Kevin Allred (pictured) said he was released from the hospital after only two hours because there is nothing wrong with him — and doctors at Bellevue Hospital agreed.
(Bill Denver For NY Daily News)
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 11:04 AM
A Rutgers University professor says he was pulled from his Brooklyn home by the NYPD and taken for a psych evaluation, apparently because the school felt his tweets about flag burning and gun control the day after Donald Trump was elected President were “threatening.”
Kevin Allred said he was released from the hospital after only two hours because there is nothing wrong with him — and doctors at Bellevue Hospital agreed.
“The doctors were like, ‘This is ridiculous, why did they bring you here?’” Allred told the Daily News. “And I said, ‘That’s what I thought but they told me they had to do it.’”
The NYPD said in a statement that it responded to a Rutgers University Police Department call for assistance.
“We were informed by Rutgers PD that he made threats to kill white people and he was subsequently taken to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation,” the statement said.
Allred, however, said he simply asked, in a class the day after the presidential election — and then later on Twitter — whether conservatives would care as much about the Second Amendment if guns killed more white people.
“In class we talked about flag burning generally, as a form of protest, and what does the flag mean to different people,” Allred said. “Then I made a comment, essentially saying,‘Would people feel the same way about being so lenient with the Second Amendment if people went out and got guns to shoot random white people?’”
“They said that was a direct threat even though it was phrased like a question to think about and try to see the other side of the situation.”
A Rutgers spokesman said he was unaware of the incident and could not immediately comment.
Allred was at his Greenpoint home when police from the 94th Precinct showed up at 9 p.m. Tuesday and told him he needed to go to Bellevue. He teaches in the school’s women’s and gender studies department and has made headlines in the past for his class “Feminist Perspectives: Politicizing Beyoncé.”
He said officers told him they were there because Rutgers had been unable to contact him. “I have no record of them trying to call me or an email from them,” Allred said.
Allred asked what would happen if he refused to go.
“They said, ‘Yes, you can refuse, but then we’ll take you by force.’ They kept saying, ‘You’re not under arrest, but if you don’t go with us we’ll take you by force.’”
Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.
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Allred was not handcuffed and rode in an ambulance to Bellevue, he said.
The officers filled out some paperwork at the hospital and left, he said. He was released from the hospital about two hours later.
“That they zeroed in on this as a real problem, that police from different states, that they had to use all these resources is kind of mind-blowing to me,” he said.
Allred said he won’t delete his tweets.
“Yeah, it’s kind of incendiary, but it’s not a threat,” he said. “It’s meant to make people think about the other side. In my opinion, it’s perfectly within a freedom of speech parameter.”