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Allegations of excessive force surround ASU professor's arrest

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TEMPE, Ariz. - Dash camera video from a police officer's squad car shows what happened when an Arizona State University English professor was arrested.

An officer confronted the professor walking in the middle of the street and it quickly escalated.

Now, there have been allegations of excessive force, some even question if the arrest was racially motivated.

In the video, the officer asks the professor several times to put her hands behind her back, even warning her that he will slam her on the car if she doesn't cooperate.

He ultimately forces her to the ground.

>>Watch the full video of the encounter captured on a dash cam here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BU9Zjfphuto the alleged assault on the police officer happens at 4:10 as she is being helped back up.

That professor is now facing assault charges after she allegedly kicked the officer during her arrest.

The video from the ASU police officer's car shows Ersula Ore being arrested.  Before being taken to the ground, the professor was repeatedly asked to put her hands behind her back.

"Don't talk to me like this.. this entire thing has been about your lack of respect for me, for me as a citizen, as a professor.. of Arizona State University.."

Police say Ore was walking in the middle of a Tempe street when officers nearly hit her with their car.

In a statement, ASU says the officer had no intention of citing or arresting Ore, but says when she refused to comply or provide an ID, she was arrested.

"Arizona State University authorities have reviewed the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the arrest of Assistant Professor Ersula Ore and have found that the officer involved did not violate protocol and no evidence was found of racial motivation by the ASU Police Department officers involved.

However, the ASU Police Department is enlisting an outside law-enforcement agency to conduct an independent review on whether excessive force was used and if there was any racial motivation by the officers involved. In addition, although no university police protocols were violated, university police are conducting a review of whether the officer involved could have avoided the confrontation that ensued.

According to the police report, ASU Police initially spoke to Assistant Professor Ore because officers patrolling the area nearly hit her with their police vehicle as they turned the vehicle onto College Avenue to investigate a disabled vehicle. Officer Stewart Ferrin had no intention of citing or arresting Ore, but for her safety told her to walk on the sidewalk. When Ore refused to comply and refused to provide identification after she was asked for it multiple times, she was subsequently arrested.

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office has independently reviewed all available evidence, including the police report, witness statements, and audio and video recordings of the incident, and decided to press criminal charges of 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. The charge of assaulting an officer is based on the fact that Dr. Ore kicked the officer as is shown on the video and as she admitted in her recorded statements to the police."


After being handcuffed, Ore could be seen kicking the officer.  

She is facing a number of charges, including assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.

An attorney for Dr. Ore says she is taking time to focus on herself and would not talk with us about the incident.

A hearing is set for July 3.
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