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ASU professor appears in court after scuffle with police

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ASU professor Ersula Ore listens as her attorney speaks with the media about her. Credit: @rdavisfox10 ASU professor Ersula Ore listens as her attorney speaks with the media about her. Credit: @rdavisfox10
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TEMPE, Ariz. -

The Arizona State University professor caught on camera kicking a campus police officer made an appearance in court Thursday.

Ersula Ore faces an aggravated assault charge for the incident.

Court records show Ore refused to provide her driver's license after ASU police say she was jaywalking. Her attorney now says there's more to the story.

Ore's attorney spoke on her behalf after the hearing. She said this case isn't a gender issue or race issue, but calls it a citizen issue.

"This isn't about Professor Ore wanting any type of deferential treatment.. about her demanding anything other than respect adherent to her Constitutional right," said Alane Roby.

Her client by her side, Roby explained that Ore wanted nothing more than what the law requires.

"We support law enforcement and no way do we condone violence against law enforcement officers," she said.

On May 20, ASU police dash camera video captured the college English professor in a scuffle with an officer, subsequently kicking him.

Police say she was walking in the middle of the street and wouldn't give up her identification when asked, which led to her arrest.

"I was kind of in disbelief.. shocked because this is my school. I go to ASU. I've probably seen the officers on the streets.. them acting out of character like this.. hits home for me," said Gabriel.

Ore's students and colleagues crowded into a Maricopa County courtroom for the hearing.

Ore answered one question before her attorney requested a continuance. Roby says the legal team needs more time to prepare new evidence.

Roby says her client was acting in self-defense and has videos that back up her claim.

The FBI is now investigating the incident and the officer involved has been put on paid administrative leave.

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