Inmate files lawsuit against NM State Police officers

TAOS, N.M. (KRQE) – A State Police officer involved in the now well known Taos mini-van shooting case is among those being sued for allegedly violating the rights of an inmate in a separate case.

Rookie officer Tony Detavis was the one who first pulled over Oriana Farrel near Taos.

The traffic stop quickly spiraled out of control with Officer Detavis at one point bashing out the window of Farrell’s mini van with her children still inside.

Now an inmate has filed suit against Detavis, and four other State Police Officers claiming they unjustly beat, tasered and dragged him while he was being booked into the Taos detention center on March 7th.

The inmate claims to have suffered a concussion and other injuries.

State police is not commenting on the lawsuit at this point.

The inmate was arrested on a probation violation and according to reports started resisting officers as soon as they tried to take him into custody. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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