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Arizona State University professor thrown to the ground during a stop for jaywalking

Professor Ersula Ore has been charged with a felony for assaulting an officer.
By Evan Bleier   |   June 30, 2014 at 1:24 PM   |   Comments

PHOENIX, June 30 (UPI) -- An Arizona State University professor who was thrown to the ground during a stop for jaywalking has been charged with a felony for assaulting an officer and resisting arrest.

The encounter between Arizona State University police officer Stewart Ferrin and professor Ersula Ore was captured by his dash cam.

Ferrin stopped Ore because she was walking in the middle of the street and the English professor refused to provide ID.

"The reason I'm talking to you right now is because you are walking in the middle of the street," Ferrin can be heard saying on the dash cam footage. "Let me see your ID or you will be arrested for failing to provide ID."

"Are you serious?" Ore asked. "Yes, I am serious. That is the law," Ferrin replied.

In the altercation that follows, Ore appears to be thrown to the ground and becomes partially exposed because she was wearing a skirt.

"ASU authorities have reviewed the circumstances surrounding the arrest and have found no evidence of inappropriate actions by the ASUPD officers involved," the school said in a statement to the Huffington Post. "Should such evidence be discovered, an additional, thorough inquiry will be conducted and appropriate actions taken."

An outside law-enforcement agency will be reviewing the incident for the ASU Police Department to determine if "excessive force was used and if there was any racial motivation by the officers involved."

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