. The IOC is clearly living in lala land. The crime and security situation alone should have disqualified Rio and put the real match between either Chicago or Madrid.

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      • #4
        I don't know what you guys are worried about, all they have to do is outlaw crime.







        Oh....wait.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by DAL View Post
          What are they going to do for the Olympics? Rio's crime rate is really bad -- even worse than Chicago, I think!
          I would guess they would get the military involved...Like what Mexico has been doing...
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Southflaguy View Post
            I would guess they would get the military involved...Like what Mexico has been doing...
            They'll need more than just the Brazilian military...

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            • #7
              Aren't guns illegal down there? Don't they obey the law?

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              • #8
                Drug cartels obeying the law... lol

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Taylor13 View Post
                  Drug cartels obeying the law... lol
                  Brazilian Government enforcing the law is even more lol.

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                  • #10
                    Crazy footage of the incident

                    Rio is a violent city, no doubt about it, but at the same time a large majority is isolated in the slums between competing drug gangs. Street crime is still rampant though and robberies are out of control.

                    However I was in Rio earlier this year for 6 days without incident, had a great time actually. The areas frequented by tourist have extra security, mainly a police unit that heavily patrols the beach areas. I still felt somewhat naked walking around without a firearm in the streets.

                    Like the article mentions Rio recently held the Pan American games in 2007 without any major incidents, so there is hope.

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                    • #11
                      Another thing... has this even happened in one of our worst cities... Detroit yet?

                      Wow... really bad choice.

                      And to the above post, yeah, touristy areas in all countries are fairly safe or they would never attract tourists.

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                      • #12
                        There's a pretty good Brazilian film about the police situation down there. BOPE - Tropa de Elite
                        **Not a LEO**

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by TimK View Post
                          There's a pretty good Brazilian film about the police situation down there. BOPE - Tropa de Elite
                          Awesome Movie!

                          And Liny, I still think RIO is a good choice. Yes a Helicopter being shot down over an urban environment is insane and would likely never happen here, but you have to take into account that they fly really low over these favelas built onto the sides of mountains.

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                          • #14
                            Too much grand theft auto.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Taylor13 View Post
                              They'll need more than just the Brazilian military...
                              The PD is the military/like the military for the most part

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