Xico Vargas, a writer for the web site no minimo, suggests (in Portuguese) that the recent police raid and shootout with drug dealers in Rocinha was a charade. Citing the plethora of equipment, including armored cars, motorcycles, helicopters, not to mention 1,000 police on foot, he claims that if the authorities were serious about capturing the drug lord known as Bem-Te-Vi they would have. Indeed, he says, Bem-Te-Vi and his partner Soul were drinking whiskey and beer in the Valao (a neighborhood of Rocinha) while the police made sure to have their shootout "a secure distance away." He calls the police action "a grand choreography" staged for the newspapers and TV cameras.
(Thanks to Gabriel Ponce de Leon, who is always hip to all interpretations, for sending me this clip.)