A mother and her five kids on an educational trip to the Rio Grande were shot at multiple times and had the windows of their minivan bashed out by several cops after a mild confrontation about a speeding ticket turned into the moving violation stop from hell. It starts off wth a simple disagreement between mom Oriana Ferrell and the cop who pulled her over as to whether she wanted to pay the $126 ticket or contest it in court. That simple disagreement nearly took the life of Oriana and her five young children.
After having words with the officer, the cop says he will be right back and heads to his vehicle. To his shock, the mom simply gets in her SUV and drives away.
The cop chases her down and pulls her over again. This time, he's pissed. "Get out of the vehicle!" he yells while physically trying to pull her out while her five kids scream hysterically.
Her 14-year-old son gets out and thinks about confronting the cop, but when he sees a taser, he heads back inside. "You see my children. I'm not doing anything wrong. I'm just trying to take them to the Rio Grande," the mom sobs. But clearly she doesn't want to pay a ticket, either.
The mom finally gets out of the car to talk, but when the cop asks her to turn around (possibly to arrest her) she bolts back into the minivan again. The cop comes after her and they struggle as the children scream in terror.
The 14-year-old boy finally gets out and decides to defend his mom. He rushes the cop -- and he's fucking lucky he didn't get shot. Other kids get out of the car and start screaming. What the hell kind of danger is this mom putting her kids in???
The mom and the kids all manage to get back into the minivan -- and then back up arrives. The cop smashes the window in with a baton and the piercing screams of the children will break your heart. The mom drives off -- at this point I don't really blame her. The cops are acting insane.
Now another cop shoots repeatedly at the car!!
The mom then takes the police on a wild ride in which she could have smashed into several cars as she ran right into wrong-way traffic!!
She finally pulls into a hotel driveway, and she and her son are arrested.
What. The. Fuck.
Did the cops overreact? Yes. Did the mom? Yes.
The police, however, would have had no idea why the mom was resisting arrest. Did she just really not want to get a ticket or did she have a dead body in the car? Had she just committed some horrible crime? Were the kids even hers?? When you're a cop, you watch for people who act suspicious when they're pulled over for random minor violations. You don't know WHY they're acting suspicious but it could be for any reason.
And she sure as hell was acting suspicious.
But let's look at the woman. Could there be a legitimate reason why she didn't want to stay near the cop? As an African-American woman, had she or her family had bad experiences? Was she just simply frightened? Or is this just one hell of a self-entitled woman who didn't feel that tickets and cops' orders were for her?
Did cops really need to shoot at the van full of kids? After all, they couldn't help that their mom was acting nutty. I sure as hell wouldn't have wanted to have been shot at every time my mom did something weird when I was a kid.
The officers are being investigated. And someone sure as hell needs to get to this mom and find out what the blazes she was thinking putting all of her kids in danger.
Would anyone be surprised to know this happened in New Mexico -- the home of the crazy-ass police stop?
Check out the video. Who is in the wrong here?
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