Phoenix, AZ — A recent police confrontation where Arizona State University Professor Dr. Ersula Ore was body slammed to the ground for jaywalking has gained national attention and now more support from the University. Originally, the university administrators supported the police officer. But after a recent video surfaced on YouTube, the University has released an official statement showing more support for the professor.
They had already released one statement, but according to their 2nd statement, they are going to investigate the matter more thoroughly. Then, they recently issued a 3rd statement showing more concern (possibly because of the national attention the incident has received). In fact, the case is being covered heavily on CNN, MSNBC, and other major networks.
Here is the statement that the University sent to the faculty:
I am sure that many, or most, of you are aware of the events that took place the evening of May 20, 2014 between one of our faculty, Professor Ersula Ore, and the University Police. I am also sure that those of you who observed the video and audio recordings of the incident were equally shocked and disappointed that this took place in our community. We ended up with an outcome no one wanted and should never have happened.
Professor Ore is a valued faculty member at ASU. She is an outstanding teacher and mentor. The university remains supportive of her. The entire matter is being reviewed and a further statement from ASU is forthcoming. In the meantime, I want to assure everyone that the behavior displayed in this incident does not reflect in any way the values and principles by which ASU operates. We are privileged to be part of an academic community where diversity, inclusion, tolerance, and respect are central to all we are and do. This is special. We all contribute to this set of values. I very much appreciate all that you do and, like you, hope for a positive resolution to this matter.
Watch the video below: