A shocking dashcam video shows the moment a New Mexico state trooper opened fire on a minivan with five children inside after a route traffic stop went horribly wrong.
Now the New Mexico State Police have opened an investigation into the conduct of the troopers – and driver Rihanna Ferrell and her 14-year-old son are facing charges.
The traffic stop took place south of Taos, New Mexico, on October 28 – but it has sparked local outrage after the video from a state police dashcam went public.
Footage shows the officer casually walk up to the vehicle and begin speaking with the driver.
When the officer walks away, presumably to run the license and registration and decide whether to write a ticket, the van takes off.
A short chase ensues before the driver again relents and the van makes its way to the side of the road.
The officer at this point has had enough. He storms up to and opens the driver’s side door while ordering the driver out of the vehicle.
She refuses and a struggle ensues as children inside the Ford can be heard screaming.
The driver’s son, 14, according to ABC News, gets out of the van but thinks better of the idea as the cop pulls a Taser on him.