I recently came across photographer Jorge Campos’s work over here and stumbled onto his project Paz de Cao. The city of Rio De Janero in Brazil’s equivalent of a SWAT team known as “BOPE” has a ruthless reputation for exterminating crime in it’s many slums, or “favelas”, at what ever costs. They’ve been involved in numerous large scale operations which remove hundreds of criminals from large gangs in the favelas in a matter of days, but at the same time have come under fire from the UN for their disregard for civilian casualties.
Here Campos stacks up images of every day life in the Favelas against shots of BOPE at work. The message is very blunt when we’re given an image of a man holding an m16 watching a bulldozer charge down a street followed by an armored truck, and are then given a quiet image of children waiting in line to use a trampoline atop a hill in one of the favelas.