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Activists Forgive White Cop Who Threw Black Professor to the Ground After “Lemonade Summit”

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Civil rights activists had threatened to march on the campus of Arizona StateASU professor University if the white cop who threw a black professor to the ground was reinstated, but now, after a ‘lemonade summit’, all is forgiven.

Officer Stewart Ferrin was initially cleared of any wrongdoing after slamming ASU English professor Dr. Ersula Ore, 33, to the ground. After video of the incident emerged, however, Ferrin was placed on leave and facing termination.

According to Ferrin’s lawyer, the officer is no longer facing termination, and the final decision will be left with the new police chief, Michael Thompson.

Rev. Jarrett Maupin of Phoenix and several other activists held a lemonade summit with Ferrin at Lo Lo’s Chicken and Waffles. They say after getting to know the officer, they’d like to see him reinstated.

“It would be very sad to put (the family) in any economic harm’s way,” Maupin said. “So we will be calling (today) for the university to place him back on active status.”

Other activists who attended the summit agreed that the issue should be dropped and Ferrin should be allowed to go on with his life.

“People make mistakes,” said Phoenix community activist Renee Huff. “By God, we need to be able to forgive people.”

Dashcam video shows Ferris stopping Ore for walking in the street, then demanding that the woman put her hands behind her back. When Ore refuses, Ferrin slams her on the squad car and wrestles her to the ground.

A police report says that Ore argued with the officer and told him that he was being disrespectful.

In an interview, Ferrin described Ore’s walking in the street a “criminal act” and said he couldn’t tell what color Ferrin was before arresting her. He added that he knows what it feels like to be a minority since he was a missionary in Chile.

 

 

 

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