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ASU professor pleads guilty to resisting arrest

MESA, Ariz. — An Arizona State University professor who accused campus
police of excessive force when they arrested her has agreed to a plea deal in
the case.

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

In exchange, three other charges, including a felony count of aggravated
assault, were dismissed.

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

ASU police said Ore was stopped May 20 for walking in the middle of a street
near campus and refused to show any identification. They said she kicked an
officer in the shin after being handcuffed.

The school said a review found Officer Stewart Ferrin neither racially profiled
the English professor nor used excessive force.

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 1.

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