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Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 9:49 pm | Updated: 9:40 pm, Thu Nov 21, 2013.

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A woman at the center of a widely viewed police video of a New Mexico State Police traffic stop gone bad challenged the officers’ use of force in a jailhouse statement sent to The Taos News shortly after her arrest.

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  • Jackie Sanchez posted at 10:47 am on Wed, Dec 11, 2013.

    JS Posts: 4

    Then again carrying illegal substances............ that was her real reason to flee ...... that is what she isn't admitting to.............. do hope the justice sets her straight........ .1 week ago

    Oriana Farrell must be a crazy woman! what does she not understand about being pulled over by a police officer.............. One Must Stop!!!!!!! Anyone condoning her behavior must be just as crazy.................

  • Sabine Strohem posted at 9:35 am on Thu, Nov 28, 2013.

    Sabine_Strohem Posts: 118

    Yeah, I'm not really buying a word this woman says. I'm not excusing the officers without knowing more, but I don't believe this woman. Something is off.

  • Nick Heyward posted at 1:43 pm on Sat, Nov 23, 2013.

    Nick Heyward Posts: 5

    Well just because I think that "A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down." that doesn't mean I believe in flying nannies either. And you twist my words, I never said the dashcam told "the whole story". The point was, if you're able to read, is that her story ONLY, minus the video, would probably change people's opinions on this. As delighted as you obviously were to bring Kennedy up on the 50th anniv. it really has no bearing on this case or what I said.

    Didn't you read that I mostly analyzed the content of her letter and HOW she approaches telling her side of the story? She can't even weave in something a parent would usually say like "I've always taught my children to respect law enforcement." because that would directly contradict both her and her children's "alleged" actions on the video.

  • Donado Coviello posted at 7:10 am on Sat, Nov 23, 2013.

    Cove Posts: 336

    "There are none so blind as those who will not see." is from the Bible is it not?
    The well documented Kennedy killing was "before dashcams." Films, photos, sound recordings and hundreds of eye witnesses and we still don't know what really happened. Yet in this case with one dashcan video you are so sure you know what happen. That's my point.

  • Alfred Padilla posted at 8:52 pm on Fri, Nov 22, 2013.

    Xenoace32 Posts: 339

    Hey Coventry not running for Mayor this time out I see, but you still make me laugh!

  • Nick Heyward posted at 3:10 pm on Fri, Nov 22, 2013.

    Nick Heyward Posts: 5

    Was the "Christian propaganda" line aimed at me? Trust me I'm a far bigger fan of the real life Paul Simon than the fiction story-book character of Jesus Christ. I'm not quite sure what your point is but then again, I just looked over some of your other responses and see there probably wasn't one.

  • Donado Coviello posted at 12:27 pm on Fri, Nov 22, 2013.

    Cove Posts: 336

    "People see what they want to see and disregard the rest" ... I'll see your Christian propaganda and raise you Paul Simon.
    "Imagine life before dashcams" ... Imagine we had a film of a Presidental assassination then we would surely know who did it.

  • Nick Heyward posted at 11:37 am on Fri, Nov 22, 2013.

    Nick Heyward Posts: 5

    Incredible. As I watched this read last night one thing came to my mind, Master Manipulator. This is how psychopaths operate, they revise history to suit them. Note that she started off with mentioning shots fired and her five children (no mention of the tires), as if that was the beginning of the story. An incident like this sure sounds different when told in reverse order! Next she touts her resume of good deeds as if the officer knew all of this about her before stopping her.

    Then she never ONCE admits to any wrong-doing on her part, anywhere. She never mentions taking off from the officer twice, after being unable to decide which ticketing option to choose. She refers to her speeding as "alleged", no mention of her (tall) 14 year-old physically attacking a police officer. Seems like the "real her" lives in a life of denial and revisionist history. Imagine life before dashcams if we only had her side of the story to listen to!

    "There are none so blind as those who will not see."

  • Donado Coviello posted at 10:28 am on Fri, Nov 22, 2013.

