Andrew Meyer, 21, apparently stepped out of bounds at a public forum with Senator John Kerry in Gainesville, Florida on Monday. His unwillingness to stop speaking lead him to be overpowered and then tasered.
The video can be viewed here.
While it’s true that Meyer did resist arrest, at the time of the tasing he was being held on the floor by 4 police officers. He had offered to walk out on his own two feet and was told he had no choice. Apparently his unwillingness to stop shouting was the offense that lead to the use of the taser.
Interestingly, Senator John Kerry did not seem to take offense to the question, and droned on in the background, trying to get the audience’s attention to answer the question posed by Mr. Meyer.
Some students grew anxious and told the police officers to stop when the taser was used.
Do you think his actions merited the use of brute force? And if not, why do you think everyone sat back and made no waves? Fear of authority? Fear of being arrested themselves?
The question posed to Kerry that seemed to invigorate the police was this: “Were you a member of skull and bones in college… as Bush. Were you a member of the same secret society?”