New Mexico Cop Who Shot at Minivan Full of Children Appeals His Firing

respect his authoritahdashcamLast month, a cop in New Mexico shot at a minivan full of children when the driver, Oriana Farrell, tried to pull away a second time after being stopped for going 71 in a 55. Dascham video shows an officer trying to smash the passenger side window before Farrell drove away the second time. Police said they were trying to shoot out the minivan’s tires, but as Jess Remington noted then, police experts don’t consider that a safe practice. Police eventually arrested Farrell, charging her with fleeing an officer, child abuse, and possession of drug paraphernalia (two marijuana pipes were allegedly found in the minivan). Her attorney has claimed Farrell drove away fearing for the safety of her children in the presence of police, and that if anyone ought to be charged with child abuse it should be the officer who shot.

Now, after a disciplinary hearing, that officer, Elias Montoya, has been fired, a decision made by the state’s police chief, who said the “buck stops” with him. But, because he’s a public sector employee with public union privileges, Montoya is appealing that decision. His attorneys provided no comment to the AP on the merits of the case, only that they intended to appeal on their client’s behalf. And being afforded that privilege, why wouldn’t he?

h/t to sarcasmic, who pointed this out in my earlier post about a sexually inappropriate middle school teacher it’s taken too long to fire thanks to generous privileges afforded public sector employees.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Montoya should move to the Big Apple. The NYPD knows that it is the driver of the vehicle, not the law enforcement professional, who is to blame for the gun discharging in the specific direction of children.

  • mr simple||

    Cheif: So I have to fire you to keep up appearances, but don't worry, the union will make sure you'll be back on the job with full back pay in no time.

  • Pelosi's Rabbit||

    I don't really blame the guy for appealing, any more than I would an actual murderer appealing his conviction.

    That said, he's still a dick and should face criminal charges.

  • Dweebston||

    That name.

    I need brain bleach.

  • ||

    h/t to sarcasmic

    been awhile since i have seen one of these...i forget what we are supposed to do.

    Pick on sarcastic? Praise him? complain about the hat tips we should have gotten in the past?

  • playa manhattan||

    The last one.

  • db||

    Hat tips flow like mountain streams in springtime when the Reason Webathon is in effect.

  • BuSab Agent||

    I thought people who received a hat tip were bumped to the head of Warty's Dungeon Fun list.

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

    In honor of Sarcasmic...

    Pron for John!

  • Aloysious||

    Where, oh where, is the warning about camel-toe? Huh? This has been seared, seared I say, into my memory.

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

    The warning was, "pron for John."

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Those whom the gods would destroy, they first hat tip.

  • ||

    +1 insane asylum

  • ||

    "Police said they were trying to shoot out the minivan’s tires," Yet, no word on where the bullet holes actually are.

    Earlier I heard a blip on this story and the cops lawyer said " Police are put in danger every day. Their job is to protect the public.". I hardly know what to say about that. If he were on trial and I were on the jury, based on that statement alone, I would vote to convict.

  • db||

    To protect the public...by shooting at it.

  • Brett L||

    If they don't like the danger, can't they just get a different job?

  • Paul.||

    Why would they do that when they can just shoot the danger away?

  • Aloysious||

    Good thing these kids were not in NY. They might have been charged and jailed for forcing the people's paladin to shoot at them more than once.

  • Aloysious||

    aaaand, I end up repeating The Fist's post. rats.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    And being afforded that privilege, why wouldn’t he?

    Or he could just eat a bullet. That would be my recommendation.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    the cops lawyer said " Police are put in danger every day. Their job is to protect the public."

    But it's the public who are the danger. When in doubt, shoot them all.

  • Sevo||

    I agree. He shouldn't be fired, he should be strung up.

  • R C Dean||

    if anyone ought to be charged with child abuse it should be the officer who shot.

    No kidding. Even if everything went down exactly as the officer describes, shooting at a vehicle, kids or no, to enforce a sppeing ticket is just nuts.

  • Paul.||

    . But, because he’s a public sector employee with public union privileges, Montoya is appealing that decision.

    You forgot to write "...and held to higher standards".

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