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    Prof. Glenn Reynolds (@instapundit) in the clear – No action by U Tennessee over “run them down” tweet

    Prof. Glenn Reynolds (@instapundit) in the clear – No action by U Tennessee over “run them down” tweet

    Don’t mess with the General of the Army of Davids.

    The University of Tennessee  at Knoxville apparently doesn’t want to take on the leader of the Army of Davids.

    We reported the other day that UTK was “investigating” Prof. Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit over the tweet suggesting that drivers surrounded by the violent racist mobs of rioters on Charlotee highways “run them down,” Twitter suspends Instapundit for suggesting people not become victims of racist thug rioters (Update):

    Instapundit Tweet Charlotte Riots

    Any reasonable person would have understood that tweet to mean that if threatened with deadly force by the rioters, you could escape by driving through the mob. That tweet and advice was consistent with the law of self-defense.

    But this being the internet, the reaction was not reasonable, and there was a 48 hour mini-rage at Prof. Reynolds, including by other law professors.

    Prof. Reynolds readily admitted he could have used more clear languate.

    UTK Law’s Dean announced an investigation.

    The investigation is done. No action will be taken, via Knox News:

    The University of Tennessee College of Law Dean Melanie D. Wilson said Tuesday that no disciplinary action will be taken against one of its law professors and contributing columnist for USA TODAY and the News Sentinel who urged motorists to run over demonstrators blocking traffic in Charlotte, N.C.

    “The tweet was an exercise of his First Amendment rights,” Wilson wrote in a post on the law school’s website.

    “Nevertheless, the tweet offended many members of our community and beyond, and I understand the hurt and frustration they feel.”

    It is important to get to the bottom of who complained to UTK and tried to get Prof. Reynolds fired. We intend to do just that.

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    Words have meaning, and the English language allows for very precise expression. Reynolds gets paid to write, so for him to apologize for sloppy writing that could be easily misconstrued is understandable. I think he was right in issuing an apology. I also think that anyone who interpreted his comment to be a call for vigilantism is an ignoramus.

    When I did an internship in InnerCity Detroit, I was told to cruise through lights and stop signs until I was in a safer area.

    When I moved to another city, I was working very late and cruised through a stop sign. When I was stopped, I explained that I had been trained to cruise through lights at certain times. The cop understood and gave me a warning.

    If he doesn’t actually think people should drive through those who try to block their way, even if they don’t fear for their lives, then I suppose he was right to apologize, as anyone should when their words imply something they didn’t intend.

    But I think hecklers should not be allowed a veto, and neither “protesters” nor picketers should be allowed to prevent peaceful people from going about their lawful business, so I think that if the police can’t or won’t remove such people then their victims should drive through them, even if they’re in no fear at all.

    If the law doesn’t agree, then the law should be changed.

    I was disappointed he apologized. I know it wasn’t much of an apology but they still get to say “he apologized.”

    I am really, really tired of our side apologizing for the special snowflakes’ hurt feelings. My son is a freshman in college and the crap he puts up with is astonishing. There is only one side of thought allowed in our country right now and I am very sick of it.

    good enough morgan | September 27, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    Finding the perps in inspiring the investigation of a tweet shouldn’t be all that hard, The usual suspects; the administration believed it had to go through whatever an investigation of a tweet might be in order to provide cover.

    This case ended well. Others where the speaker or tweeter might not be so bulletproof – that’s the worry.

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