Dash Cam video shows Arizona State University assistant professor Dr. Ersula Ore being slammed against a car after being stopped for jaywalking by campus police.
Ore is now facing criminal charges, including assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.
The incident occurred May 20, close to the Arizona State University campus.
The Dash Cam video was only recently obtained by 3TV.
Officer Stewart Ferrin stopped Ore because she was walking in the middle of the street.
The event took a dramatic turn quickly.
OFFICER FERRIN: “Let me see your ID or you will be arrested for failing to provide ID.”
ORE: “Are you serious?”
OFFICER FERRIN: “Yes, I’m serious. That is the law. If you don’t understand the law I’m explaining the law to you…”
ORE: “…I never once saw a single solitary individual get pulled over by a cop for walking across a street on a campus, in a campus location. Everybody has been doing this because it is all obstructed. That’s the reason why. But you stop me in the middle of the street to pull me over and ask me, ‘Do you know what this is? This is a street.’…”
OFFICER FERRIN: “Are you aware this is a street?”
ORE: “Let me finish.”
OFFICER FERRIN: “OK, put your hands behind your back.”
ORE: “Don’t touch me, get your hands off me…”
OFFICER FERRIN: “…Put your hands behind your back right now. I’m going to slam you on this car. Put your hand behind your back.”
ORE: “You really want to do that? Do you see what I’m wearing? Do you see?”
OFFICER FERRIN: “I don’t care what you are wearing.”
ORE: “Don’t talk to me like that. This entire thing has been about your lack of respect for me."
Ore was wearing a black dress and, after she was “slammed” into the car, she was wrestled to the ground.
Her dress moved up her body, and she became exposed.
Ore was handcuffed with the assistance of another officer.
The police claim that Ore kicked the officer in the shin at some point during the altercation. The Dash Cam video does not show this occurring, reports Think Progress.
Ore is claiming self-defense in the case and plans to fight all charges.
"She was exposed, told officer she was exposed," Ore’s Attorney Alane Roby said of her client. "Her dress was up; the officer was reaching toward her anatomy. She felt uncomfortable with hands going there."
Arizona State University has reviewed the footage and released the following statement:
ASU authorities have reviewed the circumstances surrounding the arrest and have found no evidence of inappropriate actions by the ASUPD officers involved. Should such evidence be discovered, an additional, thorough inquiry will be conducted and appropriate actions taken.
Because the underlying criminal charges are pending, there is not much more we can say at this time. The Maricopa County Attorney's Office has 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.