A Memphis, Tennessee mom and vlogger, who describes herself as a parenting advocate, recently got into a heated scuffle with officers following a routine traffic stop. It ended with an officer firing several rounds of gunfire into Oriana Ferrell’s minivan full of her 5 children who Ferrell said she was taking on an educational family trip to see the Rio Grande from Tennessee where the family lives.
She was pulled over for driving 71 miles per hour on the 55 miles per hour highway, something that is common among many interstate highway drivers can attest to.
In a now-viral dashboard camera video, Ferrell is seen driving off and away from police officer.
Apparently, she had just received her citation but, according to the issuing officer, she said she would not pay the fine or return to the magistrate. He followed her after she left and pulled her over a second time.
That is when she denied running away from the officers. Perhaps she assumed after getting the citation, she was free to leave.
That officer is then seen asking her to get out of the car. She agrees, then there is a scuffle and a verbal spat. Her children locked themselves in the car and when the officer couldn’t open up the door, he proceeded to bash in the back windows. At that point, she perhaps got frightened for her children’s safety and lives and took off.
The officer had to have known children were seated in the backseat. After the first stop, Ferrell is heard saying she is just trying to take her children to the national park. The kids could have gotten injured from shattering class, thus why Ferrell fled the scene.
After the second stop, her 14-year old son tried to come to his mom’s rescue when the encounter turned physical and he too ended up getting caught up into a scuffle with the officers.
She was eventually charged with drug paraphernalia possession. Officers also slapped her with child endangerment charges for putting her children ages 6- in harm’s way when she drove off violently from police and for fleeing an officer. Her son was also charged with battery.
The young man was trying to protect his mom, though should have known better than to attack and officer and Ferrell clearly was nervous about the police discovering the drug paraphernalia in her car, perhaps explaining why she panicked and tried to escape both times.
Despite her poor judgment and many mistakes during this October 28 incident, it’s hard to not fault the officers for taking an excessive response to the situation.
It’s hard to believe the second officer on the scene was not aware of who was in the car and should have known that he could have killed any of the innocent kids who would not have deserved to die over mistakes their mom made.
I would hope that his disregard for the kids had to do with the fact the officer is a rookie and not that he didn’t value the lives of those particular children to the point that he felt it appropriate to shoot at them over a routine traffic stop.
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