ASU Police Officer facing termination speaks out

 An Arizona State University Police Officer says he is being fired after arresting an ASU professor last May is facing termination.

In two days, he faces termination and with a baby on the way, he believes politics are at play.

A decision on his appeal is scheduled for Tuesday. The officer said he almost hit the professor with his squad car because she was walking in the street.

He says he asked her multiple times to get on the sidewalk before the incident escalated, and he arrested her. The incident was caught on the squad car's dash camera, and it has people applauding and condemning the officer's actions.

"I'm being labeled by some as a racist, I'm being labeled as an overzealous cop, power hungry," said Officer Stewart Ferrin. He said when the incident started to escalate he told his partner to activate the squad car camera. "I'm glad the video is there; I believe it backs up my action and police report."

Shortly after the incident, ASU released a statement saying the officer did not violate protocol. However, they said they were enlisting an outside agency to determine whether excessive force was used.

Professor Ersula Ore pleaded guilty to resisting arrest. In November, the professor's attorney filed a claim against ASU seeking $2 million dollars in damages.

"This happened in May, and I worked for six weeks doing normal patrol duties, then this hit the media, and they decided to put me on administrative leave," he said.

Last month, the ASU Police Chief gave Ferrin a termination letter with a date of January 21st.

"To be honest I think there is politics involved, you have a police officer doing their job, race card thrown in, white officer and black professor, she's a professor, and I'm a campus cop."

Ferrin said right now he's more concerned about his family and insurance. His wife is expecting their second child any day, but he says he stands by his actions from that night.

"It is difficult to see that as a police officer, I'm charged with doing certain things.. it's my duty to enforce the law, hold people accountable for crimes they committed, here we have a person who pleaded guilty in a court to crimes she committed, but I'm the one being terminated, and she still works. It's difficult to swallow I guess," said Ferrin.

Ferrin has not been charged with any crime in connection with the incident. He says whatever happens he still plans on having a career in law enforcement.

FOX 10 requested an interview with Professor Ore, but she has not responded.

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