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Police make an incursion into the Vila Cruzeiro slum  in Rio de Janeiro. Life as one of Rio de Janeiro's 38,000 military police officers has never been an easy task, particularly for those whose mission it is to combat the city's three heavily armed drug factions, the Red Command, the Third Command and the Friends of the Friends or "ADA". But a wave of police killings this year has underlined the growing dangers of law enforcement in this seaside tourist capital. (Foto:DOUGLAS ENGLE/AUSTRAL FOTO)

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Police make an incursion into the Vila Cruzeiro slum in Rio de Janeiro. Life as one of Rio de Janeiro's 38,000 military police officers has never been an easy task, particularly for those whose mission it is to combat the city's three heavily armed drug factions, the Red Command, the Third Command and the Friends of the Friends or "ADA". But a wave of police killings this year has underlined the growing dangers of law enforcement in this seaside tourist capital. (Foto:DOUGLAS...
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Headline: Rio drug war
Author: Douglas Engle/AustralFoto
Date created: 5 May 2007
Dimension: 3008x2000
File size: 1.2MB
City: Rio de Janeiro
Country: Brazil
Keywords: Rio, Brazil, drug, violence, war, police, BOPE
Copyright: © Douglas Engle 2007


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