ASU Professor Ersula Ore's Supporters Pack Courtroom for Hearing on Assault

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Supporters and students of Arizona State University assistant professor Ersula Ore packed a courtroom this morning for a hearing on the viral-video star's criminal charges.

The hearing was a procedural step on the way toward a possible trial on four charges stemming from Ore's now-famous May 20 arrest by ASU police. The Maricopa County Attorney's Office is prosecuting her for felony aggravated assault on a police officer, obstructing a road, failing to give her name to a police officer and resisting arrest.

See also:
-Professor Ersula Ore Arrest to be Reviewed by ASU and Outside Agency After Video Goes Viral
-Ersula Ore Support From Viral Video Results in Officer Being Put on Leave


Since an ASU police dash-cam video of a portion of her encounter with officers was released, Ore's treatment at the hands of rookie police officer Stewart Ferrin has become a much bigger issue than her alleged crimes.

As can be seen in the video, Ferrin, after threatening to slam her on a car, slams her onto the ground. However, it also shows Ore resisting Ferrin's efforts at handcuffing her, then lashing at him with a kick.

Alane Roby, Ore's Phoenix lawyer, says Ore "has become the subject of threats" since being thrust into the national spotlight.

Fox 10 News (KSAZ-TV) reported Roby as saying in court, "This isn't about Professor Ore wanting any type of deferential treatment.. about her demanding anything other than respect adherent to her Constitutional right."

Indeed, in the video, Ore can be heard shouting, "This entire thing is about your lack of respect for me. For me! I'm a citizen. I'm a professor of the university."

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Ferrin tells Ore repeatedly to put her hand behind her back during the confrontation on College Avenue near Fifth Street, but she won't do it. Instead, she tells me, "Get off me!"

After being thrown to the ground by Ferrin and assisted by another officer, Ore, who teaches rhetoric and English, informs the cop, "I'm gonna sue the shit out of all of you, I swear to fucking god!" (At least, we're pretty sure that's what she says -- the Channel 3 News video we saw bleeped out the cussing.)

One of the officer then tells Ore her "skirt is up."

"Pull it down! Pull it down!" she yells at him.

"I'm not gonna touch your skirt," Ferrin says. But when Ore stands up, he reaches out to grab the skirt. That's when Ore kicks him.

The whole thing allegedly began when Ferrin tried to enforce a jaywalking law, singling out Ore for some reason. The video doesn't include the beginning of the confrontation.

A continuance was granted in the proceedings, giving more time for Ore to prepare her defense.

Meanwhile, Ferrin's been put on leave -- but only once the video went viral.

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Nicholas Babcock
Nicholas Babcock

Nathan Schneider, so you're saying she got stopped for jaywalking, so you agree that was the issue, right? So, since the cop stopped her for a violation, she is required to produce ID under law, correct? So, she refused ID, started acting out of control. She turned a simple situation into the situation that happen. I fault her in this situation. Now it's the "race card" cause she's black and the officer is white. When in reality the entire situation is her fault.

Tyburn Gallows
Tyburn Gallows

Pleading guilt changes nothing. I was fine with her assaulting that cop from the get go.

Gary Deyoung
Gary Deyoung

She pleaded guilty. How about being opposed to criminals.

Gary Deyoung
Gary Deyoung

Suck it!!! Ore pleaded guilty. Now how about doing stories that don't make good cops look bad. Or stories on all the missing and exploited people that are not good looking along with the people that are cute.

rh19541954
rh19541954

I venture a guess before its over the cop will be in the dog house in his department, this lady will get a huge settlement from the city/county for the abuse she received, jay walking is not a felony, those who know little about the law might assume one could use deadly force in misdemeanor cases, but sorry to disappoint that is only allowed in felony arrests! The cop got as angry as she did how dare this uppity non-white lady question me! Its the video which will win the day, its no surprise in many cases now law enforcement officers confiscating cell phones from by standers but sadly for them all modern cell phones today have them cute little built in camera/video features and someone is watching just outside their view and trying to cover up abuse is about as wise as what Nixon did, its the cover up which gets you, this lady did not assault the officer, its obvious in video who assaulted whom, asking questions does not rise to the level of resisting arrest, he initiated the violence towards her, I hope she takes them all to the cleaners financially and hope the cop gets a new career choice in a unemployment line!

