*A police report was filed in the case of the violent arrest of an African American college professor who was walking through streets where construction was taking place on the campus of Arizona State University. You may recall the entire incident was caught on tape by the officer’s dashboard camera in real time. Now, the report has determined that the officer who seemed visibly inappropriate in his actions of throwing ASU professor, Dr. Eursula Ore, down on the car, being rough as he tried to handcuff her, then throwing her on the ground is said to “have done nothing inappropriate” and charges are being pressed against Ore.
But here’s the thing: The public saw the video. We heard the same thing anyone else heard. So even if something happened prior to the recording, it doesn’t erase what we saw. So why is Dr. Ore guilty and the officer, not?
According to the police report, Ore was following instructions set forth by the construction signs. So therein lies the confusion; a puzzle to many as to what the problem is. On the video she does not appear to be acting oddly; and at one point she even tells the officer that is manhandling her, that others are doing the same thing as she – with regard to crossing the street in a construction area.
Ore also appears to be civil and communicative with the officer; and by the time that she gets increasingly frustrated, quite frankly, so are we. Because what she says falls within the realm of what many of us in similar circumstances might say.
Not only does Ore appear nonthreatening, unless asking someone why they are not speaking to you with respect (as you are them) is a crime. Or perhaps it was the officer’s ego that surfaced when this black woman had the nerve to warn him that he will embarrass them both if he tried to subdue her in the way he was threatening to do, as Ore was wearing a skirt.
A warning, by the way, that he ignores.
Even with all of this, the statement below, issued by the ASU authorities, makes it appear that they have seen a different video than the one in full display by the public:
“ASU authorities have reviewed the circumstances surrounding the arrest and have found no evidence of inappropriate actions by the ASUPD officers involved. Should such evidence be discovered, an additional, thorough inquiry will be conducted and appropriate actions taken.”
“Because the underlying criminal charges are pending, there is not much more we can say at this time. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has reviewed all available evidence, including the police report, witness statements, and audio and video recordings of the incident, and decided to press criminal 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.”
Ore speaks to CNN below.