ASU Officer Stewart Ferrin Still on Leave, Under Investigation, After Ersula Ore's Guilty Plea

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Arizona State University police confirmed this afternoon that Officer Stewart Ferrin is still on leave and under investigation despite Ersula Ore's guilty plea this morning.

ASU media-relations director Sharon Keeler still hasn't returned our morning message, but we just checked with ASU Police Chief John Pickens' office, and his assistant had some news about Ferrin.

See also:
-Ersula Ore, ASU Professor, Pleads Guilty; ASU Won't Say if Cop's Back on Duty
Before we called Pickens' office just now, we called ASU police and asked if Ferrin was working today. The dispatcher said Ferrin was not at work. So we tried Pickens again.

Pickens' assistant tells us that Ferrin is still under investigation and on leave.

Ferrin's actions in the May 20 arrest of Ore drew criticism from many after video recorded by his patrol car's dash-cam hit the Internet. Other viewers of the video, however, backed his handling of the situation, which allegedly began when Ferrin attempted to enforce a jaywalking law.

Supporters of Ferrin initially included his employer, ASU. But that changed when pressure mounted due to the viral video. Last Wednesday, ASU issued a news release stating that Ferrin had been put on leave and that the university had asked the FBI to review the case for any potential civil-rights allegations.

But now that Ore's signed a plea deal in which she admits to misdemeanor resisting arrest, while escaping a felony aggravated assault charge, it would seem that Ferrin has been vindicated.

The court of public opinion hasn't cleared him, though -- and ASU's very sensitive to the pubic perception, especially given President Michael Crow's goal to attract 100,000 students to lucrative online-degree programs.

At the least, ASU owes the public, not to mention its small campus police force, an explanation for why Ferrin is on leave, in light of Ore's decision to admit that she was resisting Ferrin's attempts to arrest her.

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I am so glad that the truth is out, this professor ORE should be fired and I am so ashamed of her behavior. Hope they toss the book at this ass of a professor, but they won't. If she was a real woman she would say Sorry to the officer for acting like an ass.


Like father, like son.  She's lucky she didn't get a plunger up an orifice.


No requirement to "SHOW ME YOUR PAPERS" in AZ

13-2412. Refusing to provide truthful name when lawfully detained; classification

A. It is unlawful for a person, after being advised that the person's refusal to answer is unlawful, to fail or refuse to state the person's true full name on request of a peace officer who has lawfully detained the person based on reasonable suspicion that the person has committed, is committing or is about to commit a crime. A person detained under this section shall state the person's true full name, but shall not be compelled to answer any other inquiry of a peace officer.

B. A person who violates this section is guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor. 

john043012 topcommenter

There could be only one explanation why she got this deal her position, her color and the fact Ferrin works for ASU. If she pulled this stunt with a city cop the charges would have not been reduced.


She didn't put up much of a fight in court. Sober minds seem to make more reasonable decisions.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 "But now that Ore's signed a plea deal in which she admits to misdemeanor resisting arrest, while escaping a felony aggravated assault charge, it would seem that Ferrin has been vindicated."

Utter nonsense. The forced plea to resisting arrest to avoid an overcharged felony says NOTHING about whether the Aggressive Bigoted Cop violated any laws or policies during the incident in question.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 "Arizona State University police confirmed this afternoon that Officer Stewart Ferrin is still on leave and under investigation ..."

Aggressive Power-hungry Neanderthals like him most likely lied on and padded their resume ... and check him for Steroid abuse while you're at it.


I lived in Ann Arbor, Mi. many years ago and all the city police had to be college graduates. They were polite and not looking to start something with people they came in contact with including students at UofM. Don't know why this model wasn't picked up by more college towns. Probably because they would have had to pay a decent wage.  

Cozz topcommenter

Tough decision, face 10 years in prison for aggravated assault or probation to take the plea deal for a misdemeanor.

She should have told the County Attorney to shove the plea deal their ass and gone to trial.


@Hock  So you know his father personally or is this more tabloid hate cops just because BS?


@john043012  The county attorney drops ASUPD charges on a continual basis. If any of the activists want to actually do something and not just bitch they can file FOIA requests for what they are looking for and find out themselves.



Everything you are complaining about has been covered in excess on the dissident employee generated blog address I gave you. If you think this is bad you need to read it.

Cozz topcommenter


Most cops now can barely get a high school diploma let alone graduate from college.

valleynative topcommenter


I don't think any defense attorney would want to put her on the stand.

It seems like it might be too easy to goad her into physically attacking the prosecutor, and that would be very bad for her case.

TommyCollins topcommenter

@Cozz Again, Jim, we don't know the whole story. She may know a whole lot more about how it all went down and she may just be very thankful to get off with a misdemeanor. You might recall that not all cases are like yours...

Cozz topcommenter


You bet, not only am I criminal, (was actually, the conviction was set aside) ...

I have been deemed "Historically Significant" by the Superior Court at the request of the County Attorney's Office.

Move over Jesse James...


@Cozz oh, thanks for letting me know, you aren't allowed around my home or my family. fair warning. actually, no new times commenter would be allowed to be around my home or family, lol. you people are low lives.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@TommyCollins ... asserts the guy who spent his career carrying an SPC on his hip.



MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

You are a fucking Goddamn douche-nozzle honey.

I could be the mailman, delivering your mail.

I could be the plumber your fatter than a sumo wrestler wife hired to fix the kitchen sink.

I could be the mechanic, fixing your broken down POS car while I cruise around in my Benz.

Cozz topcommenter

@honeysetthealarm @tctalkstoomuch

One more thing dumbass, when you ask a question under one screen name and get an answer to your question, you might want to be smart enough to log back in under the original screen name you asked the question under to post a reply instead of the new one you made up and now use.
At least make an attempt to not look like the dumbass Troll that you are.

Flyer9753 topcommenter

@honeysetthealarm @Cozz Sweet!!!!

Trailer homes, which is I am sure what you live in and we would be visiting if so inclined, are death traps.

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