Brazil sends troops to tackle Rio security crisis

RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil Defense Minister Raul Jungmann has said federal troops will be shipped to Rio de Janeiro state to help local police tackle a serious public security crisis.

“We are activating a joint command with the armed forces to support an integrated security plan which will involve all federal and state police forces,” the minister told the local media on Friday.

The troops will remain in Rio state at least through the rest of the year and the joint operation will be funded by the defense budget.

Criminal activity is on the rise in Rio state. Shootings are commonplace in many neighborhoods, killing 90 police officers so far this year.