Western Hemisphere Analysis


BBC News: Brazil police arrested in Rio corruption and gang purge

More than 20 police officers have been arrested in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro in an operation to purge the force of links to criminal gangs.

Some officers are accused of working for drugs traffickers, others of helping illegal paramilitary groups that fight the security forces.

The allegations include selling guns and drugs that had been seized.

For Brazil to be successful in holding the favelas and bringing civilian government to the areas, this is an important step in the process.