An Arizona State University professor is now facing felony charges after a simple jaywalking stop quickly escalated into much more.
Newly released footage of Dr. Ersula Ore’s arrest shows her struggling with campus police for a prolonged period of time, and that the entire incident was a result of a perceived “lack of respect.”
However Ore claims that she’s innocent, according to TheBlaze.
Apparently due to nearby construction, Ore was walking in the street when she was approached by a campus police officer in a vehicle and asked to produce an ID. Rather than comply with the request, Ore refused and argued with the officer that jaywalking was common for everyone in the area because of the construction, and she claimed that the officer was being disrespectful to her.
“Let me see your ID or you will be arrested for failing to provide ID,” the officer says.
“I have no problem abiding by the law,” Ore responds, “but all I’m asking, do you have to speak to me in such a disrespectful manner?”
After the officer explains the law to her, he tells Ore to place her hands behind her back. However she continues to object.
Growing more irritated, the officer tells her to put her hands behind her back “right now.” “I’m going to slam you on this car. Put your hands behind your back,” he threatens.
“Don’t talk to me like that,” Ore says. ”This entire thing has been about your lack of respect for me.”
The two start to scuffle, which ends up with Ore being thrown to the ground while screaming and other officers joining in to subdue her. While being handcuffed, she attempts to kick the officer that she was arguing with one last time.
Now Ore is facing felony 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,” according to TheBlaze.
After reviewing the video, the ASU Police Department said that they couldn’t find any evidence of wrongdoing on the officers’ behalf.
Ore’s defense attorney is saying that she acted in self-defense.
Watch the video and let us know what you think happened.