An Arizona State University professor who was arrested by campus police last month is claiming self-defense, and the incident is getting a whole lot more attention now that 3TV has obtained video of it. According to police reports, Ore said she was trying to cross College Avenue in the same fashion as several others trying to avoid construction.
OFFICER: Let me see your ID or you will be arrested for failing to provide ID
ORE: Are you serious?
OFFICER: Yes, I’m serious. That is the law. If you don’t understand the law I’m explaining the law to you...
ORE: …I never once saw a single solitary individual get pulled over by a cop for walking across a street on a campus, in a campus location. Everybody has been doing this because it is all obstructed. That’s the reason why. But you stop me in the middle of the street to pull me over and ask me, ‘Do you know what this is? This is a street.’…
OFFICER: Are you aware this is a street?
ORE: Let me finish
OFFICER: OK, put your hands behind your back
ORE: Don’t touch me, get your hands off me…
OFFICER: …Put your hands behind your back right now. I’m going to slam you on this car. Put your hand behind your back
ORE: You really want to do that? Do you see what I’m wearing? Do you see?
OFFICER: I don’t care what you are wearing.
ORE: Don’t talk to me like that. This entire thing has been about your lack of respect for me.
The situation devolved from there. The video depicts Ore being slammed to ground by Ferrin
... Ore will be charged with “assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, refusing to provide identification when requested to do so by an officer, and obstructing a highway or public thoroughfare.” After reviewing the video and other evidence, ASU determined there was “no evidence of inappropriate actions by the ASUPD officers involved.”
Unfortunately, this kind of incident is not uncommon. Last year another African American academic was subject to harsh treatment by the police when she was pulled over for a broken license plate tag holder.
A 2003 study in the Justice Policy Journal found “racially discriminatory policing is a white versus people of color problem, specifically interpersonal conflict between white police officers and people of color.” Further, recent Supreme Court cases have empower a “racist police officer to elevate the effects of racial profiling by allowing him discretion as to whether to issue a citation or to take a person into custody for minor traffic violations and fine-only misdemeanors.”
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