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Video: Arizona Activist Who Failed Force-on-Force Scenario Demands Firing of Campus Officer

January 15, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Arizona Activist Who Failed Force-on-Force Scenario Demands Firing of Campus Officer

A Phoenix-area civil-rights activist, who last week participated in force-on-force training with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, has thrown his support behind Arizona State University for moving to fire the campus police officer accused by a university professor of wrongful arrest and excessive force last summer.

"Firing this officer is not an easy decision, but it's certainly the right thing to do in this scenario," the Rev. Jarrett Maupin told AZCentral.com.

Maupin and a half-dozen civil-rights activists held a news conference on Tuesday at the Tempe campus to voice their support for the university and ASU Police Chief Michael Thompson.

Maupin is calling for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office to review whether the officer committed a crime. He also is asking Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich to look into whether Ersula Ore's civil rights were violated. The campus Police Department should review its training policies in the wake of the incident, he said.

Ore, an assistant professor of English at ASU, was arrested May 20 when she refused to show identification and kicked the officer in the shin after he stopped her for jaywalking near College Avenue and Fifth Street in Tempe, according to a police report.

She was arrested on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, criminal damage, refusal to provide a truthful name and obstructing a public thoroughfare.

She later pleaded guilty to one count of resisting arrest and was sentenced to nine months of probation; the other charges were dropped.

Maupin said if the firing doesn't happen, "we will march on this campus" and the office of ASU President Michael Crow until the officer is fired.

The officer's attorney, Mel McDonald, has maintained his client did nothing wrong. The officer has been on paid leave since July and is appealing the termination. A Facebook page set up to support the officer said that he hopes to learn the outcome of his appeal by Monday, Jan. 19

After shooting an unarmed suspect in the MCSO's force-on-force training scenarios last week, Maupin said people should comply with police.

 


Comments (12)

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JoJo @ 1/15/2015 4:53 PM

She pled guilty but the officer was wrong? What a joke. The professor was wrong and the officer should be left to do his job.

ftrnr @ 1/15/2015 5:01 PM

It seems the officer went to ticket a violator, she attacked him, he arrested her, she plead guilty. What did he do wrong? Am I missing something, she admitted guilt? Somebody help me here.....

Robert Powell @ 1/15/2015 6:47 PM

This guy is never gonna be a friend to the Police. I don't care how many training sessions he goes through he's still going to hate the police.

Adam @ 1/15/2015 7:25 PM

Theres a shock!! Maupin right back to where he started, evidently he didn't learn a thing in the training.

plato's playdough @ 1/15/2015 7:28 PM

http://www.azcentral.com/media/cinematic/video/21484749/

This is the vid that documents the event. Shows the complainant. Complainant kicked the Officer. Complainant was warned about results of continued resistance.

First the Officer was said to have been within departmental guidelines. Now they support his dismissal.

What do you think changed?

plato's playdough @ 1/16/2015 2:19 AM

Hey, it just hit me....

Dude is getting funded for such action.

Can't blame a dude for wanting his payday.

Wonder why his 180^ from his previous revelation from ON HIGH, saying "people should just comply for their own good."

Oh yeah, PAYDAY. Hey, its a pretty good lil candy bar.

Arby @ 1/16/2015 5:02 AM

Curious why no one is calling for the firing of the assistant professor. Some fine example she sets for how our young people should behave. Of course, the local prosecutor didn't help by dropping all of the other charges - especially without getting some type of signed document from the criminal not to pursue any civil actions of any kind against the police in return for letting her sorry self off with a slap on the wrist. It never ceases to amaze me. Failure to comply doesn't grant a license to go nuts on someone, but how many issues of any kind anywhere would we have if people just complied and took it to court? Uncivilized trash.

James @ 1/16/2015 12:15 PM

I pleaded guilty to avoid a conviction on all the charges, I did assault the Police officer but I am innocent of any wrong doing.... Really?

James @ 1/16/2015 12:22 PM

Civil rights activists kill more people than any other cause. They cause people to live under a alternate reality that is only virtual and doesn't apply in the REAL reality, thus the victims who believe this insanity are victims of the Civil rights activists lies and distortions. If there was any Justice large groups of black people will one day realize this and sue the NAACP, Jesse Jacksons BOTH dad and son and the Al Sharptons for biillions of dollars lost by black people who have been ripped of by these Hucksters and frauds. Many black people figure this out and move away from the Civil rights stupidity and suddenly find out they are not discriminated against any more than any White person of any other race and live to enrich themselves in working to achieve what they always only dreamed of. Still waiting for our brothers and sisters who are fellow Americans to finally see the lies of the modern Civil rights crime syndicate who violate the RICO act keeping everyone in social slavery

Norman @ 1/16/2015 6:48 PM

It is well known in the Phoenix community that Maupin is an an Al Sharpton sycophant. In his youth, he dressed and coiffed his hair exactly like him. Side-by-side he looked like a Sharpton Minnie-Me. It was hilariously pathetic. True to his mentor, he is a race-baiter. I was pleased to read where he participated in the use of force scenarios with MCSO. I thought he had perhaps "seen the light" when he said people need to obey officer commands. (This was after he "kilied" an unarmed scenario subject). Alas, there was no epiphany on his part. He's still the same nitwit he's always been.

Larry Thompson @ 1/16/2015 8:42 PM

Once a hypocrite, always a hypocrite (Maupin).

132&Bush @ 1/21/2015 2:18 PM

Someone needs to stage a big protest in her classroom. Won't it be funny when Campus police have to come?

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