Ersula Ore Support From Viral Video Results in Officer Being Put on Leave

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Image: YouTube
Under pressure from supporters of professor Ersula Ore, Arizona State University announced on Wednesday that the officer who arrested her in May has been put on leave.

The power of a viral video seems to be at work here, since ASU had previously ruled that the actions of ASU police officer Stewart Ferrin were A-okay. Since Channel 3 News, (KTVK-TV) obtained and aired Ferrin's dash-cam video of the May 20 arrest, though, ASU's been back-pedaling furiously.

See also:
-Professor Ersula Ore Arrest to be Reviewed by ASU and Outside Agency After Video Goes Viral

Ore's being prosecuted for felony aggravated assault and three misdemeanors related to her confrontation with Ferrin on College Avenue near Fifth Street in Tempe. But once that video took off, angering the black community and many others who watched it, (and entertaining the rest), ASU decided Ferrin's actions needed review from an outside agency. It announced this decision in a news release late Sunday night, after it was besieged by calls from news media around the country.

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Ersula Ore's mug shot
On Wednesday, ASU posted on its news website that the university "has placed ASU police officer Stewart Ferrin on paid administrative leave."

The short message goes on to say: "A preliminary review by ASU PD of Ferrin's arrest of ASU assistant professor Ersula Ore found that Ferrin did not engage in racial profiling or use excessive force. However, as part of its ongoing review of the incident, the university has asked the FBI to determine if there were any civil rights violations."

The move to put Ferrin on leave comes a few weeks after the Maricopa County Attorney's Office has begun criminal proceedings against Ore, an assistant professor of rhetoric and English and former Penn State University instructor.

The debacle began, reportedly, when Ore became offended that Ferrin spoke to her disrespectfully as he attempted to enforce an anti-jaywalking law. As hundreds of thousands of video viewers have now seen, the squabble ended up in front of the dash-cam of Ferrin's patrol car. After reviewing the video long before it was released to the public, prosecutors decided to move forward with charges against Ore, including the aforementioned felony, plus resisting arrest, obstructing a road, and refusing to give her name to a police officer. However, intelligent people are now disagreeing over whether the video shows an example of police brutality, or a woman who is wrongfully resisting arrest.

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Image: Tom Story via asunews.asu.edu
Stewart Ferrin, as an ASU police dispatcher in 2012.
Also this week, Channel 3 reported that Ferrin is being accused of being too rough in a second incident. Recent ASU graduate Jason Heckendorn and his lawyer complained to the TV station that Ferrin had been too "aggressive" while arresting Heckendorn for shoving him, and Heckendorn -- who's being prosecuted for "several felony charges" -- rationalizes that he "resisted being pushed (by Ferrin) by natural instinct." Lame excuse by man facing felony charges, or more evidence that Ferrin's out of control? To us, this story has a dogpile feel, but it can't be said that Channel 3 is not on top of this case.

Meanwhile, nearly 14,000 people have signed a petition supporting Ore on moveon.org. Ore's also taking donations for her legal defense on a website created on May 29, apparently by Ore.

ASU can't afford to take heat, especially if there's a racial component. And after all that hard work last month melding its brand with Starbucks, with the goal of obtaining 100,000 students for its online degree program. Look for another ASU marketing ploy soon to push the Ore headlines down in the search rankings...

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Daniel Riley
Daniel Riley

People are rude to me all the time in my line of profession. It doesn't give me the right to body slam them. Was the professor being an ass? Absolutely. Did she deserve to get slammed down on the concrete for it? No. Anyone who thinks officers should be allowed to physically attack someone just for being rude is seriously deranged.

kidcapri
kidcapri

Was she jaywalking or walking down the middle of the street? 


The latter would make me believe she had a mental illness, pretty common for cops to deal with people like this.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

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Rule #1 = Cops are violent scum


Rule #2 = see rule #1




BethandMike Heywood
BethandMike Heywood

Sorry, but that is NOT a mugshot. If it was, there would be heighth numbers behind her on the wall! Sounds like the new times magazine is going with the propoganda of this officer being in the right! The way he handled it was NOT! As a magazine your supposed to be neutral! There's better photos you could have put up there! Most of us see right through your propoganda! Shame on you!

