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Markos' fear of being in danger in Arizona is real.

There is no Bill of Rights in Arizona if your pigment is not approved by the authorities.

A professor is not safe. How far up a ladder must someone go in Arizona in order for the Bill of Rights to apply?

On May 20, 2014, Dr. Ersula Ore, a professor in the English Department at Arizona State University (ASU) was making her way home having just concluded teaching a summer course for the evening. During the course of her journey home, Dr. Ore was stopped and questioned by an ASU police officer who was presumably assigned to patrol the area located just off campus. After a brief exchange with the officer, a brief physical altercation ensued in which Dr. Ore, who was wearing a dress, was forced up against the officer’s car and then onto the ground fully exposing portions of her lower body to those looking on.

Eye witness accounts of the incident, including video evidence, support Dr. Ore’s assertion that the officer did not inform her of why she was being stopped, that the officer did not inform her of her rights after arresting her, and that the officer engaged in excessive force during her detention. Dr. Ore was subsequently charged with the counts

1.    Felony Aggravated Assault on an Officer

2.    Misdemeanor Damaging/Defacing Police Property

3.    Misdemeanor Obstruction/Refusal to Identify

4.    Misdemeanor Obstruction of Public Thoroughfare

It is believed that the Arizona State Police Department has engaged in what can best be described as an effort to discredit Dr. Ore and defend the actions of one ASU police officer to avoid liability. Dr. Ore vigorously disputes the charges that have been outlined by police and fully intends to fight the charges in a court of law. With no prior police record, eye witness accounts of the incident, and recorded video evidence, Dr.Ore is confident that the criminal case against her will be dismissed once she has an opportunity to tell her side of the story.

7:27 AM PT: Please note, I've lived in both California and Arizona, trying to compare the two in order to promote an argument is not persuasive.

Originally posted to The Fourth Estate on Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 05:48 AM PDT.

Also republished by Baja Arizona Kossacks.

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