Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Friday defended releasing the son of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, whom police let go throughout a shootout with drug gangs. 

Lopez Obrador mentioned 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 fireplace throughout town, sparking widespread gunbattles. 

Mexican Protection Minister Luis Cresencio Sandoval advised a information convention in Culiacan on Friday that the operation had not been deliberate correctly. 

“It was done hastily, the consequences were not considered, the riskiest part wasn’t taken into account,” he mentioned. 

‘Failure’

Safety Minister Alfonso Durazo, who additionally addressed the information convention, known as the operation a “failure.” 

Mexican safety forces have been criticized for releasing Guzman, giving the impression that town is below the management of the drug cartel. 

Lopez Obrador insisted Friday that his safety technique for the nation was working, saying, “We’re doing rather well in our technique.” He took workplace in December promising a much less confrontational strategy to preventing gangs that focuses extra on tackling social ills as an alternative of using power. 

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 Guzman is serving a life sentence in the US after being convicted in February of drug trafficking. He had beforehand escaped from jail in Mexico twice, in 2001 and 2015. 

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