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African American news for the week of July 10, 2014.

Arizona State University officials have reversed their stance on an incident where a police officer body slammed Professor Dr. Ersula Ore to the ground for jaywalking. Initially, ASU supported the officer until officials saw a video of the incident. The University has now released an official statement showing more support for the professor. An ASU statement indicates that the situation will be investigated more thoroughly. Wrote Rob Page, a university Provost, "I am sure that those of you who observed the video and audio recordings of the incident were equally shocked and disappointed that this took place in our community. We ended up with an outcome no one wanted and should never have happened. Professor Ore is a valued faculty member at ASU. She is an outstanding teacher and mentor. The university remains supportive of her. The entire matter is being reviewed and a further statement from ASU is forthcoming." Video of the incident can be seen at www.azfamily.com