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TEMPE, Ariz. - A campus police officer accused of using excessive force on an Arizona State University professor during an arrest is on paid administrative leave.

The school said Wednesday that a preliminary review found Officer Stewart Ferrin neither racially profiled English professor Ersula Ore nor used excessive force, but has asked the FBI to look into whether any civil rights violations happened during the May 20 arrest.

>>Mobile app users: Go to youtube.com/watch?v=BU9Zjfphuto to watch the raw video of the arrest.

"The officer needs to be removed from the force.  You can't have an officer manhandling a professor," said Bishop Jeffery Metcalff of the Maricopa County National Action Network.

The civil rights activist is now calling for the ASU officer to be fired, because of this arrest.

Dash cam video caught the confrontation between Ferrin and Ore, who ended up being thrown to the ground before she was handcuffed.  The video also shows Ore kicking an officer after she was cuffed.

"This fits racial profiling.. this fits discrimination," said Metcalff.

The FBI is looking into those claims.  Meanwhile, former Phoenix Police Lt. Bob Kavanagh says Ferrin's actions were not excessive and he actually showed great restraint.

"When she became verbally and later physically resistant, he didn't take her into custody quick enough.  In my view, he should've arrested her sooner, cuffed her and put her in a police car."

Kavanagh says it was Ore who escalated the verbal confrontation into a physical one.

"She was not complying with his clear instructions, so in my view, she caused it herself.  She was trying to get away.. it looked like and that's why she went to the ground," he said.

Ore was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an officer, resisting arrest, refusing to provide identification and obstructing a public thoroughfare.

 The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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