Jason Kissling
Jason Kissling

Good. For something so simple, why wouldn't she just cooperate? She forcefully resisted, the cop dealt with it. How is he to know if she's about to pull a weapon or not? He doesn't. He has to be on his guard and subdue the threat, and yes she became a threat at that point of resistance. Brought it on herself. Race has nothing to do with it. And before you judge whether i have been treated anywhere near the same- I have been forcefully put on my face by 3 federal agents. Not a fun experience.

Eric Troje
Eric Troje

Most anyone else would be serving their 2nd week in tent city, already. Favorable treatment/excuses being made for the teacher. Well played, professor.

Alex Gutierrez
Alex Gutierrez

Why don't cops do that on the weekends when there's a lot of drunk white students doing the same?

Katherine Thrailkill
Katherine Thrailkill

If I was treated this way for jaywalking I would have been just as shocked as she appears to be with the way the police officer treated her. Jaywalking? Seriously? What criminal she is!

Maggie Romero
Maggie Romero

Do not care is it's a woman, man, gay, straight, black, white, hispanic. Makes no difference. Regardless of what is said everyone is treated equaly and everybody has the right to disobey. Just don't cry victim with the consequences of your own actions.

Maggie Romero
Maggie Romero

Woman or man, who cares? He explained why he stopped her, over and over. And she was not listening over and over. You cannot reason with the ignorant. He gave her an order on more than one occasion. He gave her options. She still choose to run her mouth. She was disobeying orders from an officer. What part of that does not make sense. SHE GETS AN 'F' FOR NOT FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS & FOUL LANGUAGE.

Shane Baker
Shane Baker

Woman cross the street late at night in the crosswalk goes about her business all is well. Or woman successfully crosses the street safely not in a crosswalk goes about her business all is well.

Shane Baker
Shane Baker

Your right Gary I'm glad the rest of us are now safe from the impending doom that didn't exist lol.

Shane Baker
Shane Baker

Just do as your told everyone. And don't your dare question reasonably someone who has authority over you bestowed upon by you or else you deserve to be treated like an "animal" and be attacked by them.

Maggie Romero
Maggie Romero

I have come in contact with police a handful of times at various stages of my life. No all traffic stops, domestic ect. never once has a police officer ever had to use FORCE on me. I have composed myself and acted like a human being, not like an animal and not running my mouth. It's simple. Supposedly, you are an educated woman, either you're not as educated as you think or you are so high on your horse all you can see is your own rearend.

Maggie Romero
Maggie Romero

She should be suspended until a verdict is reached. I'm pretty sure she expects her students to follow her rules in class, why is she exempt to follow the law. I don't care what her profession is, and the cop didn't seem to care either. Do what you are told, stop causing a scene, stop singling yourself out and stop playing the victim card. HOW HARD IS IT TO DO WHAT YOU ARE TOLD?!?! If you're doing nothing wrong you should have no problem with complying. Ignorant.

Noah Dueker
Noah Dueker

To absolve this woman completely of responsibility is ludicrous. An intrinsic consequence of the relationship between law enforcement, their duties and the public is that anyone contacted by the police is not in a position to make judgments about the scope of their authority. You don't know what you are accused of, you don't know what environmental and circumstantial clues are driving the officers decisions and you don't know his training and experience. You may know your rights, but you still cannot know the scope of their authority. Even a highly educated, trained and experienced lawyer couldn't reasonably question an officers actions because they don't have all the information upon which someone could make a reasonable judgment. With this in mind, one should always politely submit to police authority. Should they overstep their bounds, you can utilize the civil court system to redress your grievances. This is doubly important as to my knowledge, courts have typically held that even should it be proven they were in the wrong, you are still in the wrong and accountable for resisting their authority.

