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Student arrested and tasered

Postby theclefe » Tue Sep 18, 2007 7:50 pm

Been hearing a lot about this on the radio. Here is a series of videos on YouTube. There are a lot of camera angles too if you search more.
Tasered

And an article...
AP wrote:
By TRAVIS REED, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 39 minutes ago

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - A university student with a history of taping his own practical jokes was Tasered by campus police and arrested after loudly and repeatedly trying to ask U.S. Sen. John Kerry questions during a campus forum.
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Andrew Meyer, 21, spent a night in jail before his release from jail Tuesday morning on his own recognizance. He had no comment when he left. His attorney, Robert Griscti, did not return messages seeking comment.

Videos of the Monday night incident, posted on several Web sites and played repeatedly on television news, show University of Florida police officers pulling Meyer away from the microphone after he asks Kerry about impeaching President Bush and whether he and Bush were both members of the secret society Skull and Bones at Yale University.

University spokesman Steve Orlando said Meyer was asked to leave the microphone after his allotted time was up. Meyer can be seen refusing to walk away and getting upset that the microphone was cut off.

As two officers take Meyer by the arms, Kerry, D-Mass., can be heard saying, "That's all right, let me answer his question."

Audience members applaud, and Meyer struggles for several seconds as up to four officers try to remove him from the room. Meyer screams for help and tries to break away from officers with his arms flailing at them, then is forced to the ground and officers order him to stop resisting.

As Kerry tells the audience he will answer the student's "very important question," Meyer yells at the officers to release him, crying out, "Don't Tase me, bro," just before he is shocked by the Taser. He is then led from the room, screaming, "What did I do?"

Meyer was arrested on charges of resisting an officer and disturbing the peace, according to Alachua County jail records, but the State Attorney's Office had yet to make the formal charging decision. Police recommended charges of resisting arrest with violence, a felony, and disturbing the peace and interfering with school administrative functions, a misdemeanor.

University President J. Bernard Machen issued a statement Tuesday saying he requested the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the arrest. Officials said it would determine whether the officers used an appropriate level of force.

Machen called the situation "regretful" in an afternoon news conference and said two officers involved in the incident were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the probe.

"We're absolutely committed to having a safe environment for our faculty and our students so that a free exchange of ideas can occur," Machen said.

Kerry said Tuesday he regretted that a healthy discussion was interrupted and that he never had a dialogue end that way in 37 years of public appearances. He also said he hoped neither the student nor police were injured.

"Whatever happened, the police had a reason, had made their decision that there was something they needed to do. Then it's a law enforcement issue, not mine," he told The Associated Press in Washington.

Meyer has his own Web site and it contains several "comedy" videos that he appears in. In one, he stands in a street with a sign that says "Harry Dies" after the latest Harry Potter book was released. In another, he acts like a drunk while trying to pick up a woman in a bar.

The site also has what is called a "disorganized diatribe" attributed to Meyer that criticizes the Iraq war, the news media for not covering the conflict enough and the American public for paying too much attention to celebrity news.


What do you guys think?
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Re: Student arrested and tasered

Postby josebach » Tue Sep 18, 2007 7:55 pm

theclefe wrote:What do you guys think?


I think the student was an a$$hole and the cops overreacted.
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Re: Student arrested and tasered

Postby dclark0699 » Tue Sep 18, 2007 10:51 pm

I don't understand how he was placed under arrest in the first place...but had he complied, nothing would have happened to him and I'm sure he wouldn't have been charged with anything.
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Re: Student arrested and tasered

Postby JTWood » Wed Sep 19, 2007 12:46 am

josebach wrote:
theclefe wrote:What do you guys think?


I think the student was an a$$hole and the cops overreacted.

Agreed. After watching it many, many times today, I have decided that yes, the kid was a douche, yes, the cops overreacted, and yes, I cannot get enough of listening to the taser sequence over and over again:

"Don't taser me, bro! OW! Owwww... owwwwwwwwwww....."

I'm evil, apparently. }:-)
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Re: Student arrested and tasered

Postby Madison » Wed Sep 19, 2007 12:48 am

I'm thinking they should have tasered him sooner. I mean one officer had to carry him out of the room because he wouldn't leave peacefully for crying out loud. If the kid wasn't taught any better than that and he's really that stupid, take three tasers, cross the streams Ghostbuster-style, and turn him into a crispy critter.




Yes, I know there are no streams for tasers. Figure of speech, but gets the point across.
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Re: Student arrested and tasered

Postby ThatDude » Wed Sep 19, 2007 2:04 am

Act like a douche, get treated like a douche.

There's a story from someone that was sitting a couple rows behind the microphone. Apparently the guy had jumped in front of some other people and interrupted someone else's question earlier. The cops were going to remove him then, but Kerry stepped up and told the cops to leave him and even said he would answer the guy's question.

After he finished answering the question of the guy who got interrupted in the first place, Kerry went back to this douche, and that's where the videos kick in.
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Re: Student arrested and tasered

Postby Pacman » Wed Sep 19, 2007 8:16 am

John Kerry later said he was FOR the tasing before he was AGAINST the tasing...


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(couldn't reisit.... I'm from Mass., and I just can't stand John Kerry)
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Re: Student arrested and tasered

Postby Art Vandelay » Wed Sep 19, 2007 8:38 am

If I were listening to John Kerry speak, I'd welcome a Tasering.

Police should use Tasers the same way they use their other weapons: to subdue dangerous people, not to get idiot college kids to shut up. This kid was being a nuisance, not a risk. If the police used one of their other weapons, like their night sticks, the reactions to this would be much different, but they shouldn't be. It's lazy, overzealous policing and they should be fired (at least) for their actions.
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Re: Student arrested and tasered

Postby josebach » Wed Sep 19, 2007 8:48 am

Art Vandelay wrote:It's lazy, overzealous policing and they should be fired (at least) for their actions.



and STUPID!!!!! There were at least 5 cops on that guy and numerous cameras filming it. Talk about poor judgement. I'm sure tasering idiots is a lot of fun... I mean it looks like fun... but show some restraint and USE YOUR HEAD MAN!!! :-b

IMO, the only cop(s) who should get in trouble were those who did the tasering. The guy was obviously resisting and I don't think the other cops there did anything wrong.
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Re: Student arrested and tasered

Postby Madison » Wed Sep 19, 2007 9:57 am

Art Vandelay wrote:This kid was being a nuisance, not a risk.


That's why he got tasered instead of shot. :-D

Art Vandelay wrote: It's lazy, overzealous policing and they should be fired (at least) for their actions.


Lazy? They CARRIED him to the exit. :-b

I'd give them a medal. The kid deserved much more than what he got.
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