ASU professor arrested, thrown to ground for jaywalking
An Arizona State professor, Dr. Ersula Ore, feels she was personally violated and physically abused by a police officer for jaywalking. But, the campus police department doesn't see anything wrong. KTVK has the moment. She told the officers to stop, yelling, "Stop touching me!"
KYMA says, "Doctor 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."
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.
KMSB reports, "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."
Speaking with CNN, Ore said, "I think I did what I was supposed to do. I was respectful. I asked for clarification. I asked to be treated with respect, and that was it."
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. She's being charged with aggravated assault on a police officer in addition to criminal damage and obstructing a thoroughfare.
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