ASU police officer on chopping block says he will fight for his job

Remember the video that showed an Arizona State University police officer arresting an ASU professor for allegedly jaywalking and failing to provide ID for the officer back in May 2014?

The officer in the video, Stewart Ferrin, is now speaking out for the first time as ASU says they're preparing to fire him.

At a pro-police rally Sunday in Scottsdale, Ferrin spoke out about an incident that landed him in the public eye. Up until now, he has been silent.

"I'm not going to fight you! Put your hands behind your back."

A dash camera video shows officer Ferrin arresting Ersula Ore, a professor at the ASU, for allegedly jaywalking and failing to provide an ID when he asked for it.

The video went viral.

"Get your hands behind your back! Get your hands behind your back!  Stop, stop -- are you serious?"

Ore pleaded guilty and was sentenced to nine months probation for resisting arrest, but Ferrin's future is still unclear.

"What's important to me is my family," Ferrin says. "My family has been dragged through the mud a little bit."

Arizona State University says it has begun the termination process, something Ferrin doesn't quite understand.

"I'm facing termination for my actions even though I was cleared from the FBI, the County Attorney, through the University, so on and so forth," says Ferrin.

Ferrin is now fighting to keep his job

"We're optimistic, we're staying positive," Ferrin says. "As I told somebody, I'm looking forward to having a badge back on my chest, but we take every day as it goes."

Officer Ferrin has started a Go-Fund-Me account. His wife is pregnant and he's worried about supporting a baby without health insurance from his job.

If you would like to help Officer Ferrin visit: www.gofundme.com/k04lto
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