Ersula Ore, ASU Professor, Pleads Guilty; ASU Won't Say if Cop's Back on Duty

Categories: ASU

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Screen-grab of dash-cam video of ASU assistant professor Ersula Ore's May 20 arrest.
Ersula Ore, the Arizona State University assistant professor whose arrest video went viral, has pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor resisting arrest.

Commissioner Julie Mata set Ore's sentencing for August 1 at 8:30 a.m.

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

Ore was defiant during her May 20 arrest, as can be seen in the dash-cam video as ASU police officer Stewart Ferrin tries to get her hands behind her back. The confrontation began when Ferrin supposedly chided Ore for jaywalking on College Avenue near Fifth Street in downtown Tempe.

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Stewart Ferrin
After the incident, Ore took her fight to the public, setting up a website that sought donations, claiming the arrest and Ferrin's treatment of her was based on her race (she's black, Ferrin's white). She hired a lawyer to spin her side and defend against charges that included three misdemeanors and a felony count of aggravated assault on Ferrin.

Ferrin, a rookie who as of 2012 worked as an ASU police dispatcher with his stepmom, does come off looking mildly thuggish.

But ASU initially reviewed the video and found nothing wrong with his actions. The Maricopa County Attorney's Office reviewed the video and threw the book at Ore.

ASU put the officer on leave only after Channel 3 News (KTVK-TV) obtained and aired the dash-cam video, inciting many viewers across the country.

But it looks like Ore's done fighting the good fight.

We're not expecting her to follow up on the threat she made in the video to sue the (bleep) out of the officer or ASU.

The question still unanswered this morning by ASU: Has Ferrin, who was put on leave by ASU under pressure from viewers of the video, been put back on the street.

It's a difficult question for ASU, apparently. ASU Police Chief John Pickens declined comment. Sharon Keeler, media relations director, cannot be reached. Another spokesman, Skip Derra, says he's not working on the case and would help try to contact Keeler for us.

ASU also asked the FBI to review the video for any possible civil-rights violations.

We left a message for Alane Roby, Ore's Phoenix attorney, but haven't heard back yet.

Click here for update.

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Ersula Ore

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gsonasch
gsonasch

Enough crap.... j walking what the "f" ??? We are free people we are responsible people and if we want to take our happy butts across any ground no matter where that ground is under our ability to judge what is safe and what is not safe why is it we are subject to "regulations" "rules" "laws" that are in place just to corner us into being controlled by government. Government wants to control us and remove our ability to judge for ourselves what is safe and reasonable and logical.. J walking just another unnecessary law in place to be used against individuals with enough sense to understand how to cross a street without having to be in between man made lines that do nothing more then control our freedom to walk where the "f" we want to walk. If I want to cross the street I will cross the street looking both ways and walking. Why should I walk a block or so out of my way to appease who? Government bullies? Any individual with good judgement who is "FREE" should be able to judge when and where they place one foot in front of the other. Enough crap like this, it is a form of intimidation and makes us feel stupid and inferior to the people getting paid to protect us not unjustly find wrong in our judgments. Teling us to put our hands behind our backs, why should I or you trust the person telling us to give up the freedom of movement of my hands? God how stupid is j walking laws? She should have been walked to the curb and given a ticket not told to put her hands behind her back and tossed to the ground like rubbish. What was the need to "tell" her to put her hands behind her back, what was the need to arrest her at all? Then intimidate her into pleading anything? Making her a criminal. What about the cop who walked in the street right next to her, he was j walking then too and he didn't have to plead anything or be on probation for 9 months? This cop is to serve and protect not intimidate and abuse us. In my good judgement, the officer used unnecessary force under the circumstances for a j walker... who came up with "j walking" laws" those pedestrian crossing lines do not stop cars from hitting people and are no safer then crossing a street with good judgement anywhere! These kind of horror stories that I read daily makes my head want to explode from the stupidity and reality of how controlled we truly are in what we seem to think is a "free" country. HUM This is not freedom!

johnnypinks
johnnypinks

Contrary to popular belief on these comment boards the majority of cops are very upset by the few who go out of their way to give us a bad name. Specifically when it comes to ASU Police there are many of us unhappy about what’s been going on to the point where employees created a blog to hold the guilty accountable.

