By Marlon Brock
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from Police State USA.
Officer Elias Montoya opens fire on the minivan filled with a woman and 5 children suspected of speeding. (Source: New Mexico State Police)
TAOS, NM — A Tennessee family on vacation in New Mexico ended up being shot at by by state troopers after a vehicular moving violation went awry. What’s more, the trooper who opened fire on them is facing no charges, and has many supporters demanding he be put back on the streets with a badge and a gun.
Oriana Farrell, 39, of Memphis, is a single mother who was hauling her five children (ages 6-16) through the American southwest on a family road-trip. The trip was intended to be an educational experience for her children whom were home-schooled.
On October 28, 2013, on a desert highway 1,200 miles from home, the family minivan drew the attention of the New Mexico State Police. Troopers had determined that her minivan had been traveling too fast and pulled the vehicle over to give her a speeding ticket.
Officer Tony DeTavis gave Ms. Farrell a fine for her driving, and told her that she could either pay the ticket or return to Taos — suspending the road trip — to contest it before a judge. After he returned to his vehicle, Farrell abruptly drove away.
The State Police proceeded to speed after her, following a policy of initiating pursuit no matter how trivial the offense. Farrell again stopped the minivan for police. One of the officers started shouting at Ms. Farrell to get out of her vehicle. She complied and exited the vehicle, but when an officer attempted to grab her, Farrell’s 14-year-old son instinctively got out and attempted to defend his mother.
After a short altercation with the officer, the boy and Ms. Farrell got back into the van.
Another officer arrived on scene and began smashing a passenger side window with his baton, shattering glass all over the children. The van then began to speed away and another officer — identified as Officer Elias Montoya — drew his pistol and started firing shots at the back of the van.
Farrell and her juvenile son were arrested without incident when they arrived at the Hotel Don Fernando. The boy was later released …read more