It’s So Violent in Rio de Janeiro There’s An App For Tracking Gun Fights


Gun violence is on the rise in Rio de Janeiro, with the sound of firefights echoing daily across Brazil’s seaside city as drug gangs battle each other and police officers patrolling the area. Now there’s an app that tracks in real-time how many gun battles there are and where they're occurring — based on eyewitness reports, media coverage, and police accounts. The “Fogo Cruzado” — or “Cross Fire” — application aims to let Rio’s citizens know where it’s dangerous to venture. Amnesty International, the creators of the app, say their focus is to get people out of the way of stray bullets.