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Arizona professor's jaywalking arrest quickly gets out of hand

By Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, CNN

 

(CNN) -- A jaywalking rarely makes national news, but the arrest of Arizona professor Ersula Ore has done just that.

What began as a walk home from classes at Arizona State University ended with police charging the professor with assault.

The English professor was walking in the middle of a Tempe, Arizona, street one evening last month when a campus police officer stopped her. The incident escalated, and she was handcuffed and landed on the pavement.

Appearing Monday on CNN's "New Day," Ore was asked about her own words and actions in the incident and replied, "I think I did what I was supposed to do. I was respectful. I asked for clarification. I asked to be treated with respect, and that was it."

Prof.: 'I did what I was supposed to do'

In a dashboard camera recording released Friday, Ore steadfastly questions officer Stewart Ferrin and asks him to be respectful.

The two talk over each other as the situation escalates, with Ferrin threatening to arrest Ore unless she produces her ID.

"If you don't understand the law, I'm explaining the law to you," the officer says. "The reason I'm talking to you right now is because you are walking in the middle of the street."

Ore explains that she walked in the street to avoid construction.

"I never once saw a single solitary individual get pulled over by a cop for walking across a street on a campus, in a campus location," she says.

The explanation does not satisfy, and Ferrin begins to cuff the professor.

To continue reading about the incident, please visit http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/30/justice/arizona-jaywalking-arrest/index.html?hpt=hp_bn1.

Background Photo Credit: Kasia Broussalian © 2015