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The professor who was slammed by police: Was it justified?

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In this video, criminologist Dr Chenelle Jones and Dr. Boyce Watkins discuss the arrest of Professor Ersula Ore at Arizona State University.  Dr. Ore was stopped by campus police for jaywalking and nearly hit by a patrol car.  After exchanging words with the police, Dr. Ore was slammed to the ground and left exposed.

In response to what had just happened to her, Dr. Ore kicked the officer in his shin, leading to a charge of assaulting a police officer.  The charges have led to controversy and a petition demanding that Dr. Ore be exonerated from all charges against her.  The incident occurred back on May 21st, but it has gained momentum after Dr. Ore has been assertive in pushing her case before the public.

But was Dr. Ore wrong?  What about the police officer?  Dr. Chenelle Jones is both a black female professor and an expert on the criminal justice system.  She says that the officer was certainly in the wrong, and that he should have reacted to the situation differently.  She also says that the charges should be dropped, since the world is not better off with a black female professor in prison.

However, Dr. Jones says that Dr. Ore is not without accountability, since there are ways that a person should deal with police while avoiding the chance for a confrontation.  Her reaction to the officer stopping her and her decision to retaliate is the kind of thing that could put a person in danger if they are stopped by police.  She also says that Dr. Ore’s university could have done a better job of investigating the situation and standing by their faculty member, at least until the situation gained some clarity.

Dr. Jones recently wrote an article called “10 Tips for interacting with the police.”  She says that if you deal with interactions with police in the right way, you can avoid being harmed by officers, who always have the power when you’re dealing with them in one-on-one situations.  She has a lot of other interesting and insightful things to say about the case, which is being discussed across the country.

The video conversation is below.


  1. Jay Pharaoh

    June 30, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Nor does the world care about racist tea party pig cops who abuse the privilege extended to them. If obtain the right lawyers, civil rights violation lawyers, she will not walk out of this solely in the wrong, he was wrong also, what if she was pregnant?

  2. WizardG

    June 30, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    One only needs to look back through “American” history to know what kind of racist police this “government” allows to function around already distressed and constantly abused “blacks”. Dr Ore has a brain and as brains go “snapping” does happen when an ‘attack’ of some sort triggers it! Who knows [what else] was done to this female? I read a story a week or so ago about a cop grabbing a woman’s b.r.e.a.s.t and she reacted by using her elbow without ever seeing who had grabbed her! Still the police are always treated to “freedom from prosecution”! The police are brutal! As we move into a more populous intellectual social-structure, we are still dealing with people who’s brains are programmed ‘wrongly’ and configured with garbage indoctrinated by a “Jim Crow” past! The “government” and it’s “social bi-products” is filled with hypocrites, bigots, and families with histories of slave-master and slave etc! Most may not know it, but ‘Nothing’ is right here! The police will always be [wrong] and a citizen should be at least afforded “the benefit of the doubt”! Dr. Ore WAS ABUSED just as many citizens are abused by the ever brainwashed Gestapo-like police and like agencies! Don’t even get me started!

  3. jboogie

    June 30, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    It’s amazing how you both twisted this to a educational point. I guess you both are saying, if you’re educated your inappropriate behavior should be excuse. Our time for equality is still in reach, and in need for improvement. With our discrimination as blacks in this country, it’s shameful how we are discriminatory towards our own, now that we are becoming more educated. She acted totally inappropriate; and if the is wrong she didn’t have to lower herself to his level. But, I hearing “I’m a black woman who’s educated and a professor; how dare you”. Bullsh! T! Act like lady; and not act like the dress you were wearing.

    • diane

      June 30, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      What???? Why is her manner of dress of any importance? Your insinuating that she was dressed inappropriately for??? That she reacted in the manner of someone who was assaulted by a “peace officer”, and you then turn your comment to “her dress” as inappropriate? Wow! I guess all Blacks should dress like whites but then you probably would take issue with that some how too. Ugly. It is interesting that you do not point to the fact that she IS a woman and therefore should not have even had to be slammed to the ground. Your comment is a window to your racism and I thank you for reminding me that you have a problem that stems from lack of a good up bringing. Tolerating people who hate based on race is common for most Blacks as you ignorant racists always come out of the woods to subject others to your stupidity in the face of your thinking The Creator made you a superior race. Eye see different. Screwface, no, I wont be frightened. I know my enemy and deal accordingly. The road to hell is paved with people just like you and some who went just to meet you there and get their justice.

