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Arizona University Begins Termination of Officer Who Arrested Professor

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Arizona State University Police are beginning the process of firing a campus police officer who arrested a professor last year for jaywalking. More Here.

January 09, 2015

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Mitch @ 1/9/2015 8:26 PM

I hope the professor was fired

Longtimecop @ 1/10/2015 9:00 AM

Lets get one thing straight (which I learned almost 50 years ago, as a rookie): During an arrest, the use of force needed is [usually] determined by the amount of compliance shown by the suspect being arrested. The second thing I learned is that an officer ALMOST NEVER backs down. I saw this video when it first surfaced, and there was no doubt that the escalation from a simple jaywalking ticket to being forcibly arrested was COMPLETELY her fault! First of all, the SCOTUS said years ago a person MUST identify themselves to law enforcement, if requested. Unless there is some type of ASU policy violation involved, I BEG this officer to fight, to the limit, any punitive action! As has been shown in the Missouri and New York tragedies, simple compliance avoids any unnecessary and dangerous escalation.

AZBIGDOG @ 1/10/2015 9:28 AM

If he had picked her up and thrown her to the ground with as much force as possible causing her to break bones etc., even that would not have been too much force. You resist and continue to resist, you get to experience the escalation of force. It took two officers to arrest her and all because she thought she was above the law and the officer had no right to issue her a ticket or arrest her. That is typical of the hoity toity professors and teachers at colleges and universities around the US. How about firing of the professor for commission of a felony or a violent crime?

Joshua @ 1/10/2015 11:44 AM

This officer didnt do anything wrong. She must be well connected for him to be getting fired

Thomas Rocker Sr. @ 1/10/2015 12:02 PM

If this officers chief allows this to happen, he or she needs to resign as they are not a leader but an extremely poor follower. Even if the courts did or did not pitch the case and it was a violation then whats the beef. The liberal agenda is what is destroying this country. If it isn't color, religion its gender identity. Lets law enforcement do its job and let the courts do it's

Rob Belsky @ 1/10/2015 3:15 PM

That response is typical. It's why our police forces around the country are under siege. Try treating people with respect, instead of body slamming someone for J-walking! Good grief, aren't you trained to de-escalate situations?

Ima Leprechaun @ 1/10/2015 10:02 PM

Just a might bit excessive force for the crime of jay walking. There is no appearance that the professor is even physically resisting arrest since the officer won't let go of her and is flipping her all over the street. I suspect the officer escalated the situation by failing to use his most valuable tool, his mouth. Even if she got mouthy there is no reason to body slam her on the pavement. I can see why the departmental review and I would be willing to guess this isn't his only complaint on file.

Terry F. Zech @ 1/11/2015 12:06 PM

How long does it take for a professor who is tenured and masters degrees to understand all she had to do was show her identification. The officer is also a human being and as far as I seen when I first saw this video a year ago he did everything he could courteously and did what he had to do to protect the professor and himself. Arizona you should be ashamed of even thinking of firing this outstanding officer.

XXXXX @ 1/12/2015 5:13 AM

It doesn't matter anymore, it's damned if you do and damned if you don't.

TX Lawman @ 1/12/2015 6:12 AM

Ima Leprechaun - everytime I start to think you're okay, you spout off something stupid. She is clearly resisting and admits it. She is the one twisting and trying to escape. She is under arrest. She needs to be fired immediately. I hope the officer wins a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the college for firing without cause. If a suspect acts like that with me. they are going to the ground, period.

krisnlc @ 1/12/2015 8:12 AM

I did not get to see what led up to this...but clearly the professor is resisting arrest. The officer should be safe from hiring.

Jon @ 1/12/2015 9:04 AM

Termination??? For what, doing his job??? He was a professional as can be and she was an ass. You couldn’t pay me enough to be a campus cop.

Clay @ 1/19/2015 9:03 AM

Just because you can execute force doesn't mean you should. Reason it out. Stop being so aggressive. The officer was cleared but obviously his department didn't like what they saw. Being cleared by a court and the officer your department wants is two different things.

btw…. this is his second time to be in "trouble" with use of force.

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