ASU police officer on leave after professor Ersula Ore's arrest

TEMPE, AZ - A campus police officer accused of using excessive force on an Arizona State University professor during an arrest is on paid administrative leave.

The school said Wednesday that a preliminary review found Officer Stewart Ferrin neither racially profiled English professor Ersula Ore nor used excessive force in the May 20 arrest.

The university has asked the FBI to determine if there were any civil rights violations.

ASU police say Ore was stopped for walking in the middle of a street near campus and refused to show officers any identification.

They say Ore resisted arrest and 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 supporters say simply putting the officer on leave isn’t good enough.

“The officer needs to be removed from the force. You can’t have an officer manhandling a professor,” Bishop Jeffrey Metcalff said.

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

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