Lakeisha  Williams
Lakeisha Williams

In addition to the film footage 1)According to a family member who's retired NYPD. Cops have assignments. This means Each shift has area priorities. Each officer has duties and a route. These include trouble spots as dictated by the C.O./commanding officer. Night shifts run on a skeleton crew. So more than likely the C.O. is a lieutenant. Now with that being said. One can find officers around the same place at the same times each night unless there is an emergent situation or the officer is not in compliance with route duties. 2) ASU Tempe is a large campus. However, this incident happened on a Tuesday or Wednesday late evening. After, Dr. Ore finished her last class. As we both understand most collegiate evening class meet around 530p and end around 730p.m. At this time the usual hustle and bustle of ppl as quieted to a small fraction of it's dat time pace. 3) According to google, the average age of an ASU student is 22. By the looks of Dr. Ore, she hadn't seen 20s in a while. She is unmistakably middle aged. 4) According to Dr. Ore's statement, she was walking home as per her usual route due to construction in the area. 5) Conclusion. Ofr. Ferrin being an upstanding gentleman completes his routes as instructed each shift. Being a trained officer, he has a heightened sense of awareness and sharp assessment taking skills. Because classes are scheduled specifically and Ofr. Ferrins route/beat is "campus schedule" specific... This means that c.o. knows the class schedule and flow off traffic on and off campus. The c.o. will make an effort to assign officers to be in place during these times to reduce response times in emergent situations. Soooo, these two were basically on the same schedule. In the same area. More than once. One can surmise that Dr. Ore and Ofr. Ferrin have observed each other more than once during their nightly routine. He may not have been totally assured of her teaching status, however Dr. Ore is not the age or race of the avg student on the Tempe campus. Therefore, Ofr. Ferrin understood that this woman was not just a simple Jay-walker. She was singled out. Yes he knew who she was. Thanks

SeedyWard
SeedyWard

Maybe this will be an exception to the "cops always walk" rule?

Roy Vasquez
Roy Vasquez

I hope they prosecute the fuckin pig the abuse of power by them has gotten out of control and it needs to stop

Christine Nimitz
Christine Nimitz

So, if she died, the cop would be at fault, but since she didn't, he's not?

Christine Nimitz
Christine Nimitz

Yep, call people stupid or insinuate that they're mentally ill because you can't possibly rise above your cognitive dissonance to recognize that that campus cop acted like a jerk from the start. This was a jaywalking issue, not a dangerous crime & yet excessive force was used.

Vicki Culver Stockton
Vicki Culver Stockton

And people need to understand that the officer wasn't arresting her for jaywalking. He was arresting her for non-compliance when she refused to show her id. I think she's a drama queen who's totes full of herself and her lousy asu prof status.

Vicki Culver Stockton
Vicki Culver Stockton

It's common practice for cops to use small infractions of the law as opportunities to ask for identification, run that id through their database, and potentially find someone who has a felony warrant. That's really not unusual. It's the refusal to produce the id that got this lady in trouble. You can't just have the public pick and choose when they'll comply with law enforcement. Like it or not, they are what's preventing complete lawlessness.

Jessi Lee
Jessi Lee

I would have expected the same treatment if I refused to do anything the officer said. At what point do you stop asking nicely, how many times can you command action? Police officers are authority figures...that means, unless they're asking you to do something immoral or illegal, you do it. It's very simple.

Daphni Randle
Daphni Randle

And she lost that right when she BROKE THE LAW!!!!

wackus4
wackus4

It's not the law that she has to show her ID and as you can see in the video there was no traffic at all and multiple individuals "jaywalking" in the background.  

Billy Farmer
Billy Farmer

hmm, still, fuck the police, getting stopped for crossing the street, "illegally" or not is some bullshit

Robert Coulter
Robert Coulter

cop may or may not have been a dick, but you don't get to make up the rules because you're a professor. she clearly wanted the spotlight.

