Female Professor Body Slammed By Police After Failing to Show ID on Own Campus

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.

  • Chase Tiphalet

    I mean I hate to be that guy who throws race into it but obviously this was because she was black right??? All the other students/people doing the exact same thing to avoid the construction and she is singled out. That goes to show you it doesn’t matter if you are a professor, a professional, a doctor… when you are in the wrong place at the wrong time and its just you and a badge….SOVER….

    • Jesse Fortner

      Unless other black people were also crossing the street without getting stopped. We really don’t know.

    • FrankLuska

      >I mean I hate to be that guy who throws race into……

      Then why do it? You are only making things worse if no racial profiling occurred.

      • awaiken

        it’s obviously racially motivated man, get real. he could have picked on anyone else but he didnt.

        • John Wayne Mckinley

          Who else? Provide one example, as to prove to me that she was NOT, the only one Jaywalking and I will agree with you 100%. The fact is, you can not. So to make a claim like that is borderline retarded, and well beyond irresponsible. I personally despise cops and prefer strong black women, I don’t see this as much a racial thing because I’m all out of white guilt, the other form of racism. If you take the human body as a whole, and you see its a wonderful machine capable of monumental things, you don’t seem to take much notice, to the color the light is, that reflects off of its skin. To do so is trivial. I will agree that some socially awkward, and immature white power tripper might not be the best person to deescalate the emotions of a strong proud black woman. If you want to scream racism at this fine, but you aren’t helping anyone but yourself, to slough off a bit of your own guilt. Whatever that may be?

          • Lalo

            You lost me at “retarded.” Learn the basic meaning of a word before using it incorrectly. MAYBE then can the rest of your pointlessly incoherent ramble be taken seriously. Don’t take my word for it, ask any reasonably educated, english speaking, politically conscious person and hear what they have to say. The only one here covering their pent up guilt here is the one defending the perpetrator. Basic psychology.

          • wil22

            politically conscious? you have to be kidding, do you need a cookie?

      • zach

        I disagree Frank. Its a factor that can be looked at and considered.

      • Jack Kelly

        Are you stupid? Blind? Ignorant? No I think it is that you too are a racist. When a WHITE cop arrests and manhandles a BLACK Professor for Jaywalking it is RACISM. Only a racist would not see that.

        • Blake

          Wait, so every single time a white cop aggresively arrests a black person it’s racism? Ok, fine with that, as long as you think anytime a black cop arrests a white person aggresively it’s also racism.

        • John Wayne Mckinley

          Kinda fell apart mid sentence, didn’t it? I’m pretty sure if I would have kicked that cop in the shin he would have served and protected the shit outta me, unlike her, because I’m a man. Does that make it sexism? That she would not be beaten after assaulting him, yet I a man, would’ve been? Who decides whether racism is greater than sexism, or worse than? This is all speculation and hyperbole. Opinions masquerading as facts. Where I come from we called that “shit talk”. Its meaningless babble.

          • Jack Kelly

            Opinions masquerading as facts. That is all you have isn’t it. Make believe facts brought to you by Faux.

    • ASU student/Employee

      I go to ASU. I walk across that very road all the time, in front of officers and never have been looked at twice let alone being stopped. Oh and I am as white as it gets. I can blind people with my shirt off. Regardless of color, is this really necessary to stop people for walking across a road in which there are ASU buildings on both sides of the street? Maybe I’m wrong, but i do not find this right. Cops should be more worried about the MASSIVE amount of meth on campus. I can find meth easier than water and this is Arizona, water is at almost every corner.

  • RobSiegmund

    What’s most troubling is not what actually occurred but what happened next. The people responsible for directing police “have reviewed the circumstances surrounding the arrest and have found no evidence of inappropriate actions.” You have to wonder what would qualify as inappropriate to our “authorities”.

    Time and time again, we see this happening all over the land of the free and it strikes me that something is fundementally wrong with us. We either need to decide police behavior like this is TOTALLY inappropriate or forget the notion we live in a free land. To argue for both is either absurd or disingenuous.

    • jotunndigital

      Ours is a culture of “Cover your ass.” Nobody wants to be “that guy” who got their coworker fired, because then their life will become that much more difficult. Is it the right thing to do? No – but people will continually do it because people always take the path of least resistance.

      What needs to happen: A body to police the police – A group that has no jurisdiction over civilian matters in any capacity, but who’s job it is specifically to be “law enforcement for law enforcement.”

    • John Wayne Mckinley

      Cops are never held accountable for their actions, I agree this is less about racism and more about the growing police state. Cops treat every citizen like shit. The trick is not to consider yourself a citizen of this corporation. If you look at the law and the Bill of rights. it goes like this….


