Rev. Maupin holds meeting with embattled ASU Police Officer

Reverend Jarrett Maupin held a "Lemonade Summit" today with embattled ASU Police Officer Stewart Ferrin.

Ferrin was given a notice of termination following the arrest of an ASU professor back in May.

Maupin said he would now call on ASU to reinstate the officer. He originally called for a beer summit, but because the officer is LDS they changed it to a lemonade summit. 

He says the officer's willingness to sit down with a community that has been adverse to his position, speaks volumes.

"We will be calling tomorrow for the university to place him back on active status whether he remains there or not is something the future will reveal," said Rev. Jarrett Maupin.

Maupin and Ferrin broke bread or at least a chicken wing at Lo Lo's Chicken and Waffles on Central this afternoon.

One of the reasons I wanted to come here to this place, to this soul food restaurant in the heart of the black community is because so many in our community had questions about Officer Ferrin, who he is as a person, and who he is as an individual. I think it is very brave, and I commend him for being here today and for meeting these folks," said Maupin.

"For the Reverend to reach out, to come out and say we want to meet with you, know you, come together, I'm honored to be able to do that," said Officer Stewart Ferrin.

The Reverend said he invited black female students and professionals to meet the officer and assess his character for themselves. 

"I think we were under the impression this gentlemen was a racist, and race was a factor in her case, and that police brutality and excessive force was a factor in her case, and in getting to the bottom of that, and understanding both perspectives we found indeed that was not the case," said Maupin.

Dash cam video showed Officer Ferrin arresting ASU Professor Ersula Ore in May for walking in a partially closed street. Ore pleaded guilty to resisting arrest, but accused the officer of wrongful arrest and excessive force. She kept her job, but Ferrin was given a termination notice earlier this month.

"I just think enough is enough, and both of them need to be given the consideration as Americans, both of them make a huge contribution to Arizona and society, I think it needs to be over and done with," said Renee Hull.

"There was a violation of the law, it is my duty to enforce the law and protect the community, that is what we're trying to do," said Ferrin.

"I do support both of them keeping their jobs, I think the university can employ both of them. I think it's time for all of us, the civil rights leaders, university administrators, and police to practice what we preach. It's certainly not beyond our power to sit everyone down together at a dinner table and work through this issue, I think we absolutely can," said Maupin.

Maupin did not invite Prof. Ore to this meeting, but did have a sit down meeting with her. He doesn't know if Ore and Ferrin could have a sit down conversation but Rev. Maupin says he is open to it.

Ferrin attended the meeting with his wife, mother, and attorney. He is currently on leave because of the birth of his child. The decision on his employment is to be determined.  
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