Arizona State University Professor Tackled in Street – Officer Fired
Dr. Ersula Ore, an ASU (Arizona State University) educator, was held by school police in 2014 and is now alleging self-defense, The situation started to get a lot of attention once 3TV obtained a video of the incident.
Officer Stewart Ferrin, with the school’s police department, told Ore, “I’m speaking to you because you were in the center of the road.” Ore was traversing College Ave., just southward of Fifth St. at a point adjacent to AZU campus.
Less than 60-seconds after the conversation started, everything begins to go from bad to worse.
“Let me examine your identification, or be detained,” Ferrin told Ore.
“Are you for real?”
“Yes. That’s the law.”
According to the police reports Ferrin file, Ore claimed to be trying to traverse College in the identical manner as other pedestrians who were also attempting to skirt construction at the location.
“I never saw a person get stopped by the police for just crossing a road on campus. Everyone was doing this since it is blocked,” Ore told the cop. “But you stopped me in the center of the road?”
Moments later, things go even worse.
“Put your hands behind you. I’m will push you on the vehicle. Put your hands behind you,” Ferrin instructed Ore.
“You need that? Do you happen to see what I have on?” Ore asked.
While both parties received insignificant scratches, Ore was accused of attack on a law enforcement officer as well as criminal destruction and blocking a roadway. Accusations Ore intended to fight.
Her lawyer, Alane Roby, says they will be using says self-defense as a justification.
“She told the cop she was exposed,” Roby said. “Her dress was hiked; the cop was moving towards her. She felt annoyed with his hands exploring her.”
ASU released a statement, saying: “ASU officials have examined the unfortunate events surrounding the seizure of Assistant Professor Ersula Ore and have determined that the officer concerned did not break protocol and no proof was found of racial motive by the ASU Police Officers involved.”
In February 2015, the new video revealed dramatic details in the struggle between Ore and Ferrin. Until the new video was released the only video recording was taken from the dashcam of Ferrin’s patrol car.
The new video was obtained under a public-records request by Channel 12 News and had been taken by a bystander who witnessed Ore’s arrest.
With the release of the new video, Ferrin resigned. ASU Police Chief Michael Thompson sent Ferrin a report letting him know that the university planned to fire him.
Thompson’s letter said Ferrin had “multiple acts of noncompliance and misconduct. An independent investigation determined Ferrin had no reasonable basis for arrested the professor for blocking a road and he wrongfully arrested her for declining to provide ID. The chief’s letter also said that Ferrin’s “rigid, power-based approach” to law enforcement and unwillingness to use restraint and exercise sound judgement was responsible for Ore’s arrest that, according to the letter, occurred “without a lawful basis”.
Reverend Jarrett Maupin, a civil-rights advocate, was shocked by Ferrin’s resignation.
“It was my hope that Ferrin and Ore would both remain employed by ASU,” he said. “They are both equally imperfect people and made mistakes that caused a nationwide controversy.