      — created —

      We the People

      — created —

      the states (United)

      — created —


      — created —

      United States citizen

      I am the People.

  • IHateFatChicks

    MOST LE is comprised of narcissistic sociopaths, pathological liars, violent psychopaths and troglodytes.

  • She should have cooperated and sued later. This is hilarious.

    • hazy

      Does not seem to be an intelligent professor but the escalation of force seems racially motivated.

    • awaiken

      so you don’t want to give credit to this woman for not immediately thinking lawsuit!! right away?

  • OpenMindedPS

    For not following “Orders”…….

    • John Wayne Mckinley

      How can it be a lawful order if the actor has never proven jurisdiction? She gave legal consent , by admitting she was a citizen. Do you wonder why the ambassador of Sweden can jaywalk all day long and never be looked at twice? Its called diplomatic status, did you know all americans used to have this same status? We gave up this status when our parents were tricked into singing us up as a corporation, through a birth certificate. Its a legal fiction, and once its recognized you are a ward of the state, with no rights.

      • James

        Explain more. How does saying she’s a citizen take away her rights

  • Very soon someone will decide this has become unacceptable. It only requires one dedicated trained sniper. It will be dozens of dead “law enforcement officials”, before they will be able to catch the individual, if ever. Snipers can line up kill shots on cops eating donuts from half a mile away. I see a complete escalation emerge very quickly. This will be a catastrophe and it will be catastrophe actively pursued by US law enforcement.

    • Canvasback

      The reason that would never work is because most of us would refuse to celebrate murder – even if it’s cops.The solution is personal accountability for their screw-ups. Take away their pensions, fire them, sue them; make being a cop a job with accountability. And work up the chain of command. These flunkies wouldn’t get away with it if their sergeants and captains were honorable people.

  • hazy

    What was the officer’s intention by demanding ID? Was he going to write her a ticket for jaywalking?

  • hot_dogg

    people are going to stand defending themselves and others from these pigs and when that happens allot of you pigs are going to die.

  • Josh

    “I’m going to slam you on this car.” , “Let me see your ID or you will be arrested for failing to provide ID.” since when was the first legal, and the second a crime?

    • jotunndigital

      Former is legal because a cop is authorized, legally, to use “appropriate force” as they feel fit (it’s not right, but it’s legal).

      Latter is also, sadly, legal in about 24ish states, where “stop-and-identify” laws have been passed. It’s essentially a catchall as, again, the “validity” of the ID is at the discretion of the officer: If they decide your ID isn’t good enough, they’re still allowed to arrest you. It’s really a very, very gross overstep of legality, but until those laws are repealed… there’s nothing that anybody can do about it.

      • Witchwindy

        Those are not laws, they are unconstitutional statutes and therefore unlawful in and of themselves (as are 99% of the “laws” they have passed in congress and legislatures to impose on the people). There is no need for any person to obey unconstitutional statutes, so said SCOTUS:

      • stk33

        It’s not “stop-and-identify”, It’s the same rule as for the driver who did a violation. Either don’t violate the laws (difficult), or have the id in order to receive notice to appear if caught.

  • Jesus Christ

    le badcopnodonut army is here!! XD

    • artacuno53

      Is exactly what someone trying to make that community look bad would say.

      I mean come on mane, I browse Reddit but not that subreddit, but even I know that is a terrible attempt, at least try harder m8

  • beedogs

    Fuck cops. This guy deserves a bullet to the head.

    • Capital_7

      I agree completely. Perhaps some decent cop or citizen would care to make good on this.

  • mannix58

    Wow…the police are really taking over the cities,towns,and communities in America…hide in your homes kids…that’s what they want.

  • Unlo4

    > DR. ORE: Let me finish.

    You don’t tell cops to shut up and let you finish.

  • YouAreAllRetarded.

    Or just fucking listen to the police you fucking morons. She broke the law, she is required to provide ID. If she doesn’t “want” to provide her ID she is arrestable. If she chooses to behave like a child after, they are allowed to use force to effect the arrest.


    • Do no comply

      this is a perfect example of the authoriatarian personality described by Arendt that leads to incremental atrocities becoming widely accepted.

      The users name is YouAreAllRetarded and he essecntially says, just comply with authority geez guys, I mean they have a badge!

      • stk33

        If you just violated the law and got caught, this is actually not a bad idea to be polite and ask for forgiveness. Works wonders in many situations, not only with police.

        • Do no comply

          Again, complying with unreasonable and aggressive requests from authoritarian’s will only work for a limited amount of time. The Jews in the Warsaw Uprising had a higher survival rate per capita than the compliant ones.

          But the name of the game is frog soup.

          Tepid, warm, boil, dead.

