Dirty cops

This morning, Brazilian Federal Police launched raids to capture at least 45 Rio de Janeiro police officers accused of working with drug traffickers. According to the story in OGlobo, some officers are accused of receiving monthly bribes of up to $60,000 in exchange for tipping off drug traffickers about impending police raids. Others are charged with robbing traffickers instead of arresting them. And in what the newspaper calls one of the most grievous leaks, a 2009 raid to capture a high-ranking trafficker failed because an officer described as the "right arm" of the Civil Police chief warned the target.