‘Quem morre na guerra contra as drogas não é o usuário: é o policial e o traficante’. A frase, dita pelo ex-chefe do Estado-Maior da PM, coronel Jorge da Silva, resume bem a ideia de um movimento que vem ganhando corpo entre os profissionais responsáveis por aplicar a lei no Brasil: a guerra contra as drogas está perdida.
The "pacification" of the favelas in this Brazilian city, aimed at driving out armed groups and fighting drug trafficking, has not yet become a fully effective public policy, says Eliana Sousa Silva, who has lived in one of Rio’s shantytowns for nearly 30 years. The pacification process begins when elite military police battalions are sent in to crack down on drug trafficking gangs. Once the drug mafias have been run out of the favela, permanent "Police Pacification Units" (UPPs) are installed to carry out community policing.