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No Respect: A Prickly Professor's Violent Arrest by a Badge-Heavy Cop Brings Out the Bully in ASU

Don't expect any apology from Stewart Ferrin.

The former Arizona State University police officer regrets nothing about the way he handled the arrest last year of assistant professor Ersula Ore.

Not the way he threatened to slam her into his patrol car or how he arrested her for what many would call, at most, a jaywalking violation on a college-town side street.

You may have seen the viral video of Ore's May 20 takedown, filmed by the dash-cam in Ferrin's patrol car.

Since it first was aired by a local news station on June 27, hundreds of thousands of people have seen how Ore stood up for her perceived rights after getting confronted by Ferrin in the middle of College Avenue. With the hood of the patrol car as a prop, the black professor struggled with the white officer as he tried to handcuff her. He threw her to the ground. When she was cuffed and helped to her feet, she lashed out with a kick to Ferrin's shin.

"As police officers, we are reacting to what is presented to us," Ferrin, 25, says. "Her attitude set the tone. Her actions determined the outcome. I stand by my decisions that I made that night."

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.
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