Watching ASU professor be brutalized by cops reminds how #PoliceBrutality affects us all

Screen-capture of dashcam video showing Officer Stewart Ferrin screaming at ASU professor Ersula Ore moments before he throws her to the ground.
Screen-capture of dashcam video showing Officer Stewart Ferrin screaming at ASU professor Ersula Ore moments before he throws her to the ground.

This is a story that deserves far more mainstream attention than it has received.

On May 20, an Arizona State University professor, Ersula Ore, was walking along a road in the direction of traffic when she was confronted by campus police. She was detained and asked to show ID; during the stop, she repeatedly requested that the police officer speak to her in a more respectful tone. We know this because the entire incident — including what transpires next — was captured on police dash-cam.

Although Professore Ore is heard only questioning the officer’s attitude, the police officer eventually throws Professor Ore onto the hood of his police car in order to arrest her. When Professor Ore protests being put in this position while standing next to a busy road — specifically, she is heard citing the length of her skirt — the police officer became violent. He brutally swings Professor Ore around by her arm. She lets out a series of bloodcurdling screams. She lands on the ground off-camera and was arrested.

This is a clear example of police brutality, one with distinctly racial overtones.

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