The woman who was driving a van full of children when police opened fire on the vehicle has finally responded in relation to the incident. Oriana Farrell, 39, was pulled over for speeding on Oct. 28 near Taos, New Mexico. The situation escalated after an officer broke her car window with her five children in the vehicle. Farrell then hopped back into the vehicle, leading police on a high-speed chase which they opened fire on the vehicle.
Farrell and her older son were arrested in the incident.
In a hand-written jailhouse letter to the Taos News, Farrell said she was doing what she thought was best for her family. “A uniformed officer can shoot three bullets at my van and be considered to be ‘doing his job,’ but my doing what I can to get my own children away from such a terrifying individual has been termed ‘child abuse’ and ‘endangerment,’ according to New Mexico law,” she wrote.
After authorities released video footage captured from a police vehicle of the incident, the story garnered national attention.
Police arrested Farrell and her 14-year-old son after the chase. She faces charges of child abuse, fleeing and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia for two marijuana pipes found in her van. Farrell is currently out on bail and is scheduled to go on trial on April 21.
This is still a very strange case.
Should the police officers be charged with endangering the children?
Or should the blame solely be placed on the mother for fleeing the scene?
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