>> Months after Brazil's president Michel Temer deployed 30,000 troops to Rio de Janeiro to control soaring crime and violence, the city's drug gangs are still as powerful as ever. In a rare visit, Reuters reporter Brad Brooks spent three days and nights with Rio's two most influential drug gangs who say the recent military intervention is just a temporary inconvenience.
>> What leaders of both the Red Command and the Pure Third Command told me is that they simply put on a little show for the army in their words. They put away their assault rifles. They operate in a slightly more low-key manner, and they just go about their business, which is selling drugs, and they do not slow down.
>> The two main gangs hail from an other defacto rulers of many of Rio's roughly 1,000 favelas. They not only control the drug trade, but they have enough power to order businesses and schools to shut down at their will. Reporter Brad Brooks found the gangs heavily armed and not afraid of the police.
>> What we saw were just very typical scenes of a gang dominated slum and that is young teenage up to early 20's foot soldiers carrying AR-15 assault rifles. Everyone affiliated with a gang has a glock nine millimeter strapped to their waist. What that tells me, because I've reported from Rio Dejanaro slums often in the last ten years, is that they have found a way to upgrade their equipment if you will.
While Rio Dejanero's police force is still using old, outdated, and at times, defective equipment.>> That's not the only reason favela dwellers have a hard time placing their trust in the police, criticized by residents for being too aggressive. In March, a police operation in Rio's largest slum left eight dead.
Police insisted the victims were drug traffickers, while their families maintain their innocence. Now, even with the military in charge for 10 more months, not many are hopeful that real cycle of violence can be broken.