In today's edition of "walking while Black" ...
An Arizona State University professor faces assault charges after she was slammed to the ground by campus police for jaywalking. The incident happened in May and was captured by police dash cam surveillance video. ASU Assistant Professor of English Ersula Ore was stopped by officers when they saw her walking down the middle of a Tempe street to avoid construction.
The incident quickly escalated and became violent after police officers demanded identification. Watch the shocking footage AFTER THE JUMP ...
Ore was wearing a dress at the time and the police action caused her dress to ride up and "expose her anatomy to onlookers," reports CNN. One pedestrian called 911 to report the excessive police force.
[Attorney Alane M. Roby] said they'll fight the charges and accused the officer of escalating the situation in violation of his training. "Professor Ore's one crime that evening was to demand respect that she deserves as a productive, educated and tax paying member of society," Roby said in a statement to CNN, adding that they maintain any actions Ore took were in self-defense.That includes the caught-on-camera kick she delivered to the officer's shin.
"She can clearly be heard on the dash can video instructing the officer not to grab toward her genital area prior to him reaching for her in attempt to pull her skirt down over her exposed private area," Roby wrote. When asked on [CNN] about kicking the officer, Ore said she'd been advised by her lawyer not to comment.
Ore faces charges of assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, failing to provide identification and obstructing a public thoroughfare. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
The university has conducted its own "internal investigation" and found "no evidence of inappropriate actions by the ASUPD officers involved," according to a statement released this week.
Just a Black woman thrown to the ground for daring to ask for courtesy and respect. Nothing to see here, keep moving! Oh and how is that post-racial and post-Black society working out for you?
Watch the video AFTER THE JUMP ...