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Five O That's the law

Gabriele Micalizzi

2019 - Ongoing

The last project by Gabriele Micalizzi comes from a work on counter-terrorism and security in Milan. Photojournalist active in conflict zones, but originally from Milan, he decided to investigate the two faces of his home town: Milan is not only the European city of the future, of fashion, skyscrapers and aperitifs on the Navigli canals. Milan has a dark side, at the edges and underground – a dark side that is taking over the city, slowly, from the suburbs to the center, out in the open, in the sunlight. The idea also stems from the fact that Milan, as an European city, is in fact a possible target for terrorism, and from the fact that it has a consistent tradition and history of crime.

Gabriele aimed to investigate how his city is trying to prevent and combat, in addition to daily crime, the case of a terrorist attack. This project comes after the one realized in the now famous "Rogoredo grove", one of the most extensive drug market squares in Milan, managed by the ‘ndrangheta. Rogoredo is the nearest southern suburb, and what happens in the grove is becoming a social problem that plagues the whole city and runs from the suburbs to the center, passing through the open veins of Milan, along the train lines, trams and subways that lead from the rusty periphery to the center, bright and clean, exhibited in the window, ready for sale. The project goes on thanks to a collaboration with the homicide section, after a first phase of fieldwork with the radiocar, the front line intervention unit that faces every day from petty crime to organized crime.

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  • Italy, Milan.Rogoredo 06/09/2019.

    A police car patroling the Rogoredo area's.

    In 2019 Milan was confirmed as the capital of the crime, with 7,017 crime reports per 100.000 residents. Delinquency rate is particularly high in suburbs, mostly due to a lack of control by the authorities.

    Rogoredo is one of the most extensive drug market squares in Milan, managed by the 'Ndrangheta.
    Rogoredo is the nearest southern suburb, and what happens in the grove is becoming a social problem that plagues the whole city and runs from the suburbs to the center.
    It is a nerve point as the railway station, the underground line and the ring road leading to the highway cross there.

  • Italy, Milan. 01/10/2019.

    The Crime Investigation Unit is cataloguing some findings like balaclavas used by some robbers and found in the car used for the escape.

    In 2019 Milan was confirmed as the capital of the crime, with 7,017 crime reports per 100.000 residents. Delinquency rate is particularly high in suburbs, mostly due to a lack of control by the authorities.

  • Italy, Milan, San Siro area. 08/09/2019.

    Break-in attempt in an occupied house.

    In 2019 Milan was confirmed as the capital of the crime, with 7,017 crime reports per 100.000 residents. Delinquency rate is particularly high in suburbs, mostly due to a lack of control by the authorities. The racket behind the occupation is controlled and managed by a group of people mainly from the North-Africa region.

  • Italy, Milan, Central Station area. 17/08/2019.

    A migrant is sleeping illegaly at the entrance of a cafe near the station.

    This is a nerve point as all migrants coming from North Africa and from the Balkan route heading to Northern Europe stop here at a certain point.

    In 2019 Milan was confirmed as the capital of the crime, with 7,017 crime reports per 100.000 residents. Delinquency rate is particularly high in suburbs, mostly due to a lack of control by the authorities.

  • Italy, Milan, Corvetto. 19/08/2019.


    In 2019 Milan was confirmed as the capital of the crime, with 7,017 crime reports per 100.000 residents. Delinquency rate is particularly high in suburbs, mostly due to a lack of control by the authorities.

    Rogoredo is one of the most extensive drug market squares in Milan, managed by the 'Ndrangheta.
    Rogoredo is the nearest southern suburb, and what happens in the grove is becoming a social problem that plagues the whole city and runs from the suburbs to the center.

  • Italy, Milan, San Siro area. 05/08/2019.

    Chase in a building where there are illegally occupied apartments.

    In 2019 Milan was confirmed as the capital of the crime, with 7,017 crime reports per 100.000 residents. Delinquency rate is particularly high in suburbs, mostly due to a lack of control by the authorities.

  • Italy, Milan. 06/09/2019.

    A man who was provoking self-inflicted cuts on public transport has been arrested and identified.


    In 2019 Milan was confirmed as the capital of the crime, with 7,017 crime reports per 100.000 residents. Delinquency rate is particularly high in suburbs, mostly due to a lack of control by the authorities.

  • Italy, Milan. 07/08/2019.
    Rogoredo area.

    A man on drugs is laying on the street, unconscious.

    In 2019 Milan was confirmed as the capital of the crime, with 7,017 crime reports per 100.000 residents. Delinquency rate is particularly high in suburbs, mostly due to a lack of control by the authorities.

    Rogoredo is one of the most extensive drug market squares in Milan, managed by the 'Ndrangheta.
    Rogoredo is the nearest southern suburb, and what happens in the grove is becoming a social problem that plagues the whole city and runs from the suburbs to the center.
    It is a nerve point as the railway station, the underground line and the ring road leading to the highway cross there.

  • Italy, Milan. 19/08/2019.

    A Central African guy is being arrested for attacking two Egyptian boys by threatening them with a broken bottle.

    In 2019 Milan was confirmed as the capital of the crime, with 7,017 crime reports per 100.000 residents. Delinquency rate is particularly high in suburbs, mostly due to a lack of control by the authorities.

  • Milan.Italy.Rogoredo.
    07/08/2019.


    A man on drugs is unconscouis, after the injection, underarrest by the police after buyng heroin at Rogoredo drugs market coltrolled by the andrangheta mafia.


    In 2019 Milan was confirmed as the capital of the crime, with 7,017 crime reports per 100.000 residents. Delinquency rate is particularly high in suburbs, mostly due to a lack of control by the authorities.

    Rogoredo is one of the most extensive drug market squares in Milan, managed by


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