To see how you can help rid the community of corruption contact us out at:

https://network23.org/theintegrityreport/

lessing1919
lessing1919

Jaywalking does NOT justify the act of handcuffing! Handcuffs are for arresting *criminals. Handcuffs is a symbol for criminals, it causes huge psychological damages to a normal good citizen as well as injure human dignity. The campus police is very wrong in "handcuffing" the professor. This public humiliation by handcuffs will cause this professor long-term psychological damages!

dlenfers
dlenfers

The only way Ersula Ore would have been found not guilty of all charges if it had gone to trial and there was one or more individuals on the jury that would have been willing to stick to their guns for however long it took and pressed the jury for a nullification of all charges based on the fact that although both individuals were acting completely over the top given the circumstances, it was officer Ferrin that got the ball rolling, and Ore then questioned him about his reasoning and demeanor in what was also a elevated tone.


Ferrin probably didn't intend to anything but chastise the 'idiot' in the road that almost caused him to hit her and let her go on her way.  Given the conditions of a blocked off street that everyone and their brother is jaywalking and never bothered by the Campus Police over it, Ore couldn't understand his reasoning or demeanor and lit into him verbally over it.


Denying the officer his original intent, he upped the stakes and they kept raising each other.  So they can both be blamed for what turned into a really ridiculous outcome.  I view it as the law is technically on the officers side, but the citizen right to question him about what seems like a ridiculous petty stop and elevated attitude on his part may be viewed as pragmatically wrong, but still within her rights.


If I were on her jury I would have seriously doubt that the officers original intent to chastise and release was not elevated by the fact he didn't like Ore giving him lip, so to speak.  And I think that was very unprofessional of him.  He should have been working to reverse course and de-escalate the situation, not make it worse by elevating those stakes over giving lip, when it was he that started it with the intention to give her lip.


So I have to say that this gone to trial and I had been on the jury, and all the facts and statements we currently have available to us remained the same, I would be the one pushing for nullification and the jury would find itself either agreeing with me or we would be there until it was hung.


However, Ersula Ore has accepted the plea bargain, which I believe is a very pragmatic thing to do.  Finally she gets it, whether she is actually accepting her participation in this mess or not.  Fight with the law and the law wins.  Well, most of the time anyhow.


Now the question remains.  Is officer Ferrin going to accept the reprimand that is probably going into his file, or not.

Ponder
Ponder

Seems she took a page from arpaios antics and pandered to the public for personal gain and notoriety.

Both are despicable individuals.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Ferrin, a rookie who as of 2012 worked as an ASU police dispatcher with his stepmom ...


LOL! ... so one step above Shopping Mall security guard.



fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office reviewed the video and threw the book at Ore.


Justice served.  Apparently her racist bullshit didn't float.  

srussell1234
srussell1234

Hmmm so a person of color claimed police brutality and then when confronted with a video changed their story - I have never heard of such a thing ever happening before.

looker
looker

I beg to differ with you - I definitely see a lawsuit in the future.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@johnnypinks ... contrary to your pathetic apologetics, the MAJORITY of PIGS tolerate, encourage, protect and cover-up for the Violent, Lowlife, Racist, Bigoted, Criminal Thuggery of their fellow Swine in Blue.



fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@johnnypinks


Here is something NOT contrary to popular belief dimwit, posting the same shit over and over and over does not gain you a larger audience.

johnnypinks
johnnypinks

@lessing1919 

Contrary to popular belief on these comment boards the majority of cops are very upset by the few who go out of their way to give us a bad name. Specifically when it comes to ASU Police there are many of us unhappy about what’s been going on to the point where employees created a blog to hold the guilty accountable.

To see how you can help rid the community of corruption contact us out at:

https://network23.org/theintegrityreport/


NoLyes
NoLyes

@dlenfers You wouldn't get to be a juror unless you lied. The laws are to be upheld, not for you to judge what laws are ok and which ones are not.

llewelyndavis
llewelyndavis

@dlenfers I agree that both Ore and Officer Ferrin were behaving badly.  However, it seems pretty clear to me from listening to the entire audio recording that Ore is primarily responsible for the escalation.  Had she just produced her ID--or provided accurately her full name and address--this wouldn't have happened.  Now Officer Ferrin was being a jerk for detaining Ore for jaywalking in the area around the ASU campus to begin with . . . a polite warning without detaining Ore would have been the appropriate response.


