Case against ASU professor Ersula Ore delayed

TEMPE, AZ - More than fifty people, including ASU professors, packed into a courtroom to support Ersula Ore, the woman accused of assaulting an officer.

The judge pushed Ore’s case back till next week.

She faces charges of: aggravated assault, criminal damage to property, refusal to provide truthful name during arrest and obstruction a highway.

On May 20, ASU police say Officer Stewart Ferrin stopped Ore for jaywalking.

Ore argued with Ferrin for a few minutes and refused to hand over her ID, according to police.

The argument escalated into a physical altercation. Police say Ore kicked an officer in the shin after being handcuffed.

Ore says she was walking in the street because construction work obstructed the sidewalk.

Ore’s Attorney Alane Roby says the officer violated her client’s constitutional right.

Roby says she has also obtained additional cellphone video from bystanders that was taken during the struggle.

“This isn’t about a professor wanting differential treatment,” said Roby. “It isn’t her demand for anything but respect to the adherence to her constitutional rights.”

The school said Wednesday said a preliminary review found Officer Ferrin neither racially profiled Ore nor used excessive force.

Ferrin is currently on paid administrative leave while authorities investigate.

ASU police say the Maricopa County Attorney's Office will review the case.


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