“Strange–and Very Sad”

“Strange–and very sad” is how 25-year old student and community activist Buba Aguiar describes the role that technology is playing in the quest to increase safety in RIO according to today’s featured article.  Every day before leaving home, Aguiar uses a mobile application called Fogo Cruzado to inform her of any nearby violence.  Read on for more on how technology is helping to crowdsource crime data in order to keep people safe.

RIO’S FAVELAS ARE CROWDSOURCING CRIME DATA TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE

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Police Arrest Suspect in Tourist Shooting

Over the weekend, Rio de Janeiro police arrested a man they believe was involved in the recent shooting of a British tourist who was vacationing in the city with her husband and children.  During the confrontation between police and a group of criminals (during which the suspect was apprehended), two other men were shot and died at the scene.

RIO POLICE ARREST SUSPECT IN BRITISH TOURIST SHOOTING

Former RIO Governor Cabral Sentenced for Lava Jato

Yesterday Sergio Cabral, former Rio de Janeiro state Governor, was sentenced to more than 14 years in prison for his role in a Brazil corruption scheme dubbed as Lava Jato (Car Wash).  The investigation, which grew from a simple look into an accusation of money laundering, had led to the arrest of several other high ranking political figures as well.  Read on for the details:

FORMER RIO DE JANEIRO GOVERNOR SENTENCED TO 14 YEARS IN PRISON

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“They see death at every corner”

This is how Bezerra de Mello, founder of the Uere school in RIO, describes the consequence of the city’s drug wars on its children.  At this particular school, drills are held often in order to prepare children for the unfortunate inevitable: shootouts.

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Schools caught in crossfire in violent Rio de Janeiro slums

Police Robots a Routine Safety Measure

Despite large economic deficits, Rio de Janeiro’s bomb squad unit trumps similar units in South America.  Read on for more on how debt-stricken Rio has managed to build such an advanced defense system and why its routine use has sparked public outrage and ethical concerns.

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Rio de Janeiro’s police robot removes and detonates unexploded grenades that drug traffickers leave behind in their battles with the police and rival gangs.

RIO Considers a ‘Mugging Tax’ for Tourists

At a recent lunch event, RIO Mayor-elect Marcello Crivella expressed interest in creating a fund to compensate RIO tourists in the event of a mugging–funded by a tax on those very same tourists.  Mayor Crivella’s hope is to dispel RIO’s “negative image,” but read on to hear what tourism industry leaders have to say in response.

Brazil ‘to charge mugging tax’ to pay tourists back when they fall victim to crime

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