Gary Deyoung
Gary Deyoung

Hog wash. A law breaker is a criminal. She decided to get out of hand and the cop did what he had to. So he and the public could be safe. It's disgusting to see a educated professional to conduct herself in such a defiant way.

Sandra Boettcher Lyons
Sandra Boettcher Lyons

OH really, I am happy that you have never experienced rude, arrogant, aggressive and out of control law enforcent officers. Consider yourself lucky. Many of us have, however, and have done nothing wrong. I am glad your world is so black and white and all cops are wonderful and everyone who is arrested is guilty.

John Wiseman
John Wiseman

They are all supporters of the impending plutocratic oligarchy police state that is being constructed around us.

Sandra Boettcher Lyons
Sandra Boettcher Lyons

Jaywalking is not a crime. It is a civil citation, just like speeding. And there is no law requiring one to show ID when walking....or when being written a citation. You are only required to carry a driver's license to operate a vehicle. I don't know if the cop is racist or not. But throwing a woman on the ground, slamming her on the vehicle for the henious crime of jaywalking or for asking questions of a cop, does not justify the actions of this cop.

Roxanne Olga Bivens
Roxanne Olga Bivens

She was engaged in a criminal activity, officer had every right to ask for ID. Now did he have to treat her the way he did because she was rude? No, I can't go around punching every jerk in the face can I? Who protects us from officers?

Sandra Boettcher Lyons
Sandra Boettcher Lyons

Love all these arm chair lawyers....you are not required to show ID unless you are operating a vehicle. End of story. You do not have to show ID when you are arrested....it is not a crime to not have ID, unless you are driving a vehicle. Or under the "show me your papers" crap law SB 1070. I love how folks are so happy to turn over their rights to a police state. Now, me and myself, I would have just done what he said because I know cops who act like arrogant SOBs especially if you dare to question whether they have the authority to do what they ask. I asked a police officer one time what his probable cause was for searching my friend's car, and he about bit my head off and wanted to arrest me for simply asking a question. And, especailly if it is a woman and a woman of color. All he had to say was, Ma'am, you were jaywalking and I am going to write you a ticket. You can provide me your identification or you can identfy yourself to me as we go throught the information I need for the citation. How frigging hard is it to act in a respectful manner to someone who...oh my goodness, jaywalked near a college campus. Such a heinous crime.....

Sandra Boettcher Lyons
Sandra Boettcher Lyons

Not required to turn over ID when you are not in a car or under arrest....hence, why she asked if she was under arrest. Cops are power hungry and their reaction was over the top.

Javier Danger J
Javier Danger J

This is America. Follow the laws- laziness, that's all jaywalking is. Walk to the intersection and follow the law just like the rest of us or are you better than that?

Javier Danger J
Javier Danger J

You only fear the cops if you are doing something wrong. Don't speak on behalf of people- you don't represent me. If you need an example this is a proper statement- "and this is why I hate and fear cops" You're welcome

Leah Greer
Leah Greer

Just plain ridiculous. And this is why people hate and fear cops

Aaron Foster
Aaron Foster

I am very aware of my advantages in life and it is partly because of these that I am able to assert you are incorrect with such confidence. If you live in fear that's your own business but you do not get to ignore laws at your whim.

Roy Vasquez
Roy Vasquez

Bullshit they don't have a case they're trying to justify the brutality and abuse that officer unleashed on that poor woman why bcuz she refused to give her name.... Fuck the police

Bonnie Grabowski
Bonnie Grabowski

And you can own up to your privilege in your society and acknowledge valid points. Reading comprehension is a wonderful skill, and having a proper rebuttal to my observation would have made your response relevant instead of egotistical and dismissive.

