Ersula Ore, a professor at Arizona State University says she was just trying to cross the street when this happened.
Ore, an English professor, claims she was accosted by a university police officer for trying to cross the street back in May.
The officer claims she was walking in the middle of the street and obstructing traffic.
In an interview with CNN Ore says the officer’s first words to here were:
“he asked me if I knew the difference between a street and a sidewalk? .. so rudely as you just did me?”
On the video you can see the officer and Ore began to tussle.
The officers throws her to the ground as another officer runs over to assist him.
Ore screams for passersby to help out.
One man did call 911.
The confrontation, at least the part on the tape, lasts for about 5 minutes.
At the beginning of the tape the officer does ask Ore, a number of times, for her ID because she’s obstructing a public thoroughfare.
Ore can be heard asking the officer repeatedly to be more respectful towards her.
She does not show the officer her identification, but instead kept questioning his reason for stopping her in the first place.
He also asks her more than 10 times to put her hands behind her back and to stop fighting him.
She does not.
She does use profanities towards the officers.
She even kicks one of the officers as well.
Ore faces charges for assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, failing to provide ID and obstruction of a public thoroughfare.
The university said it found “no evidence of inappropriate actions by the ASUPD officers involved.”
It is disturbing to see and hear a woman being treated in what appears to be such a harsh manner.
And, many may think there is a racial element to the stop because the officers are white and the victim is black.
It is true that the video does not show his motivation for stopping her in the first place.
However, I would suggest before you decide or jump to any conclusions that you watch the entire video on line.
Jaywalking Professor – Don Lemon Says, Don’t Jump To Conclusions was originally published on blackamericaweb.com