Investigators in Rio de Janeiro have arrested 63 police officers and 11 alleged drug traffickers after a year-long bribery probe and on-going efforts to stamp out police corruption ahead of the World Cup in 2014 and Summer Olympics in 2016.
“We can no longer accept the humiliation of deviant conduct practiced by a few,” Erir Ribeiro, commander of the police force, said on Tuesday.
Dubbed “Operation Purification”, the probe and arrests reflect efforts to curb unruly elements of a police force with ties to the criminals they are supposed to pursue.
“It’s important that we cut into our own flesh so the institution can earn legitimacy,” Mariano Beltrame, Rio’s state security secretary, said.
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