Footage has been released of a contested event occurring May 20 on the campus of Arizona State University where a college professor was stopped by a police officer while walking to class.
Dr. Ersula Ore, an English professor, was crossing the street to avoid on campus construction. That’s when Tempe Officer Stewart Ferrin, a member of campus police, stopped Ore and demanded her Identification. He then body-slammed her on the pavement.
OFFICER FERRIN: Let me see your ID or you will be arrested for failing to provide ID.
DR. ORE: Are you serious?
OFFICER FERRIN: Yes, I’m serious. That is the law. If you don’t understand the law I’m explaining the law to you …
DR. ORE: … I never once saw a single solitary individual get pulled over by a cop for walking across a street on a campus, in a campus location. Everybody has been doing this because it is all obstructed. That’s the reason why. But you stop me in the middle of the street to pull me over and ask me, ‘Do you know what this is? This is a street.’…
OFFICER FERRIN: Are you aware this is a street?
DR. ORE: Let me finish.
OFFICER FERRIN: OK, put your hands behind your back.
DR. ORE: Don’t touch me, get your hands off me …
OFFICER FERRIN: … Put your hands behind your back right now. I’m going to slam you on this car. Put your hand behind your back.
DR. ORE: You really want to do that? Do you see what I’m wearing? Do you see?
OFFICER FERRIN: I don’t care what you are wearing.
DR. ORE: Don’t talk to me like that. This entire thing has been about your lack of respect for me.
After that, Officer Ferrin got physical with Ore, pinning her against his police car, and slamming her on the ground.
Watch the raw footage:
Dr. Ore was charged with “resisting arrest, refusing to provide identification when requested to do so by an officer, obstructing a highway or public thoroughfare, and assaulting a police officer.”
Police maintain Ore “kicked the officer in the shin.” Ore’s attorney says while on the ground, she was left exposed while officers “grabbed at her anatomy.”
In other words, Ore’s is being charged for jaywalking, asking why she was being treated with so much disrespect, resisting being man-handled, and defending herself while being exposed and pinned down by police officers.
After reviewing the footage Arizona Sate said this in a statement:
“ASU authorities have reviewed the circumstances surrounding the arrest and have found no evidence of inappropriate actions by the ASUPD officers involved. Should such evidence be discovered, an additional, thorough inquiry will be conducted and appropriate actions taken.”
An observer who witnessed the assault, called 911 for Dr. Ore, saying that police were being much too aggressive with her.