Seven More Die In Rio Drug Violence

"Rio de Janeiro police kill seven suspected drug traffickers, raising the death toll from violence to 33 since bloody shootouts started during the weekend. Three suspects were killed after they opened fire on police who were searching a slum in the citys north for gang members linked to shooting down a police helicopter on Saturday, police said. Another four were killed in separate operations in the citys wealthier southern zone, police said. State authorities have mobilized several thousand police to secure the city and search for drug traffickers who caused the helicopter to crash, killing three police officers. Twenty-seven suspected gang members and three residents caught in cross-fire between gangs have been killed since Saturday in violence that has tarnished Rios image only a few weeks after it was awarded the 2016 Olympics. Rios police often respond brutally to drug gangs, wounding and killing innocent residents as a result of tactics that have been consistently condem