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ARIZONA (CNN) A female professor at Arizona State University is thrown to the ground by a campus police officer after refusing to produce her ID, CNN affiliate KTVK reports.

The county attorney's office decided to charge the professor with aggravated assault.

However, Ersula Ore says the officer is the one who was out of line.

Its video that's pretty shocking to watch.

But before it gets to the this point, the officer in this police report says he stopped the woman, who turned out to be a professor, for walking in the middle of the street with traffic.

"Put your hands behind your back right now; I'm going to slam you on this car," the officer said.

"Do you really want to do that? Do you see what I'm wearing? Don't talk to me like this. This entire thing has been about your lack of respect for me, as a citizen, as a professor of the University of Arizona State," Ore responds.

The confrontation is caught on dash cam video between Ore and an ASU police officer who stopped her while she was walking in the middle of the street. The situation quickly escalates. But before it gets physical, here's what said out of camera view.

"Let me see your ID, or you will be arrested for failing to provide ID," the officer said.

"Are you serious?" Ore responds.

"Yes, I'm serious. That is the law. If you don't understand the law, I'm explaining the law to you," the officer said.

"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 said.

The ASU officer says Ore repeatedly refused orders and as he attempts to handcuff her, the struggle intensifies.

"Stop fighting me. stop..stop. are you serious?" Ore said.

Professor Ore, wearing a dress, is left exposed while on the ground. As she gets up, you can see she kicks the officer in the left shin.

"Her dress was up, the officer was reaching toward her anatomy. She felt uncomfortable with his hands going there," her attorney Natalie Duran said.

Duran says Ore is claiming self-defense.

The professor faces charges of assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, failing to provide ID and obstructing a public thoroughfare.

"She's a very intelligent woman, very educated. The reality is her life's work is cultural studies and communication. Itas a tough pill to swallow. Not only affects the rest of her life, but also the treatment she received. It's a roller coaster of emotions," Dunn said.

Ore tells CNN the officer didn't give her the chance to explain.

"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.

Statement from ASU Sunday night:

"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."

"In addition, although no university police protocols were violated, university police are conducting a review of whether the officer involved could have avoided the confrontation that ensued."

"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."

"The Maricopa County Attorney's Office has independently reviewed all available evidence, including the police report, witness statements, and audio and video recordings of the incident, and decided to press criminal charges of assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, refusing to provide identification when requested to do so by an officer, and obstructing a highway or public thoroughfare. The charge of assaulting an officer is based on the fact that Dr. Ore kicked the officer as is shown on the video and as she admitted in her recorded statements to the police."

ASU plans to conduct an independent review on whether excessive force was used or if there was racial motivation by any of the officers involved.

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