Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obradoron Friday defendedfreeingthe son ofdrug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, whompolice let go throughout a shootout with drug gangs.
Lopez Obrador stated police “did well” to free Ovidio Guzman,contending that “capturing a criminal can’t be worth more than people’s lives.”
Police briefly captured Guzman late Thursday however launched him when cartel gunmen within the northwestern Mexican metropolis of Culiacan surrounded authorities and opened hearth throughout town, sparking widespreadgunbattles.
Mexican Protection Minister Luis Cresencio Sandoval informed a information convention in CuliacanonFriday that the operation had not been deliberate correctly.
“It was done hastily, the consequences were not considered, the riskiest part wasn’ttaken into account,” he stated.
Safety Minister Alfonso Durazo, who additionally addressed the information convention, referred to as the operation a “failure.”
Mexican safety forces havebeen criticizedfor releasing Guzman, giving the impression that town is below the management of the drug cartel.
Lopez Obrador insisted Fridaythat his safety technique for the countrywas working, saying,”We’re doing very well in our technique.He took workplace in December promising a much less confrontational strategy to combating gangs that focuses extra on tackling social ills as a substitute of using pressure.
Video footage posted on social media from Thursday’s violence confirmed panicked residents feeling gunshots. The violence additionally led to a big group of inmates on the metropolis jail rioting and escaping from the constructing.
The elder Guzmanis serving a life sentence in the USA after being convicted in February of drug trafficking. He had beforehand escaped from jail in Mexico twice, in 2001 and 2015.