ASU Police: Professor kicks officer during arrest - Tucson News Now


ASU Police: Professor kicks officer during arrest

Ersula Ore (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Ersula Ore (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

An English professor at Arizona State University faces an aggravated assault charge after she allegedly kicked an arresting ASU police officer below the knee, court paperwork stated.

Police said Ersula Ore, 33, was walking in the middle of College Avenue near Fifth Street in Tempe on May 20 and wearing headphones when a police officer demanded to see her driver's license.

The officer said she asked her seven times to display it and was warned she'd be taken into custody if she did not comply, according to a probable cause statement.

When the officer tried to arrest her, she refused to place her hands behind her back to be handcuffed, even after the officer issued 27 commands to do it, a court document said.

Police said Ore continued to struggle and tried to throw the officer off balance by wrapping her leg around him. An ASU police vehicle was damaged during the scuffle, according to court paperwork.

The report said Ore kicked the officer in the shin after she was finally forced to the ground and handcuffed.

Ore was booked into jail on a charge of aggravated assault and several misdemeanors.

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