Editor’s note: Oriana Farrell of Tennessee submitted a handwritten op-ed piece shortly after her Oct. 28 arrest via an acquaintance. The Taos News does not publish op-ed pieces on open legal cases. But given the national attention focused on her case, in which a state police officer shot at her vehicle as she fled a traffic stop, we have decide to publish it unedited.
After witnessing uniformed police officers fire shots at a van carrying my five children, I have learned that the value of their lives only matters so much as criminal charges against me are concerned. 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.