An Arizona State professor feels she was personally violated and physically abused by a police officer for jaywalking. But the campus police department doesn't see anything wrong.
"Stop fighting me and put your hands behind your — "
"Stop touching me."
"Put your hands behind your — "
"Put your hands behind your back!"
"Stoooooop!" (Via KTVK)
"Dr. Ersula Ore was stopped and arrested for allegedly walking down the middle of the street ... back in May. Police say Ore refused to show her license or put her hands behind her back." (Via KYMA)
Ore is an English professor at ASU. She suffered minor injuries during the arrest. Ore was also wearing a dress when the campus police officer took her to the ground, which she says resulted in her dress going up and her being exposed.
"The county attorney's office decided to charge the professor with aggravated assault. However, Ersula Ore says the officer is the one who was out of line." (Via KMSB)
"Do you wish that you had done anything differently that night or no?"
"No. I think I did what I was supposed to do. I was respectful. I simply asked for clarification. I asked to be treated with respect." (Via CNN)
That's not how Arizona State sees things, though. They took the side of the campus police.
In a statement obtained by KTVK, the university says: "ASU authorities have reviewed the circumstances surrounding the arrest and have found no evidence of inappropriate actions by the ASUPD officers involved. Should such evidence be discovered, an additional, thorough inquiry will be conducted and appropriate actions taken."
At least one witness called 911 during the incident, saying police were being "way too aggressive" with the professor. Ore is being charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, in addition to criminal damage and obstructing a thoroughfare.
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