Rio's military police commander steps down amid corruption scandal
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Rio's military police commander steps down amid corruption scandal

The commander of Brazilian military police in Rio de Janeiro state has stepped down amid allegations that officers were taking bribes to ignore drug trafficking and other crimes.

State security chief Jose Beltrame replaced Col. Jose Luis Castro Menezes with Col. Alberto Pinheiro on Friday.

Pedro Dantas of the Public Safety Department says Menezes has not been charged with any wrongdoing and that his replacement is due to changes being introduced in the police department. He did not provide further details.

Twenty-four policemen have been arrested in the alleged bribery scheme.

Associated Press