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