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Video: ASU Professor Roughed Up And Slammed To Ground By Campus Police

Tempe, AZ- Arizona State University professor Ersula Ore is challenging an aggravated assault charge against her after a stop for jaywalking turned into a violent encounter with campus police.

Last month, Ore was confronted by ASU campus police officer Stewart Ferrin as she was walking across a street near the university on her way home. Ferrin told Ore that she was jaywalking, and asked her to provide identification. Ore attempted to explain to Ferrin that she was walking in the street to avoid nearby road construction.

“I’ve been here for over three years and everybody walks this street… I never once saw a single solitary individual get pulled over by a cop for walking across a street on a campus,” Ore said. She disagreed with Ferrin for being stopped in the first place, explaining “everybody has been doing this because it is all obstructed. That’s the reason why. But you stop me in the middle of the street to pull me over and ask me, ‘Do you know what this is? This is a street.'” Ferrin informed her that she would be arrested if she failed to produce ID.

The video footage above, released last Friday, contains about two minutes of the off-camera audio interaction between Ore and Ferrin before Ferrin began roughly handling Ore and subsequently throwing her onto the pavement.

“Let me see your ID or you will be arrested for failing to provide ID,” Ferrin said.

“Are you serious?” Ore asked.

“Yes, I’m serious. That is the law. If you don’t understand the law, I’m explaining the law to you,” replied Ferrin. “I have no problem abiding by the law, but all I’m asking do you have to speak to me in such a disrespectful manner,” Ore then said to Ferrin.

“OK, put your hands behind your back,” Ferrin ordered Ore. The video shows Ore struggling against the officer before he threw her onto the ground and pinned her. After she was handcuffed by Ferrin and an additional officer, Ore kicked Ferrin in the leg.

Ore’s attorney, Alane Roby, explained that when she was pinned on the ground, “she was exposed, told officer she was exposed. Her dress was up; the officer was reaching toward her anatomy. And after what had already happened, she felt uncomfortable with hands going there.”

911 dispatchers received a call from a witness who described the incident as “a police officer who’s getting way too aggressive with a young lady on the street.”

Ore is arguing self-defense against the stemming aggravated assault charge. “I wasn’t given an opportunity to actually give ID. I mean, I was never asked what my name was. I was never told what I was in violation of. It was immediately ‘Do you know the difference between a street and a sidewalk?’ And then he gets out the car. He throws the car door open actually is what happens. And he’s just towering over me. He’s intimidating. He is…I don’t know why he’s so aggressive,” Ore told CNN.

ASU issued a statement about the incident:

“According to the police report, ASU Police initially spoke to Assistant Professor Ore because officers patrolling the area nearly hit her with their police vehicle as they turned the vehicle onto College Avenue to investigate a disabled vehicle. Officer Stewart Ferrin had no intention of citing or arresting Ore, but for her safety told her to walk on the sidewalk. When Ore refused to comply and refused to provide identification after she was asked for it multiple times, she was subsequently arrested.”

ASU also issued a statement regarding Ferrin’s actions:

“ASU authorities have reviewed the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the arrest of Assistant Professor Ersula Ore and have found that the officer involved did not violate protocol and no evidence was found of racial motivation by the ASU Police Department officers involved. However, the ASU Police Department is enlisting an outside law-enforcement agency to conduct an independent review on whether excessive force was used and if there was any racial motivation by the officers involved.”

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Exclusive: Government Program to Control Religious Thought?

Truth in Media: Government Program to Control Religious Thought?

Is the U.S. Government working on a program to…well…program the way you view religion?

A whistleblower who has worked on that program says yes and he wants you to know exactly what has been going on.

The first step towards truth is to be informed.

If I told you that the Defense Department was using taxpayer dollars to learn how to influence people with religious beliefs in order to control those beliefs, would it really surprise you?

Would you think that I am a tin foil hat wearing conspiracy theorist?

Would you care if I told you that the program was aimed at controlling fundamentalist Muslims?

How about fundamentalist Christians?

Here’s the backstory. In 2012, Arizona State Universityʼs Center for Strategic Communication or CSC was awarded a $6.1 million dollar research grant by DARPA or the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

The goal of the project according to ASUʼs website is to “study the neurobiology of narrative comprehension, validate narrative theories and explore the connection between narrative and persuasion.”

A lot of technical talk there, so lets dig into the details.

The CSC program is actually about creating narratives. Using effective communication, largely video, to control the thought process of groups of people. And ultimately to be able to trigger narratives through magnetic stimulation. At its core, the program is focused on how to win the narrative against Muslim extremism. It’s a fairly interesting concept.

According to documents leaked to us, this project integrates insights from three mutually-informing theoretical terrains.
In short, the goal of the program is to combat and change religious narratives because of their role in “extremist behavior.” The whistleblower who revealed this program to us, worked for several years on the program. They asked not to be identified.

Ben: What were you told about the proposal as you began working through it?

Whistleblower: Yeah, I thought that it was benign. They told me it was about trying to figure outwhat parts of the brain are affected by narrative persuasion. Just to figure it out just for academic reasons. So we looked at narrative transportation which is basically how an individual is transported into a narrative, how they understand it…kind of like when you read a good book you get really enthralled with it.

At its core, the program attempts to map the brain to determine which portions of the brain allow you to accept a narrative presented to you. It’s called narrative theory.

Mapping this network will lead to a fuller understanding of the influence narrative has on memory, emotion, theory of mind, identity and persuasion, which in turn influence the decision to engage in political violence or join violent groups or support groups ideologically or financially.

You see, the project is focused on the belief that the reason Muslims in the Middle East are swayed to religious violence is not because of the reality of what is going on around them per se, but because they are believing a local or a regional narrative.

Ben: The local and regional narrative then is that the brain automatically assumes things because of a narrative we’ve been taught since our childhood, is that it?

Whistleblower: Right yeah that’s true. We call those master narratives. So in America we have this “rags to riches” master narrative where if you work really hard you can become successful and make a ton of money. So in the Middle East, they always use the example of the Pharaoh. That’s the master narrative that’s in the Qur’an, where there’s this corrupt leader that, you know, is really bad for society. And they use the example of Sadat who was assassinated. When
the assassin killed him, he said, “I have killed the Pharaoh, I have killed the Pharaoh.” So they assume that he was relying upon this Islamic master narrative to fuel his actions.

So how does the program change this? Again a lot of technical speak here so stay with me. But it’s broken into three phases.