An Arizona State University police officer, who was caught on video slamming a professor to the ground merely for jaywalking, has resigned in the fallout, the New York Daily News reports.
The 25-year-old cop, Stewart Ferrin, handed in his resignation at the beginning of the week after an internal investigation concluded that he used excessive force against ASU English professor Ersula Ore back in May 2014, the site notes.
The university reportedly notified Ferrin of its intentions to fire him after the investigation ended in January. Ferrin had appealed the decision but in the end resigned before he was terminated.
"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," he wrote in a letter to the university, according to the Daily News.
The incident last year began after Ore walked in the middle of the street, avoiding sidewalk construction. She was stopped by Ferrin, who asked for her ID. The professor refused to give her identification, so the officer tried to cuff her. Ore allegedly began to struggle, which was when he tossed her to the ground. Ore got to her feet, kicking the officer. The entire incident was caught on a dashboard camera.
Ore was ultimately charged with resisting arrest, assaulting an officer and refusing to give identification. The English professor then filed a $2 million claim against Ferrin for excessive force, false arrest and rights violations in November.
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