November 15, 2016
Incident: In what seems like the most bizarre incident reported yet in this blog’s short life, Rutgers professor Kevin Allred was taken in for psychiatric evaluation after for things he said in class and on Twitter after Trump’s election. “They kept saying, ‘You’re not under arrest, but if you don’t go with us we’ll take you by force.”
The police say the psychiatric evaluation was “based on comments he made in the classroom and on Twitter about killing white people.” Allred says the accusation comes because he had recently asked in class if white people would be more supportive of gun control if they were more likely to be the victims of gun crimes.
A more likely prompt for the incident was a tweet that said “If I see any Trump bumper stickers on the road today, my brakes will go out and I’ll run you off the road.” On the one hand, this is a threat of violence. On the other hand, unless the police have started to devote all their time to responding to threats on Twitter, this is a high point in selective enforcement.