          People argue to no end about individual situations of police overstep, brutality, aggression, and any number of other violations as though they are all isolated incidents that are related to that particular individuals character.

          Police militarization and aggressive policing are part of a nationwide policy shift since the 1950’s and 60’s where large scale urban rebellions were uncontrollable under the model of two cops alone on the beat.

          Billions of dollars, equipment, military training, think tanks, policy papers, legislation, beefed up police unions, these things are real and make the police problem systemic in America and elsewhere in the world.

          Again this is not isolated and these micro events, seen in a larger context represent something larger. People who think that society problems are mystical and without cause (or due to simple personal mis-steps) are easy prey for preachers and wing nuts.

    • Michael Romero

      go die in a hole

  • SadCitizen

    We need to start teaching our police a phrase that was quite popular back in the late 30’s early 40’s. “EIn papiren bita” (sp?). It’s German for “Your papers please.”

  • jutholmes

    Since when does a campus police officer get to question random people for ID while crossing a public road? This loser should be fired. If that governor doesn’t get involved he can count on never getting another minority vote.

    • Ricky Ross

      …as if voting even matters anymore???

  • Jack Kelly

    So then it is clear that ASU values its police over its Professors. Something such as this is good for the Professors to know.

  • Robert Boyd

    Cop that’s a bit of of a tough guy. And the college Prof is a self-important jerk. (forgive the redundancy)

    • How is she a self-important jerk for expecting to be treated with respect as a human being and as a professor of the very university the officer is there to serve? He was way over the top. Police have lost the ability to intelligently diffuse situations through discourse and instead viciously go from 0 to 10. That…is the problem.

  • This is what happens when you keep electing democrats and republicans who are just two sides of the same tyranny.

    You cant just have the really cool parts of the govt you like. Either you take it all, or none of it. There is no in between. If you want to end this tyranny you have to get govt out of your life, completely

    All of it.

    The only way to do that is to stop voting republican or democrat and vote libertarian. There is no other way.

    Its tour choice. Want to keep voting republican or democrat? Then stop complaining and do what your told peasant.

  • Fellow Traveler

    What is happening to this country?

  • Scottie Payne

    Then suddenly, a mighty angel picked up a boulder shaped like a huge Mill

    Stone, and threw it into The

    *Atlantic Ocean,*

    and cried mightily with a loud voice saying!!

    Just as I have thrown away this stone, the great city of Babylon will be thrown down with violence , and shall never be found again!!!

    The Book Of Revelation, Chapter 18 verse 21



  • Canvasback

    Sounds like a B.S. excuse. You have to identify yourself, but there’s no statutory requirement to provide I.D. So he lied to her and then escalated the confrontation. Mark me down on the “I distrust all cops” list.

    • stk33

      > You have to identify yourself, but there’s no statutory requirement to provide I.D

      wrong. See my post.

      • Canvasback

        I believe I’m correct. Subsection C of the statute you reference refers to: “A person other than the driver of a motor vehicle who fails or refuses
        to provide evidence of the person’s identity to a peace officer . . .” We’ll leave aside that this is part of the Transportation code – referencing passengers in a vehicle. All it says is that the person must provide some evidence of who they are. Just stating your name is Ok. There’s no requirement yet that we need to carry our papers at all times.
        For a better look at this, one case on point is Hiibel v. 6th Jud. Dist. of Nevada. USSC 542 U.S. 177. Specifically, read paragraph (a).

  • stk33

    When you violate traffic rules, which she did, you are expected to provide the id, and the cop will give you a ticket – does not matter pedestrian or driver. If you fail or refuse to provide the id, which she did, this is misdemeanor (see the exact text below) and you will be arrested. If you resist arrest, this is a felony.

    28-1595. Failure to stop or provide driver license or evidence of identity; violation; classification

    C. A person other than the driver of a motor vehicle who fails or refuses to provide evidence of the person’s identity to a peace officer or a duly authorized agent of a traffic enforcement agency on request, when such officer or agent has reasonable cause to believe the person has committed a violation of this title, is guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor.

  • Howard Treesong

    What’s wrong with: “Hi, we saw you crossing the street where it might not be safe. Would you mind following the indicate path so that you don’t endanger yourself or other people using the street?”

    A simple, courteous interaction. We can’t do that anymore. Now the police have to assert authority and, oh yes please, let’s use as much force as we can.

    Felony aggravated assault, really? The cops might not be in the wrong but they’re just being lazy and unprofessional. The look on his face as he got kicked in the shin which is, we all know it to be true, a heinous criminal act that will mark this poor man for life.

    Sweet mother mercy what is the country coming to.

  • Brian Bollig

    Why does the headline say “female”? Would it have been okay if it had happened to a man?

  • katgal1232

    It is all about walking while black.