Updated 08:50 PM EDT, Wed, Oct 21, 2020

Cartel Hitmen Execute Civilian in Broad Daylight, Mexican Police Run Away Helpless

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A shocking viral video of six armed Mexican federal police retreating from the Sinaloan town when it became apparent that they were outnumbered by a Mexican criminal gang on a shooting rampage has surfaced. The armed criminals executed a businessman in front of his family in broad daylight. This latest incident is bound to be another strong blow to the Mexican government, who is trying to keep up efforts to maintain peace and order in the country.

In a report with Fox News Latino, the businessman was identified as Elias Constantino. He was dragged out of his family home in Cristo Rey, Sinaloa. A distress call was made, but when the six armed policemen arrived at the scene, they realized that they were outnumbered.

Instead of attempting to help the victim and his family, the cops began to run away from the scene. A desperate woman's voice can be heard in the background telling her companions to "puncture the tires." Constantino's family tried to stop the police from fleeing in their municipal police car. However, it was too late, as the police team had already fled in their car.

The family could only watch helplessly as Constantino was dragged to the street, where shots are heard. The website said that a black vehicle can be seen leaving a few seconds later. As expected, the incident drew outrage as many citizens feared for their own safety once the video went viral.

The Mexican drug gangs are a thorn in President Enrique Pena Nieto's side. Since his rise to power, Pena Nieto has vowed to raise security efforts in the country. However, Newsweek said that Pena Nieto has failed to establish a clear strategy against organized crime in his six-year term.

He has prioritized economic reforms during his term but has only begun efforts on the country's security. The capture and recapture of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman became a source of embarrassment for the country, as Pena Nieto tries to establish a clear-cut plan for imposing the rule of law on organized crime.

Violence and organized crime have become more commonplace in Mexico. The war on narcoterrorism must be given a clear plan -- and soon.

Constantino's body was later found dumped on the Mazatlán-Durango highway. No clear motives have been given behind his execution. The officers, composed of four state police officers and two municipal officers, have given their reasons for their fleeing town, telling investigators that they were "outnumbered."

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