ASU police officer fights for job after controversial arrest

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Arizona State University Police Officer Stewart Ferrin is fighting to keep his job after a controversial arrest.

Ferrin stopped ASU professor Ersula Ore near campus on May 20 for jaywalking and arrested her after she refused to show identification.

The dashcam video of the arrest went viral, and the FBI began investigating allegations that Ferrin engaged in racial profiling and used excessive force.

"I'm facing termination for my actions within that role, even though I was cleared from the FBI, through the county attorney, through the university, so on and so forth," Ferrin said at a pro-police rally outside the Scottsdale Police Department Saturday. "My name and face is on the news because I arrested a professor. Some people want to pull this into, I'm a white officer and she's a black female."

The university notified Ferrin this month of its intent to fire him. He has been on administrative leave since July.

Ferrin's attorney plans to appeal the school's decision.

Ore has pleaded guilty to one count of resisting arrest. She reportedly kicked Ferrin in the shin but argued it was in self-defense. The video shows Ferrin throw the professor to the ground.

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