I participate in another forum about the special operations police of Rio de Janeiro.
They are the one who face the paramilitarily organized drug traffic on the hills of Rio.
The drug traffic, like terrorists, hide amongst civil houses in the crowded slums of Rio, employ heavily armed children, count with support of their powerful allies in the politics. Most of them, when captured are eventually released and take revenge on the family of the police agents or their friends.
One must remember that the drug traffic in Rio is allied with the FARCs and thus have access to both paramilitary weapons and training. Not only they have AK-47s, AR-15s, grenades, but even earth-air rockets have been found among them. The drug traffic is also renknown for its cruelty. They have "trials" and some of the condemnations include being burnt alive inside a pile of car tyres, beheading, rape, etc. They also like to have "harems" of sexual slaves, which some girls, unfortunately, dream of participating just be under the wing of the "powerful man" of the slum. Most, though, are forced into it.
I am painting this picture because I want the person who might answer with a clear understanding of what the police in Rio faces. With salaries that are around 500 dollars they put their lifes at risk every day in an actual urban warfare. Truly, the police in Rio is the only police in a country "in peace" that has urban guerrilla training and has to employ war weaponry.
Well, someone in the forum where many of these men participate has boldly accused them of commiting sin for killing and rather disrespectifully stated all those policemen are going to hell.
I would like to reply something about this particular issue. Being from Rio myself, I feel very strongly about this and although I am not unaware of the abuses the police commits, I cannot but see that these abuses are the rule for the criminals, whilst the exception for the police. I don't see how they could *not* kill in an urban guerrilla environment.
The issues related, thus, are:
- Killing in war;
- Killing criminals in action;
- Sometimes killing criminals not in action because they have been repeatdly released and are organizing revenge against the soldiers;
and how a Christian police agent in that context should live as to still be saved and in the Mercy of God. I know that probably none of them is Orthodox, but still, I would like to say something better than 'you are all going to hell for putting yourselves between us and the criminals'.
Edited by Fabio Lins, 02 February 2009 - 09:50 PM.