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article imageOp-Ed: NM State Police action against Oriana Ferrell was justified

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By Stan Rezaee     Nov 19, 2013 in Crime
Taos - A video has surfaced regarding what started as a routine traffic stop that turned into a hostile confrontation between Oriana Ferrell and her 14 -year old son against officers of the New Mexico State Police.
During the ordeal; Ferrell attempts to flee the scene multiple times and resists arrest while endangering the lives of her children. This confrontation could have all been avoided had Ferrell just complied with the officer instructions and apologized for speeding while accepting full responsibility (like a normal person).
In the end this is a classic example of how a mundane moment could escalate into a hostile confrontation just by failing to use common sense. Oh how some people need to learn from Chris Rock.
Yet a lot of the attention has been focused on the few seconds were one of the officers tried to shootout the tire of the minivan as it fled the scene. The majority of articles that report on the event focus on that trivial moment while burying away what lead to the confrontation or how she resisted arrest.
Its agreed that the officer should not have drawn his gun but that pales to how recklessly Ferrell fled the scene the second time.
As obvious most people who have been outrage at how the New Mexico State Police handled the situation probably just read the tittle "Cops Shoot At Minivan Full of Kids" then proceed to the comment section to vent their outrage.
These criticism come from a position of hindsight by those who have no understanding of the daily ordeals a police officer goes through. It looks like it was unnecessary after the facts but the officers have to act on how the situation is presented while keeping unknown factors into consideration.
Of course there will always be those social activists that are also anti-law enforcement who will cry about the "police brutality" while making tasteless comparisons with the Gestapo. These idiots always think they have a right to act hostile towards a police officer and then they are surprised when they are suspected of being involved in some criminal activity.
Critics and activists need to stop crying “police brutality" and just look into the issue form a perspective that involves common sense rather then a quick outrage.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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