Self-defense: Dr Ersula Ore has been charged with aggravated assault on a police officer in addition to criminal damage, resisting arrest, refusing to provide identification and obstructing a thoroughfare, following an incident on the Arizona State University campus

An Arizona State University professor who accused campus police of excessive force pleaded guilty on Wednesday.

Ersula Ore pleaded guilty in Maricopa County Superior Court to one misdemeanor count of resisting arrest.

From Diverse Education:

In exchange, three other charges, including a felony count of aggravated assault, were dismissed. […] ASU police say Ore was stopped May 20 for walking in the middle of a street near campus and refused to show any identification. They say she kicked an officer in the shin after being handcuffed.

The school says a review found Officer Stewart Ferrin neither racially profiled the English professor, who is Black, nor used excessive force. However, the university asked the FBI to determine if there were any civil rights violations.

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ASU officials said Ore is a valued faculty member, teacher and mentor.

A message left with Ore’s attorney was not immediately returned on Wednesday.

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 1.

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