    Cove Posts: 336

    Brother Francisco, Ambro is right in his analogy of this cop's mentality and morals compared to the lawless abuses of our military and "contract" killers that we use round the world. You say you are not a cop yourself so the only other possible occupation for you that I can glean from your comments might be 'Pope.' "Bless me Father for I have sinned, it has been two weeks since my last confession ... I swore three times. twice I had impure thoughts about a motorist I stopped and only once did I discharge my weapon toward a carload of children."[innocent]

  • Francisco Carbajal posted at 6:57 am on Fri, Nov 22, 2013.

    FranciscoCarbajal Posts: 219

    Mr. Ambrosini, sounds like your into this "Fallujah" University syndrome. I guess by the way your recent postings about this news story - that your clueless on what cops are required to be specialized trained for dealing with situations like this one. The Use of Force training that cops receive throughout the nations law enforcement academies have been tested with the passage of constitutional muster at every juncture of the judicial system. So, what is it that you do not understand about what they do? And no, cops are not trained to shoot at a car full of children in the United States, unless you have been watching to much MTV, SCIFI, or YOUTUBE videos and cannot comprehend the difference of what your looking at on whether it is real or not. [wink] Sounds like you might be experiencing some type of DSM-V disorder.

  • Gregorio Ambrosini posted at 7:18 pm on Thu, Nov 21, 2013.

    Ambro Posts: 38

    Still shooting at a car full of children is plain stupid. Makes them look like they graduated from Fallujah University.

  • Francisco Carbajal posted at 7:12 pm on Thu, Nov 21, 2013.

    FranciscoCarbajal Posts: 219

    Mr. Coviello, who are you? I don't know you and who cares! And no, I am not a cop, but I do understand and respect the State of NM uniform traffic laws as well as other states that I happen to be visiting. Lastly, this chit has nothing to do with "what could you possibly know about mothering?," either! This traffic violator broke the traffic laws of this state and she got more than a ticket, because she decided to break the law at her own choice, period! Now, she claiming that she was protecting her children from danger, because she was a black and single mother being taken advantage by the NMSP. What kind of b.s. is this? And no, Mr. Coviello, it is not a "presumption of guilt" like you claim it is. In the final outcome of this criminal case, the D.A.'s office will make the final determination to ascertain if the Use of Deadly Force was applicable or not. And the same people like yourself will still hate cops similar to a baby who cries for drinking spoiled milk and has a rash that wouldn't go away no matter on how much powder you put on it. If anyone is "freakin" in this situation, I think you fit the "freakin" label without a doubt. [beam]

  • oscar michael posted at 3:43 pm on Thu, Nov 21, 2013.

    oscar mike Posts: 142

    Of course, the best way to protect your kids is to flee from and not cooperate with police! Then I always drive at speeds of over 100mph and weave through traffic when I feel my children are in danger! Maybe she was hoping for enough distance between her and the cops so she could discard her pipe? While the police escalated the situation to an extreme, it was your actions that compounded the problem. You put your children in a situation where they could have been killed. Child abuse at the very least...

  • Donado Coviello posted at 2:04 pm on Thu, Nov 21, 2013.

    Cove Posts: 336

    Yes I watched as she logically and sanely pulled into a motel (where her kids might be safe) and calmly give herself up to the maniacs who were shooting at her kids. I presume that cops are educated and trained well enough to handle a little bit of "disassociation" without firing his weapon or terrifying kids ... maybe not.

  • Steve Salazar posted at 11:51 am on Thu, Nov 21, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 869

    I believe that many people think that by signing the ticket, they are admitting guilt. Why should a person have to sign the thing? Why should a person have to decide, right now, whether to pay the fine or go to court?

    Change the ticket so that if a signature is really required, to read, received by:__________________, and that's it. The person can make up their own mind, taking their sweet time, whether to pay the fine or go to court.

  • Becca Pearson posted at 11:51 am on Thu, Nov 21, 2013.