Aaron Foster
Aaron Foster

You should prepare a list of laws and procedures you won't obey so if you are stopped by a cop you can give it to her and she can know what to exempt you from in advance.

Gracie Rose
Gracie Rose

My question is, if you are out for a jog or any type of exercise are you then required to carry ID? It may be a good idea, but then again, if assaulted, your identity and address would be available to your perpetrator. I also wonder, if she were a cute college girl jaywalking, would she have been stopped.

organicmingle
organicmingle

I think you forgot the part where there is construction on the road blocking the crosswalk. 

organicmingle
organicmingle

I think you forgot the part where there is construction on the road blocking the crosswalk.

TheLeast
TheLeast

Fuck the 'polce', indeed, Aron - so very well put. On a related subject, I'm going to recommend some remedial training in your mother tongue (English, presumably) - that way, your next encounter with the 'polce' will be smoother due to more effective communication.

organicmingle
organicmingle

I think you forgot the part where there is construction on the road blocking the crosswalk.

Eff_You
Eff_You

You probably deserved it. I would've gladly helped them out, punk.

TheLeast
TheLeast

Why don't "a lot of drunk white students" - or ANY WHITES, PERIOD - get to walk with a slap on the wrist after physically assaulting a cop? Unlike you, Alex, I have an answer: 'Cause they don't have a sugar daddy in the White House ready to send the FBI to get their backs the second news of their arrests hits Twitter. Any questions?

Eff_You
Eff_You

Maggie, as someone who works in public safety (firefighter; previously, a cop), I can tell you right here that you are full of shit. We put on a noble front to the public, but behind the scenes, the racism and bigotry is rampant. The N-word is spoken freely. Please, do yourself a favor and shut up. You know nothing, but you talk as though you're an expert. It's laughable how you come across.

wackus4
wackus4

Do you even know the law or your rights?

TheLeast
TheLeast

You sound a great deal more like a "professor" that Ms. Ore did in her video...or, I suspect, when she's holding forth in her "classroom".

Eff_You
Eff_You

She's absolutely correct. If an officer asks you for identification (and you are not behind the wheel of a vehicle), all you are required to do is tell him or her your complete name.

TheLeast
TheLeast

@Eff_You

If you make the decision to break a petty, stupid little law (like the jaywalking statute) in full view of a cop who doesn't have anything better to do than stop and cite you, then you can go ahead and blame yourself, and not waste your time blaming the cop for acting like a cop. 

Furthermore, you ought to drop the attitude, take a shot at trying to treat the cop like a fellow human being and get through the encounter as quickly as possible. After it's over, you can then decide to either pay the ticket or go to your court date and fight it. 

At no time should you make a decision to attack the cop - that can get you killed, and while that might, with the addition of some pressure by Race Hustling Inc., get your family a quick payday, it will be your fellow tax-payers footing the bill, the cop will most likely be back on the job after a paid vacation of some length, and you will still be dead. 

If this broad were actually an authentic educator, or anything other than just another overpaid race hustler with a big, fat chip on her shoulder, she might be smart enough to understand that and act accordingly. But looking at her behavior on the tape, together with the fact that this "professor" works the euphemistically-labeled area of "African studies" (i.e., race-hustling), I think it's not totally unreasonable to theorize that maybe she saw this as her big "Skip Gates" moment, and an opportunity to break into big league race hustling. 

Leftists (especially race-hustling leftists) are rarely willing to undertake the slog required to change laws they don't like by going through the legal motions. They need to bring about "change" either with a mob behind them or a reliably left-leaning Federal judge in front of them.


One more time, to all the angry anti-white racists out there: American elected a BLACK GUY TO BE THE PRESIDENT - TWICE. What more can  reasonably be expected to happen in order for you to understand that the issue of white-on-black "racism" in America is as good as it's ever going to get?

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