*If you saw Lawrence O’Donnell‘s MSNBC show “The Last Word” Monday night, you saw him go in on two police officers from Taos, New Mexico for using extreme, over the top, excessive force during a stop.
Via a police cruiser’s dash cam, we see one of the officers mistreating the car’s driver, a 39-year-old black woman named Oriana Farrell, and another officer fire 3 rounds at Farrell’s minivan that also contained her 5 (unarmed) children as she drove away from them. But first some background.
Details of the recent stop emerged when KRQE-TV obtained video from the dashboard camera of the police cruiser that pulled over the family of six for speeding near the northern New Mexico tourist town of Taos.
The footage taken Oct. 28 shows driver Farrell disobeying the officer’s orders, including driving off after being told to take her keys out of the vehicle.
The Memphis, Tenn., woman was pulled over again and the situation escalated as she pleaded for lenience while refusing the officer’s orders to get out of the van.
She eventually exits the vehicle, but tries to get back in as the officer, identified as Tony DeTavis in police records, tries to restrain her.
The TV station’s edited video shows at least two of her five children get out of the vehicle to confront DeTavis in her defense.
Farrell ushered the smaller child back into the van as the 14-year-old struggled with the officer. The teen got back in the vehicle and shut the door after DeTavis appears to pull out his stun gun.
At that point, backup arrived as DeTavis bashed out the minivan’s front passenger window with his nightstick and another officer, identified in records as Elias Montoya, shot at the vehicle as it drove off. Montoya wrote that he fired his weapon “at the left rear tire in an attempt to immobilize the vehicle.”
The mother and teen were arrested in front of a hotel after a brief chase. She has since been released and faces charges of child abuse, fleeing and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia for a pair of marijuana pipes found in the van. Farrell was released on bond.
It’s unclear whether the 14-year-old remains in custody. He faces charges of battery of an officer. His name has not been released.
For more of the story, go to ABC News.
Now, as far as Lawrence O’Donnell’s MSNBC commentary on “The Last Word,” he posited that the officers DeTavis and Montoya, acted like “TV cop shows” instead of how real police officers are supposed to conduct themselves in the line of duty.
O’Donnell said the officer who opened fire “violates the law” with his “completely unconstitutional use of deadly force.” He dispelled the “mythical practice” of firing warning shots, explaining that “most bullets fired by police miss most of the time.”
He ended the segment by explaining that after everything that’s happened, “Those two officers have been charged with nothing.”
Watch the video below, via MSNBC and if you haven’t seen it, it’s mind blowing: