Based on the written statement that Dean Michael Moffitt released, "The University of Oregon School of Law has reassigned the teaching responsibilities of adjunct instructor James Olmsted to Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Adell Amos. This is a personnel decision, and as such we are unable to discuss details of the situation at this time."
He added, "We are aware that Mr. Olmsted was involved in an incident with students on the afternoon of Thursday, March 14. As dean, I expect all members of the University of Oregon School of Law community to conduct themselves with the highest degree of professionalism and respect for public discourse, especially with those with whom they may disagree."
The statement was probably because of the videos posted on Photography Is Not a Crime, where the said instructor was heard arguing with several protestors, grabbing the camera when he asked if he was being filmed and taking an electronic device and putting it in his back pocket as described in a Daily Emerald article, that the school officials might have watched.
The said article was about Students Against Imperialism mock border checkpoint.
The videos, although some appeared blank, provided clear audio of the confrontations between the students and Olmsted where one student said that she felt threatened by his apparent aggresive take on the subject. At one point on the video, a man tried to rescue the said woman by trying to distance the said instructor from the woman by extending his arm to separate the two where Olmsted responded, "Get away from my space, you prick." After doing so, the instructor then moved forward to within inches to the man's face.
Profanity on both parties could also be heard on the said videos. Olmsted eventually told the group, "Start a war, get a gun, shoot me first. I'm right here." after arguing that the protest was not an effective way of addressing their concerns about fair treatment of individuals crossing the border into the U.S. Aside from this, he also indirectly argued that ancestors of indigenous groups at issue in the protest historically treated others in a highly objectionable manner.
It was said that Olmsted who earned his law degree from the University of California at Davis, was admitted in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. He was also considered as a land-use expert. He taught for the university's well-regarded School of Law Environmental and Natural Resources.
He remained tight lipped on the said incident.