Student tasered at Kerry speech (taser audio inside)

deadfruitvirus

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http://www.gainesvillesun.com/article/20070917/NEWS/70917016/1002/NEWS

Excerpt:
The audience member was preliminarily identified by UF officials as Andrew Meyer, a UF student in the College of Journalism and Communications.

Toward the conclusion of Kerry's UF forum, Meyer approached an open microphone at the University Auditorium and demanded Kerry answer his questions. The student claimed that University Police Department officers had already threatened to arrest him, and then proceeded to question Kerry about why he didn't contest the 2004 presidential election and why there had been no moves to impeach President Bush.

A minute or so into what became a combative diatribe, Meyer's microphone was turned off and officers began trying to physically remove him from the auditorium. Meyer flailed his arms, yelling as police tried to restrain him.

He was then pushed to the ground by six officers, at which point Meyer yelled, "What have I done? What I have I done? Get away from me. Get off of me! What did I do? ... Help me! Help."

Police threatened to user a Taser on Meyer if he did not "comply," but he continued to resist being handcuffed. He was then Tased, which prompted him to scream and writhe in pain on the floor of the auditorium.

The video is on the page. You have to wait a little bit, but soon enough you'll hear one of the wussiest taser screams ever.
 

abudabit

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Haha, what a douche. Mission accomplished for him though, he was the center of attention.
 

thrawn42

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The guy's obviously a bit of a dramatic wackjob, but those officers better pray he doesn't have the where-with-all to bring about a lawsuit. He would have a very good case against them. Though out of turn, his 'diatribe' in no way validates the amount of force they brought down on him.
 
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his 'diatribe' in no way validates the amount of force they brought down on him.
Absolutely not. HE may be an annoying douchebag but he shouldn't have even been arrested, much less fuckign tasered while SIX OFFICERS were holding him to the ground.

Way too much force for something that shouldn't have even had any force in the first place.

They could have just escorted the kid outside and told him to calm down.

I hope he does sue the department for that shit. They deserve it. If they didn't want people asking questions then they shouldn't have had a FUCKING OPEN MICROPHONE for questions. He was well within his right to get on the mic. It would have been another story if he jumped on stage and took over the mic, but he didn't.
 

burky79

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The guy's obviously a bit of a dramatic wackjob, but those officers better pray he doesn't have the where-with-all to bring about a lawsuit. He would have a very good case against them. Though out of turn, his 'diatribe' in no way validates the amount of force they brought down on him.

Absolutely not. HE may be an annoying douchebag but he shouldn't have even been arrested, much less fuckign tasered while SIX OFFICERS were holding him to the ground.

Way too much force for something that shouldn't have even had any force in the first place.

They could have just escorted the kid outside and told him to calm down.

I hope he does sue the department for that shit. They deserve it. If they didn't want people asking questions then they shouldn't have had a FUCKING OPEN MICROPHONE for questions. He was well within his right to get on the mic. It would have been another story if he jumped on stage and took over the mic, but he didn't.
right and right.


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there is a response later in the article about the Cpt's view
After the incident, Capt. Jeff Holcomb of the UPD said Meyer had been charged with disrupting a public event and placed in the Alachua County Jail. Holcomb said there would be an investigation into whether the officers used force appropriately, adding that employing a Taser gun would only be justified in a case where there was a threat of physical harm to officers.
 

WhiskeyWhispers

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I guess none of you have ever had a run in with the police. That kid got what was coming. You do not resist arrest and flail your arms and push back, they will throw you down and cuff you every time. I thought black people were the only ones who don't understand this. If you feel you are being wronged, you can fight it/sue later, in the meantime you should just shut your mouth and cooperate.

The kid is a little bitch anyway.
 

abudabit

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The police were not arresting him. They were escorting him from the microphone. He then began panicking, pushing them, yelling, etc. which is when more police surrounded him. Then he escalated it more so they started to have to use force. I'm 100% on the police's side on this. They didn't arrest him because he was speaking out of turn, they arrested him because he attacked anyone who tried to escort him from the microphone.
 

abudabit

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why were they 'escorting him' from the microphone?
Because each person was supposed to ask 1 question and he was up there for almost 2 minutes firing off questions. After being asked to take a seat he stayed up there and continued to hog the microphone.

Everybody was supposed to be able to ask a question, why is it fair for him to not leave the microphone after asking his question? Why should he be allowed to attack anyone trying to free up the microphone? It isn't his microphone, it isn't his property. It's the universities microphone and the universities property and the university asked for him to step away from the microphone so other students could ask their questions.
 

