In what was supposed to be a routine traffic stop turned into a horrific shootout when New Mexico police opened fire on a minivan full of children Oct. 28. Three police officers were video recorded violently responding to a female driver who was pulled over for speeding. Oriana Ferrell, 39, was driving the vehicle withe her five children inside when she attempted to evade police after being stopped.

From Colorlines:

 The second time she is pulled over the police officer opened the driver-side door and pulled her out, at which point her 14-year-old son got out and tried to defend her. After a scuffle between the first police officer on the scene, Ferrell, and her son, the officer then busted open a back window with his baton. When Ferrell sped off another officer fired three shots at the back of the van.

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Ferrell was indicted on Tuesday and faces charges of intentional abuse of a child, aggravated fleeing of a law officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Here son was arrested for battery.Ferrell’s lawyers says the woman sped off because she feared for her children’s safety. The state police is investigating the case.


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