In light of the absurdity of the detention, I too would have "nullified" if I were on the jury.   

johnnypinks
johnnypinks

@dlenfers 



Contrary to popular belief on these comment boards the majority of cops are very upset by the few who go out of their way to give us a bad name. Specifically when it comes to ASU Police there are many of us unhappy about what’s been going on to the point where employees created a blog to hold the guilty accountable.


To see how you can help rid the community of corruption contact us out at:


https://network23.org/theintegrityreport/


dlenfers
dlenfers

And yes for any spelling and grammar Nazis out there, I do see my errors and missing words.  My God I hate opinion sites that don't allow for editing out your mistakes if you happen to be called away for a few minutes and miss that small window of opportunity.

johnnypinks
johnnypinks

@DonkeyHotay 

Contrary to popular belief on these comment boards the majority of cops are very upset by the few who go out of their way to give us a bad name. Specifically when it comes to ASU Police there are many of us unhappy about what’s been going on to the point where employees created a blog to hold the guilty accountable.

To see how you can help rid the community of corruption contact us out at:

https://network23.org/theintegrityreport/


TiltingaTwindMills
TiltingaTwindMills

@fishingblues  Many initially claimed this might be racism - Prof. Ore's lawyer stated flatly in court that it wasn't about race, however.

johnnypinks
johnnypinks

@looker 

Contrary to popular belief on these comment boards the majority of cops are very upset by the few who go out of their way to give us a bad name. Specifically when it comes to ASU Police there are many of us unhappy about what’s been going on to the point where employees created a blog to hold the guilty accountable.

To see how you can help rid the community of corruption contact us out at:

https://network23.org/theintegrityreport/

Ponder
Ponder

I agree. The cop should sue the shit out of her and her and her employer for defamation, libel and slander.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@looker 

Going to be tough since she admitted to guilt, even partially. 

She should have never plead guilty. Watch her lose her job now as well.

She might have some what of a case, but it won't be as strong.

We'll see.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@looker 

She has no case, particularly now that she's admitted guilt.

She will of course, get to keep all that money she collected and didn't have to give to lawyers.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@johnnypinks ... in accordance with Popular Belief, a large portion of Cops are lowlife, racist, violent, Neanderthal scumbags who cower behind their badges and guns.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@johnnypinko ... contrary to your crackwhore mother's assertions, she really has no idea which one of her myriad tricks was actually your sperm donor.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@johnnypinko <== another shitsucking criminal-cop apologist

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cozz ... not necessarily, since many Fascist States -- Arizona it is assumed -- have made it a crime for a citizen to resist ANY arrest, even if that underlying arrest is 100% unlawful and erroneous. 


Extreme Example -- the cop could literally say "Hey Blackie, I'm arresting you for being Black" and then begin to restrain and cuff the innocent victim. If the victim resists that arrest, they would be guilty of the crime of resisting arrest, notwithstanding the grossly unlawful civil rights violations by the cop in question.


In Amerikkka, you WILL OBEY AUTHORITY -- even if Authority is 100% wrong, unethical, immoral and illegal.


Those civil rights violations and criminal acts by the racist lowlife bigoted cop could still be prosecuted, and not mitigated one bit by the obscenity of forcing the victim to plead guilty to the separate "resisting arrest" charge.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@valleynative 

Once again, BULLSHIT and once again, for such a smart guy, you don't have a clue what your talking about.

No, she can't sue over the arrest for false arrest, but she can sue for constitutional violations if they were in fact violated and she can prove it.

2 total different issues.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative ... if she was resisting arrest, what was she being arrested for in the first place?



fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@johnnypinks 


Damn, are you and the babs both residents of the same loony bin?  You people are simply NOT normal.


Dumb-ass spammer. 

johnnypinks
johnnypinks

@fishingblues @dlenfers  Wow, more intellectual thought provoking content that sounds like fapping again. Did you check the site big guy, or are you not here to talk about the issues?

johnnypinks
johnnypinks

@DonkeyHotay @Cozz  If you don't like it here in AZ or America travel outside this nation to see how others live. Your ignorance is epic.

TiltingaTwindMills
TiltingaTwindMills

@DonkeyHotay Entirely appropriate to force compliance with arrests - because a system where someone could decide whether or not they chose to be arrested would be ludicrous.