ShooterMcGavin

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He was acting like a douche. NOTHING would have happened if he would have complied with the original officer and just stepped away from the microphone. Instead he struggled and tried to make some fucking point because students ALWAYS have SOMETHING to say about EVERYTHING and want to CHANGE THE WORLD MAAAAAN.

This is what happens when you struggle. The cops were doing their job. It's damage control. They shouldn't have tased him, right, but it would have been a good thing to just take the kid out of the room and tell him to shut the hell up.

Oh and John Kerry is an idiot for not asking what the hell was going on in front of him. That wishy-washy boob just sat there babbling as all the attention was on the situation.
 

Arch Stanton

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Oh and John Kerry is an idiot for not asking what the hell was going on in front of him. That wishy-washy boob just sat there babbling as all the attention was on the situation.
Absolutely. I saw it once. He kept mumbling on mic while this went on in front of him.
This is a Vietnem Veteren speaking that was awarded medals. He did nothing.
 

HumpX

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I think the dude was a complete fucking jackhole but the security overreacted. After they cut his mike he looked like he was going to just throw up his hands and stomp off but the guards tried restrain him to show their authority.

When he was on the ground going theatrical I was really praying that they would taser him repeatedly.....and then turn around and do it to the chick who was in hysterics. She was more fucking annoying than any of them.
 

ShooterMcGavin

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I wrote a blog about it. Here :)

http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog&Mytoken=A226C2F8-2E3B-4364-BEAABDD96C0E8EC42148084
Alright, so there's been a lot of talk about this today. Everyone says the cops went a little too far, and maybe they did, but here's my take on the whole thing.

This guy is just like 90% of college students: a dramatic, whiny, smug douchebag who thinks he is smarter than everyone else, and he's got a point to prove. The question was obviously driven by a "shame on you" anti-Bush agenda.

I've read a lot of opinions from various message boards, and they are all the same. "He had every right to speak his mind. The cops went too far."

Those officers were there to act as security. When one douchebag started to raise his voice and began preaching rather than asking the question he was up there to ask, the officers tried to tell him to sit down. He ignored the officers, kept preaching, and struggled when an officer grabbed him. When you struggle against an officer, you are going to pay the consequences.

As he continued struggling, the officers used more force. Eventually they had to taze him. If this kid would have just asked his question, shut the hell up, and sat down, there would have been no problem. But of course he can't do that, because he doesn't answer to authority maaaaann.

So of course every student in the nation is watching this video and looking at this kid like he's a fucking martyr. Yeah, because yelling, "don't taze me bro," and, "Ow, ow ow," really dignifies a person. Go fuck yourselves.

Why is it that cops are always shit on for doing their job? The kid struggled, so they used more force to control him. That's what they are trained to do. You cannot get unruly during this type of event or you will be considered a threat, you fucking moron. And if this kid was black? Forget about it. Al Sharpton would be all over the news for weeks comparing it to Rodney King.

If I had to pick one thing about college that I hate, it's the students. Everyone that goes to college turns into a smug liberal douche. Everyone's smarter than everyone else, and everyone wants to change the world maaaaaan. The truth is, you're all nobodies. Preach your values and impose your agendas on people all you like, asshole; nothing can change the fact that you are just an insignificant little parasite on a rock hurling through the cosmos. Next time you think you are important--the next time you even imagine what it would be like to BE important--look up at the sky. Yeah. Don't feel so powerful now, do you asshole?





Oh, and regardless of anyone's opinion on this situation...People getting tazed: ALWAYS FUNNY. Always. :)
 

LiddyRules

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"Don't taze me bro?"

If you use the term "bro" you really should be tazed.
 
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with that many officers around they shouldn't have needed to tazer him
 

fuckwit

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where was Kerry through all this? what a fucking leader he is. lets a kid get tazed over a fucking open mic.
 

MJMANDALAY

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All I know is that if the Cops had the proper compliance training it would not have not gone down like that. It should have taken no more then 3 seconds to have that guy in an escort position at the microphone, and walked out by 1 Cop. Thats is ridiculous and embarasing to have that guy still yelling when you have 6 Cops trying to effect an arrest.
 

The Phoenix

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Resisting arrest, hands flying around as they tried to cuff him, whining ass dickbag. Get the tazer!
 

abudabit

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All I know is that if the Cops had the proper compliance training it would not have not gone down like that. It should have taken no more then 3 seconds to have that guy in an escort position at the microphone, and walked out by 1 Cop. Thats is ridiculous and embarasing to have that guy still yelling when you have 6 Cops trying to effect an arrest.
They're campus police. Give them a break.