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Video: Arizona State University Officer Facing Termination for Force Incident Resigns

February 19, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Arizona State University Officer Facing Termination for Force Incident Resigns

An Arizona State University police officer who has been fighting to keep his job resigned instead Monday after an independent investigation found fault with his arrest last summer of a university professor.

The 25-year-old officer had been on leave since July after a video of his arrest of ASU assistant professor Ersula Ore went viral and drew national attention. The university sent the officer a letter in January, notifying him of its intent to terminate him. The officer appealed the decision, the Arizona Republic reports.

"The lack of support, cooperation, and downright bias, coupled with an agenda to ruin my career, has become unbearable and I will not subject my family to this any longer," the officer said Monday in a resignation letter sent to ASU.

ASU issued this statement Monday: "This review was never about a single incident or a single issue. Law enforcement officers in any jurisdiction are given the tremendous responsibility of helping to keep the community safe. They also are expected to exercise good judgment in the performance of their duties and, when given direction after missteps, are expected to follow that guidance."

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plato's playdough @ 2/19/2015 11:52 PM

The person under arrest is shown actively resisting. And she kicked him. You have just empowered her and her ilk. You have just denigrated all your University Officers to burger servers, showing that you will not back them up even if the "customer" spits in their face.

Jen @ 2/20/2015 12:51 AM


MB @ 2/20/2015 5:25 AM

"This review was never about a single incident or a single issue. " Yeah, right. This was a hatchet job.

carlson1038 @ 2/20/2015 8:15 AM

I hope the rest of the Officers in that department quickly find employment somewhere else. While I don't think the officer handled this particularly well, the suspect caused this, not the officer. They should be firing the instructor, not the officer.

TERRY F. ZECH VAPD (RET) @ 2/20/2015 9:46 AM

Officer I think you showed great restraint with this (LADY), lol, another one that thinks she can do no wrong. Better known as mine doesn't !!!!!. I was a training officer for 14 years and if it had been me I would have soaked her with pepper spray. Instead you chose to try to minimal force by hands on. I believe your Chief and that investigative board should be the ones fired along with the tenured professor. Good Luck in your next department because I am sure someone will hire you as I see a consummate professional in your abilities.

kevCopAz @ 2/20/2015 1:40 PM

No one here that wants to do real police work would ever work for the ASU PD. The officer is better off going to a real PD.

I wonder why the professor was not terminated or even suspended for violating ASU policy? She was on campus, he was a campus cop, tell me she didn't bring embarrassment on the University and violate her employee handbook rules or don't they apply to someone of color? Oh by the way she is suing tASU. My guess is her race made the difference and will cost tax payers again, then we still have to employ the loud mouth excuse for a real teacher. Well then again it is ASU so who really wants to top there anyway unless you are ultra lib. I live here and sent my son to back east to a Military College to avoid the ASU mind washing.

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