Every cop:"Hey, put your hands behind your back"


Every accused person: "No, officer, I don't agree with the charges, as I'm innocent"


"Okay, man, no biggie - hey, tell you what we'll hit you up on the phone later to see if you're ready to submit to handcuffing, cool?"


Guffaw.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay

Makes total sense.

It can also be further litigated by her in a Federal Civil suit if the grounds are there for it.

I went through something kind of similar. LOL...

I was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, endangerment and discharge of a firearm at a non residential structure. I Plead guilty to discharge of a firearm at a non residential structure, deemed non dangerous by the courts.

I sued in Federal Court for several constitutional violations by MCSO and Maricopa County settled before it went to trial.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Cozz 

Sure, she can sue for anything, but she's not going to win, because the jury is going to see what an ass she was.

 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @valleynative 

I don't think I've ever seen that reported.  Doesn't matter though.  You can see in the video that she was disobeying the lawful orders of a police officer.


fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@johnnypinks @fishingblues @dlenfers


"fapping"? fucking moron.


 Most intelligent people pegged you for the spammer you are after your second repeated post of your silly little site.  Of course shit-stain, you are so stupid you decided to post the exact same content 50 more times.   


So, I am talking about the "issues".  I have an issue with scum sucking spammers.   

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@johnnypinko ... already worn out more passports than you'll even be issued, you myopic ignorant dipshit.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@TiltingaTwindMills "Entirely appropriate to force compliance with arrests - because a system where someone could decide whether or not they chose to be arrested would be ludicrous."


Spoken with a German accent like Joseph Goebbels!

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Correction, Maricopa County settled the second day of the Federal civil suit trial. It was not looking good for them after the first day.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@valleynative 

Is that your expert, know it all, crystal ball opinion ?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative "I don't think I've ever seen that reported.  Doesn't matter though"


It certainly does, without an underlying offense/charge for being arrested, there is no arrest to resist in the first place.


"Resisting Arrest" is a secondary, derivative charge, subsequent to an arrest for some other offense.


Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@valleynative 

No, thats actually what sheep do when they are being beaten to death by authority.


Give it a try and let us know how it works out for you.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Cozz 

No crystal ball needed.  Just a little  perspicacity.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @valleynative 

Since she agrees that she was resisting arrest, then clearly there was an arrest that she was resisting.  You haven't begun to suggest why it should matter what that arrest was for in the context of her being guilty of resisting it.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative


+2 points for correctly using perspicacity in a sentence


- 2 points for falsely claiming you have any


Final score = 0



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative "Since she agrees that she was resisting arrest, then clearly there was an arrest that she was resisting."


People "agree" to a lot of miscarriages of justice when forced to at the barrel of the gun that is the Criminal JustUs System in the U$A.


Surrendering to a lesser injustice to avoid being abused by a biased, unfair, institutionally racist prosecutorial system doesn't make the lesser charge just ... anymore than eliciting a "confession" after torture proves anything.



Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@valleynative 

I would have never pout myself in that situation to begin with.

But you can bet your ass if I ran into some jerk off cop that thought it was OK to start physically abusing me because of a badge and gun, I would fight back with anything and everything at my disposal, including killing a cop which is justified under the law as well if my life or the lives of my family depended on it. 

You on the other hand, I'd probably watch it happen.


Now, I suppose your going to say killing a cop in self defense is against the law, and of course, as usual, you'd be wrong again.

johnnypinks
johnnypinks

@DonkeyHotay


I bet DonkeyHotay has, unlike most people, an extensive history with police and now he's blaming them for stuff he did like every other criminal bitch with an itch.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @valleynative 

Then, of course, there's the video, that shows her being a complete ass, refusing to obey the lawful orders of a peace officer, and resisting arrest.

But I guess the video camera is biased and unfair, right genius?

 

TiltingaTwindMills
TiltingaTwindMills

@DonkeyHotay @valleynative  It's impressive that you two just talked about this for as long as you did without just going and looking up what the charges were.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Cozz Wow, do you ever read what you post?  Can you make any sense of it?  You obviously flunked every English class you ever had.  There are so many errors in your little diatribe, they are too numerous to count.  As an example when you stated that you never "pout" yourself  were you actually saying that you often poot yourself?   Do you not care that what you write makes absolutely no sense?  


I marvel that Valley has the patience to play with you.  You are so intellectually inferior.  I don't know how he is not bored stiff.  

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Cozz 

You enjoy telling people what they think and then telling them they're wrong, don't you?

