Support Officer Stewart Ferrin
Although it has been commonly reported that the offense committed was a civil jay walking violation that is incorrect. Ms. Ore was arrested for the criminal act of Obstructing a Public Thoroughfare and during that arrest she resisted arrest and had to be physically restrained. This encounter was captured on the officer's dash cam and went viral on the internet.
The use of force by the police is never pretty. Officer Ferrin used great restraint in trying to subdue Ms. Ore until she wrapped her leg around his and tried to knock him off balance. At that time, Officer Ferrin had no choice but to take Ms. Ore to the ground.
Once Ms. Ore was in custody, she turned around and kicked Officer Ferrin in the shin.
She was arrested and booked into jail on various charges. The County Attorney reviewed the case and charged all counts and added one of their own; Resisting Arrest.
This matter was reviewed all the way up the chain of command at the ASUPD as well as by ASU General Counsel the following morning and all supported the actions of Officer Ferrin.
Six weeks passed with Officer Ferrin continuing to perform his regular duties. Only after Ms. Ore took her case to the media did the ASU Administration take any action.
Bowing to public pressure, on July 1st, 2014, the University placed Officer Ferrin on paid administrative leave. A week later he was given the choice, essentially resign or be fired. Officer Ferrin did not resign.
Meanwhile, Ms. Ore, with the assistance of a defense attorney, eventually agreed to a plea deal. In the plea, she agreed to the facts of the case as alleged and was convicted of Resisting Arrest.
The judge sentenced her to more punishment than the State requested, being 9 months probation, 50 hours of community service, and an anger management class.
Additionally, the FBI conducted their own review of this matter and cleared Off. Ferrin of any wrong doing, including Excessive Force and Racial Profiling as was originally alleged.
Now, ASU is claiming the arrest was unlawful and has been on a witch hunt for 6 months.
Officer Ferrin is a family man. He has a beautiful wife and two year old daughter. His second daughter is due to be born in three weeks. If terminated, he will lose his income and his health insurance. Meanwhile substantial legal bills are piling up while he fights the machine at ASU.
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You may wonder why Officer Ferrin chose to resign his position rather than continue the fight. It simply came down to this: Much like a nasty divorce, there was no reasonable expectation of a reconciliation. ASU made it clear they were willing to use their unlimited resources to say and do whatever it took to crush Officer Ferrin. The emotional and financial toll it was taking on his family to continue the fight was just too much.
ASU recently released the 100 plus page “independent” investigation which they PAID a Private Investigator to conduct. At face value, the report appears damaging to Officer Ferrin. However, please know that this report is full of misleading information and half truths.
Over the coming weeks, documentation will be released which support this statement. In time, the truth will rise to the top and Officer Ferrin will continue to stand tall with his head held high.
Officer Ferrin has incurred nearly $40,000 in legal bills and that number would have doubled if he had continued the fight. If you haven't already done so, please show your support by making a donation to this fund. If every supporter donated as little as $10, the legal fees would be paid and a huge financial burden would be lifted from Officer Ferrin and his young family.
At this time, we, the family of Officer Ferrin, want to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who has supported Officer Ferrin during this extremely difficult trial. It has been greatly appreciated.
Thank you all for your support. It is so very much appreciated.