    GentleSoulsSanctuary Posts: 2

    Donado, just curious, did you watch the unedited video?...because pretty much ANYone would see this woman was acting insane before the cops ever did. That does not excuse their behavior after she ran away at all in my eyes, but it seems to be you could not possibly have viewed the long video where the officer is totally professional for a LONG time despite her totally illogical, combative behavior that put her children in a dangerous situation. I wonder if she understands that all of it is on tape...her letter shows she has a pattern of disassociation.

  • Donado Coviello posted at 11:30 am on Thu, Nov 21, 2013.

    Cove Posts: 336

    I actually like most cops better than the bleeding-heart poofy liberal crowd here in Santa Fe. I don't own a gun nor do I support gun control.
    But anyone who uses a gun the way this cop did has to be considered weak and inferior. I also have to say I speed and hate paying money when caught. Honestly, I fear cops. I fear the mind control that pushes that fear.

  • Donado Coviello posted at 10:47 am on Thu, Nov 21, 2013.

    Cove Posts: 336

    No "weed" mentioned mentioned in the story Vinny. And I don't see no "mattress" on her roof. I'm surprised that you didn't imagine Lil' Wayne music coming from her car

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 10:06 am on Thu, Nov 21, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    When the cops give you a ticket you have two choices. You can check the "guilty" box and sign the ticket, in which case you will have to mail in a check to pay the fine. Or you can check the "not guilty" box, sign the ticket, and then you can go to court and plead your case in front of a judge at a later date. What's so difficult about that? If you know you were speeding and just want the encounter with law enforcement to end, just sign off on "guilty" and mail in a check later, no biggie, no gunfight.

    This whole incident is just strange. Poor decision making all around.

  • mark mocha posted at 9:52 am on Thu, Nov 21, 2013.

    brnfre47 Posts: 210

    In trying to protect her family (not really buying that but i'll play along) this woman created a very dangerous situation forcing the police to act the way they did. The police were acting professionally right up to when this woman decided to get in her car and drive away. Everything that happened afterwards can be attributed to this one insane act. And she did this with children in the car???? Talk about endangering the welfare of a child. She obviously over-reacted in the worst way but did the police? Hard to say. As far as they were concerned a person disregarded their direct orders and was fleeing in a 4,000 lb. weapon. Maybe the police need a little extra training for situations like these but this woman needs real consequences for her dangerous and illegal actions.

  • Steve Salazar posted at 9:07 am on Thu, Nov 21, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 869

    The race card is being played.

  • Donado Coviello posted at 8:04 am on Thu, Nov 21, 2013.

    Cove Posts: 336

    Not all cops or soldiers are good. Some cops are dirty and some soldiers are murders. All cops are not honest and all soldiers are not brave. There are cops and soldiers that are racist, women hating cowards and think that since they are allowed to carry a gun they can do anything they want.

  • Donado Coviello posted at 7:54 am on Thu, Nov 21, 2013.

    Cove Posts: 336

    Presumption of guilt? You sound like a cop yourself ..."adhering to the State of NM uniform traffic laws." Who freakin' talks that way and what could you possibly know about mothering?

  • Francisco Carbajal posted at 7:13 am on Thu, Nov 21, 2013.

    FranciscoCarbajal Posts: 219

    Here we go again using the "I'm a mother trying to protect my children from harm" argument. In this case, this is a poor excuse and does not have any legal merit due to the seriousness of the criminal charges against her. In the first place, if she would of been adhering to the State of NM uniform traffic laws legally, she wouldn't of been stopped by the NMSP. If she would of just "compliance-driven" accepted the verbal commands of the NMSP in the first place, this incident would of not occurred. If she would of, if she would of, etc., but she didn't do neither and look what her actions of not following the law occurred. Again, she should stop blaming the NMSP for what happened in the first place and accept the consequences in the legal system. By breaking the traffic laws in our state, her direct participation in speeding along our highways did put herself, children, the general public, and the NMSP in danger. BTW, speeding violations do maimed, seriously injured, and kill on our highways daily. [sad]

  • Donado Coviello posted at 6:55 am on Thu, Nov 21, 2013.

    Cove Posts: 336

    Maybe you should use your full name when you post racist comments.


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