In a situation like this one, which you claim to have enough sense to avoid, in which a cop is giving a lawful order for you to put your hands behind your back, you have no legal right to do otherwise.

Similarly, if you're innocently walking down the street, minding your own business, and a cop shouts "Police, Halt", you'd best not take off running, or you're likely to be arrested, even though there was no apparent reason for him to order you to stop.  You don't get to decide whether he was right to stop you.  A judge does.

 

johnnypinks
johnnypinks

@valleynative


you are having a battle of wits with unarmed people. clearly these guys have histories with police and can't take responsibility for their actions. It's even more upsetting nobody has pity for them. Maybe they were on momma's tit too long and the police arrested her? I don't know.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative "being a complete ass"


The Right of the People to be a Complete Ass Shall Not Be Infringed!


@valleynative "refusing to obey the lawful orders"


Well, there's the rub. Were they in fact "lawful orders" ?


HipTip: Just because some bigoted angry pig with a badge and a gun barks "orders", it doesn't make them lawful.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@TiltingaTwindMills ... quite less amazing than your willfully blind ignorance of a grossly corrupt and institutionally racist Amerikkkan JustUs System.

johnnypinks
johnnypinks

@Cozz @DonkeyHotay 

Contrary to popular belief on these comment boards the majority of cops are very upset by the few who go out of their way to give us a bad name. Specifically when it comes to ASU Police there are many of us unhappy about what’s been going on to the point where employees created a blog to hold the guilty accountable.

To see how you can help rid the community of corruption contact us out at:

https://network23.org/theintegrityreport/

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@fishingblues 

Fuck off Jaffy, adults are having a conversation here and I won't bet bated into lowering myself any further to deal with your sorry Troll ass..

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@valleynative 

No, just you since you are proven to be wrong more than you're ever right.

Are you sure your not related to Jaffy ?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @valleynative 

You're being the bigot here, by assuming, contrary to the evidence, that the cop is a "bigoted angry pig".

Apparently you didn't watch the video.  He's being overly polite.  If he had acted at all "angry" with her, he might have been able to get her to comply with his lawful order to put her hands behind her back.  Instead he allowed her to think that she would be able to bully him.

That is, by the way, nearly always a lawful order, particularly when given to a violent person like that idiot.

 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Cozz 


"bet bated"???   But I will give you credit for using "your" correctly this time.  (It's the possessive form that confuses your little mind isn't it?)


Just for my enlightenment, is "jaffy" the name you use for everyone who hands you your ass? 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Cozz @valleynative 

What part of what I said do you believe that refutes?


Of course you can shoot in a case like that.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative ... the Bigoted Hostile Pig has obviously done something wrong -- he's been SUSPENDED and is STILL SUSPENDED and is under investigation.


hth.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@valleynative 

Now wait a minute, a few posts ago you said adults would allow themselves to be abused and fight it out in court.

So which is it ?

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@valleynative 

Now I know your related to Jaffy...

What color is the sky in your world ?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @valleynative 

He's been placed on leave during the investigation, which is SOP.  It's not a punishment.


Are you absolutely sure you want to go on record as saying that if a person is being investigated, that they must have done something wrong?


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Cozz @valleynative 

You really can't see a distinction between being told by a traffic cop to put your hands behind your back and having people break into your home?  Really?


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative ... investigation for what? ... violating the law and/or official procedures!


Are you sure you want to go on record as saying that the government routinely suspends and initiates investigations against innocent people?



Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@valleynative 

Your right, I have to agree on the point you're making.

I am taking it to a whole different level than what it is.

I agree with some of your points, but not all and thats ok too..

Sorry for calling you Jaffy, no one else could be that bad and I can only guess how demeaning it could be to be referred to as such.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @valleynative 

So you are saying that if the government even suspects that a person might be guilty of something, they must be guilty.

I knew you were dumb, but shooting yourself in the foot like that is pretty classic.


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Cozz 

ok. I see your points, too.

It's hard to take being called Jaffy too seriously.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative So you are saying that the government routinely suspends and investigates INNOCENT PEOPLE, eh?


How's that foot?


Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

 @valleynative 

If you'd get your head out of your butt, you'd see it happens more than it should.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @valleynative 

Doesn't matter.  The point is that you don't know that he's guilty any more than you know that this woman was guilty because she was arrested.

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