When Dr. Ersula Ore, a professor at Arizona State University, walked through campus at night last month the last thing on her mind was breaking the law. With construction barring walkways and creating a hindrance for navigating certain areas of the campus, many students and faculty cross the street without utilizing a crosswalk. It’s something most people do on any college campus and typically leads to no trouble.
This night, however, it created a big ordeal. One of the university officers, Stewart Ferrin, stopped Dr. Ore and demanded to see her Identification Card. As she began to question the officer for his disrespectful tone and for stopping her presumably without cause he became irate.
Officer Ferrin then began speaking down to the woman in a condescending tone, which Dr. Ore took offense with. She politely berated him for his tone and lack of professionalism, attempting to deescalate the situation, which only led to the officer becoming increasingly hostile.
After a short exchange Officer Ferrin slams the professor to the ground and, with the assistance of another officer, places her in cuffs. When Dr. Ore is brought back to her feet Officer Ferrin appears to reach towards the professors crotch, and she retaliates by kicking him in the shin.
Dr. Ore has been charged with assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, refusing to provide identification when requested to do so by an officer, and obstructing a highway or public thoroughfare. She faces a felony charge and is challenging it in court.
Maricopa County Attorney’s Office reviewed all the evidence and found no wrongdoing on the part of the officer. I guess that’s no big surprise considering this is the same county where the birther movement promulgated, that lauded the passage of Arizona SB 1070 – requiring anyone that has brown skin to possess immigration papers, and is the home of Sheriff Arpaio.
Watch the video and tell me what you think.