  4. jboogie

    June 30, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    One more thought; this is the same behavior many black women take with their husbands and boyfriends. I’m educated or I make more money than you; how dare you question me, or tell me what to do. The only things that’s different is, the officer had a chance to fight back, where most men would be punished for doing so. All she had to do was follow instructions, but that’s to much like right for a black educated women earning money to do. Once she’s earn her education and get her a job; now she feels every man is beneath her. This was really sad, and I hope she learns a lesson from this; it was poor judgment on part, no matter how you want to look at it. If this was a bad cop; what good is her education if she had gotten killed for her stupid action; walking around looking like a danm prostitute. And, by the way there’s a lot PhD ‘ s in prison serving time for not using common sense. So, stop with this educational speech like you and her are superior. If you can out live death with your education, then you’ll on to something, but until than you can learn from anybody. Thank God you got a job.

    • diane

      June 30, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      Did we move back in time? Why do white people in authority use brutality and disrespect towards Blacks and really believe they did no wrong? Where in your mind is it that you own this superiority complex and sit in a position that you are chosen to subject anyone to racists notions that put you on a higher ground? Tolerance is expected of Blacks but I am amazed that whites truly believe they are “better” in any form than any other race. Yes, slavery ended over 150 years ago but you children of the slave holders have perpetuated a false notion that those laws that declare all men equal then, faded back to the Jim Crow era and no longer apply today. The remarks of these foolish people, including you, are racial bias and intolerance. This person is a woman first. The level of disregard for that alone is cause for civil(though why it is so named is beyond me) action. The officers who disregard their duties to provide peaceful solutions to situations for which they allow their personal feelings to make poor judgment calls, calls for them to be removed from serving the public. Since when is it appropriate for an officer of the law, let alone a man, to handle a woman, regardless of race, in that manner? (How you interact with those in your personal life, (with your husband to wife, your income, your education) has no bearing on this matter so that point made is just your personal opinion so on that, I will not go further. By what I am reading, you are no better than an ignorant person with no education and your money be damned. Your hostility shows clearly that you are in fact, contradictory and show lack of compassion for people just based on race. The manner for which you carry yourself says you do not deserve the place on this Earth that your skin color has provided for. I am not shocked but I am very aware that you are a person who is clearly a racist and on the road straight to hell. Since you believe by the color of your skin that you are a better person, I am certain you will meet an untimely end and meet the very peoples souls you hate, on your way to hell, thus be again, persecuted even there for your vile, evil, ignorance. (further more, I hope you keep those eyes in the back of that thing you call a head, wide open as your destined to be followed by those who would do harm to you just because of your skin/eye for an eye)
      You need not respond as I have not further need to engage with your ignorant rants.

  5. Rosita

    June 30, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    What happened to serve and protect? Why does the citizen have to bow down to a paid public servant? Why could he have showed some more respect? Isn’t he trained to handle and/or diffuse the situation with a more rational head? Why is he working in the public? He should work in a job where the is limited public contact.

  6. TAS

    June 30, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Whatever the circumstances, what a lousy example she has set for her students regardless of how this turns out…

  7. milood

    June 30, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    what’s next, shooting someone for jaywalking??

  8. Y. NIXON

    June 30, 2014 at 10:16 pm


  9. big annie

    June 30, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    @anastasia: F”k you. And YOU are the boon.Why is it that you are trolling this site? Why not comment on white supremacy sites with other a**h***s?
    No, the professor should not have kicked the out-of-line cop. But you know… Black folks just grow weary of the all out attack on us. The professors was not ” fronting ” when she said, ‘Do you know who I am?’ Those pigs knew exactly who she was. One of the goals was to take that “uppity Black n**”** b&&&&” down a notch or two. She can wear what she wants. Was she to dress in a nun habit? Her attire has nothing to do with the harassment. That action was intended to demean her, as well.
    The comments about Black women acting ” brand new ” because they possess higher learning: did that happen to the commenter? (Additionally, some Black men act ” brand new” when they get a degree as well.)
    I pray that she gets out of this unscathed.

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