Viewers Voice: Officer shoots at minivan full of kids
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CREATED Nov. 18, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Viewers have been reacting to dash cam video that shows an officer shooting at a minivan full of children.
Oriana Ferrell was pulled over for speeding in Taos, New Mexico. It started as a typical and calm traffic stop but as the officer steps away from the minivan full of five children, one as young as six, Ferrell takes off. The officer eventually gets her to pull over again.
After some arguing, Ferrell's 14-year-old son gets out to defend his mom and rushed the officer eventually leading to a dramatic turn of events.
The officer smashed the passenger window and a back-up officer arrived on scene and fired shots as Ferrell pulled away again.
After seeing the video, Lindsay called in saying the officers were out of line. "What is this world coming to? Oh my goodness, these officers have way too much authority and power," said Lindsay.
"I think this mom was just scared for her life. The police should have just given her a ticket and just left," said Lisa from Lehigh Acres.
Ferrell pulled over at a nearby hotel ending the chase but John from Fort Myers defends the mother's actions.
"I think it's very wrong for the police to fire shots at a minivan filled with kids and a female. I don't think it was that drastic."
Rick from Punta Gorda sees the video differently and said the officers did what they had to do.
"I think they should throw that woman in jail and throw her 14-year-old son in there with her," said Rick.
Both mom and son were arrested. The mother was charged with child abuse, fleeing from police and a misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia. The 14-year-old was charged with battery of an officer.