Kyle Holschlag
Kyle Holschlag

All she had to do was produce an ID. She's using her status as a professor to get away with being an ass.

ray.stern
ray.stern moderator

Hi. Thanks for writing. If you know of another police mug shot from that arrest, please email it to me and I'll use it for a future blog post. The picture captioned "Ersula Ore's mug shot" above is the only police mug shot of Ore I've seen. Ray

NoLyes
NoLyes

@SeedyWard  nope, it didnt go down the way the lying author wrote up his version of the incident. She will do time. The stop was a chance encounter. No profiling involved. She is a snotty women, she ran into a snotty cop, who didnt take her snotty crap.

wackus4
wackus4

If she died by crossing the street on a street that is closed!!  She crossed the street with other people doing the same.  It's interesting that a bystander would call 911 to say the cop was being way too aggressive isn't it? 

NoLyes
NoLyes

Dr. Ore's snotty attitude and mouth was her crime. The final kicker was her kick.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Vicki Culver Stockton <== submissive government sycophant

NoLyes
NoLyes

spot on. prejudiced people, just dont want to hear that. Jaywalking and her emotional snotty attitude, did herself in.

wackus4
wackus4

Non compliance to what?  She is not required to show her ID unless she is committing a criminal activity.  So if jaywalking down a closed street is criminal even though other people were doing the same.  Than maybe you have a point. LOL

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Daphni Randle  ... you lost all rights when you grew up stupid.

sdmike99
sdmike99

@wackus4  Did you find an Arizona statute that indicates she does not have to show her ID?

The other day I spent considerable time searching for definitive proof. All I found was that Arizona is one of 24 states with Stop and Identify laws. But I was unable to find an appropriate statute that applies to the professor's situation.

I did find multiple examples of similar instances (in Arizona) where someone under suspicion (no vehicle involved) was asked to produce an ID or they would be arrested. Seems unlikely they were all misinterpreting the state statute. But I suppose it's possible.

Plus why was she charged with refusing to provide identification when requested to do so by an officer? Did they also misinterpret the statute? Mmm.
 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... since when do you need ID to be a pedestrian?



NoLyes
NoLyes

@wackus4  The street wasn't closed. She was just to snotty for her own good. What do you expect the cop to do? kiss her ass?

wackus4
wackus4

@NoLyes That's a good reply so an innocent citizen doesn't have the right to have an attitude!  Get a clue! Know your rights!!

NoLyes
NoLyes

@wackus4  The street wasnt closed, see the cars parked on the side. How did those car get there, the same way the cop car got there.

sdmike99
sdmike99

@wackus4 That does seem to be what the cop concluded, doesn't it? Namely, that jaywalking met the standard for demanding an ID.

wackus4
wackus4

@sdmike99 @wackus4 It doesn't matter what the Arizona statute says there has already been a court ruling on it. In Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial District Court of Nevada, the Supreme Court upheld state laws requiring citizens to reveal their identity when officers have reasonable suspicion to believe criminal activity may be taking place. Commonly known as "stop-and-identify" statutes, these laws permit police to arrest criminal suspects who refuse to identify themselves.  So if you're telling me this female professor was really committing an illegal act by jaywalking across a street that is closed for construction. 

wackus4
wackus4

@NoLyes @wackus4  With the construction on college and 5th street that street is closed just because signs say a street is closed doesn't mean cars won't disregard them and park there.  http://www.millavenue.com/business/under-construction

If you don't go around the area than please don't comment about something you don't know about.  I live and work by the area and the street is closed!

wackus4
wackus4

@NoLyes @wackus4 It's not like she was the only one crossing the street.  He picked her out of others doing the exact same thing.  If you were singled out and harassed how would you feel?

wackus4
wackus4

@NoLyes @wackus4 Take a trip to College and 5th street and maybe you will know what is really going on down that street.

wackus4
wackus4

@sdmike99 @wackus4 Than what's the difference between any of the other bystanders doing the same thing?  If he is going to question and interrogate the professor than he should have done the same to all the other pedestrians that were doing the same thing.  Why did it take a 911 call from a witness there to point out how the officer was out of line?  

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