Black ASU prof beaten by campus cops without provocation, charged with assault

A reader writes, "ASU Police beat the crap out of a black professor for walking in the street around construction, throwing her against a police car so hard that they damaged the car. Then they charge her with felony assault."

“Put your hand behind your back. I’m going to slam you on this car. Put your hand behind your back,” Ferrin said.

“You really want to do that? Do you see what I’m wearing? Do you see?” Ore said.

She was wearing a black dress and after being "slammed" onto the car, she was wrestled to the ground. Her dress hiked up and her body was exposed.

While both Ore and Ferrin suffered some minor injuries, Ore was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer in addition to criminal damage and obstructing a thoroughfare. She intends to fight the charges.

Raw video: ASU professor arrested after struggle with police [Kristine Harrington/AZ Family]

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  1. It seems to me that you implicitly assume that a cop harassing someone for being in the road for any reason, especially when there's an obvious reason they're there, is something that jus normally happens and is not clearly motivated by racism (I've certainly walked in the road plenty of times and never been harassed for it.) You are also implicitly assuming that the cop is justified in initializing violence due to someone refusing to show ID (which is perfectly legal, you aren't required to show ID to a cop) and not showing him the respect he felt he deserved. Any alleged kicking, etc. happened AFTER the cop decided to harass her AND to initialize violence. From my perspective, that reflexive taking of the cop's side even after he's created a completely unnecessary incident and been the first one to use violence shows a clear authoritarian bias, and shows that you are part of the problem. People like you are why cops have such an easy time getting away with excessive violence and abuse of authority in this country.

  2. If you watch the video (which is provided as a part of the article's context as a hyperlink) you'll notice that she fought back once she had been spun around by her arm, thrown to the ground, had the lower half of her body exposed, put into cuffs (which sounded like they put them on her pretty tight, from the sounds of her screams) and then indeed slammed onto the hood of a car. She then tried to reason with them, and they continued to deflect and condescend. There was no reason to arrest her, or even to stop her from walking across the street.

  3. What disgust me most about this was that I have a feeling that these cops are doing everything "legal" dispute injustice.
    To protect and to serve, they could have told her to try to find another route next time because it might be dangerous for the drivers and herself. They will then learned that most people do walk on the street because the construction company failed to provide alternate route for pedestrians. They should then file a report to follow up with the contractor. This could have been so civil. Instead, they used it as an opportunity to overpower a citizen.

  4. She was arrested for walking while black. This cop had nothing but contempt for her and was responsible for all the violence here. All that he had to do was respectfully ask why she was crossing the street and she would have told him that she had to do it for the construction. He could have then been a helpful cop and said "okay, but be careful and I'll check to see if the construction company can set up a temporary walkway". If she were a white woman, I'm 100% sure that this is exactly what the cop would have done. Instead he had to power trip. A black woman had the gall to question his authority or his lack of respect. She had to be taught a lesson.

    Oh, and she was also charged with damaging the police car (for being bodyslammed against it).

    Screw these police and screw ASU for sticking up for them. Until ASU comes out to support her and not their racist police, I think anybody who is even considering becoming a student or working there should reconsider. ASU is responsible for this vile assault committed in its name.

  5. I am sick of this victim-blaming whenever the police beat someone up.

    Even when the police have the legal power to arrest people, and the legal system backing them up, that does not give them the right to beat people for asserting their humanity.

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