Thursday, September 20, 2007

Don't tase me bro!

Three days after the incident at the University of Florida in which a student was tasered by university police at the end of a Question & Answer session with John Kerry, the web is buzzing with claims that Andrew Meyer is an attention seeker, in the habit of taping his own practical jokes.



It doesn't really matter how much of an attention seeker Andrew Meyer may or may not be. It's irrelevant to what happened. Yes, he was making a nuisance of himself by asking questions when the Q&A session had been closed. But he was tasered after he had already been wrestled to the ground and was held by 5 police officers. He had at least one handcuff on already. At am minimum that is bad police work, at worst that is excessive use of force. Andrew Meyer did not pose a threat to anyone. The fact that he tried to pull his arms away from those trying to restrain him doesn't tell me anything. That would be a normal physical reaction to being restrained against your will.

The focus is being shifted away from the incident and towards Meyer's personality (flaws). Even though the Q&A session was closed, Kerry had already said he would answer the questions. It is unfortunate the opportunity to hear the response was lost.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I agree with you. I live in Florida and the police here are out of control. They use excessive force and arrest people without any legal basis to do so. There was even a story about a 6 year old who was weaponless being tasered in school. How can police officers not be able to physically restrain a first grader?

makita said...

I hadn't heard of the incident you describe. If that doesn't have "LAWSUIT" scribbled all over it, I don't know know what would. I'm thinking of my little Kindergartener who will be in 1st grade next year, and some cop tasing him. Sure send my blood to its boiling point.

Anonymous said...

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I will admit however, it is pretty funny on an infant t-shirt

Tex said...

Now idiots are spending money on this craze. who's stupider, the buyers or the sellers? You can even get beanz to put in yer cupboard and suppress when you feel angry (no you can't actually buy them, but have a laugh): http://texschainmass.blogspot.com/

makita said...

Yeah,
I'm all for expressing your opinions on t-shirts, but I suspect this issue will be fairly short-lived. And I just cannot justify spending $20+ on a shirt I'm only going to wear twice or so.

Anonymous said...

Both parties (the boy and the police) should issue a public apology. Loaded questions delivered in this manner are not effective. The police were way out of line tasering. I am proud of the woman who vehemently objected in the background... making money on this, laughing at it is really unfortunate. We have a freedom to speak, there is nothing funny about that right being stripped away.

O. Torres said...
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O. Torres said...

It seems that John Kerry was a fall guy for the Bush administration. He behaved during the campaign as if he never intended to win the elections. If he had any presidential blood, he would have yelled out, "Enough!" and called for a stop to the brutality. Also, there is a documentary showing how the real ballots were tossed dumpsters that were totally different from the results--how the electronic ballots were tampered with a simple back door text file through MyComputer directory that overrides the software's password; no agency would take the case against the government in fear that it would compromise the faith of the american public in the electoral system...just like Al Gore's spineless concession to defeat.