After confrontation with students, UO instructor's classes reassigned

After confrontation with students, UO instructor's classes reassigned
A screengrab from one of the YouTube videos posted Thursday

EUGENE, Ore. - A law school instructor caught on camera in a confrontation with student protesters has had his teaching responsiblities reassigned, the University of Oregon School of Law said in a statement.

"The University of Oregon School of Law has reassigned teaching responsibilities for adjunct instructor James Olmsted to Associated Dean for Academic Affairs Adell Amos," the school said. "This is a personnel decision and we are unable to discuss details of the situation at this time."

Campus police cited Olmsted for theft and two counts of harassment at the student-led protest on campus.

KVAL News reached Olmsted by phone Friday. He was very upset and said it would be best if he did not make any public comments on Thursday's incident on campus.

Olmsted, a local attorney, is shown in YouTube videos in a confrontation with protesters from Students Against Imperialism, a group concerned about U.S./Mexico border issues and Palestinian liberation.

Diana Salazar, a senior at the UO who co-founded Students Against Imperialism with junior Jaki Salgado, said Olmsted grabbed her after a heated argument at the mock border checkpoint protest held at outside the Erb Memorial Union on Thursday afternoon.

Salgado said she started taking video on her camera phone just seconds after the confrontation at the protest started.

The video shows Olmsted shoving students and yelling explicit language while engaging in an argument with students in front of the EMU amphitheater.

Salgado said Olmsted grabbed her camera phone while she was taking video. She said he did not return the phone until campus police arrived.

A spokesman with the UO Police Department told KVAL News Olmsted was arrested in front of the EMU Thursday afternoon and cited for theft and two counts of harassment. Police added that the incident is an ongoing investigation and that charges may be changed in the future.

Ty Steele from KVAL News is looking into what happened for a story set to air Friday.

Statement from University of Oregon

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