Outside it’s (fascist) America
Posted by Arroyoribera on September 18, 2007
Think restricted “free speech.” Think Chief Kirkpatrick’s stage-managed forum/chat scheduled for 9/19/07 at Spokane City Council Chambers on the police riot in the park on July 4th against peacefully picnicking protesters. Think fascism. Think “America, land of the so-called free and home of the afraid”. Think — If I just sit here and do nothing, maybe the stock market will keep going up and we will elect a Democrat and this nightmare will end. Think — Not!
This occurred yesterday. See the video here:
· Andrew Meyer was asking questions at forum when campus police grabbed him
· Speaker, Sen. John Kerry, offered to answer Meyer’s questions
· Police tried to remove Meyer from the room, then Tasered and arrested him
· University police will hold internal investigation to see if proper procedures used
Student Tasered at John Kerry forum
Tuesday, September 18th 2007, 4:21 PM
Student Andrew Meyer struggles as University of Florida police try to remove him from a John Kerry forum on campus.
Video: Student Tasered at John Kerry speech — The University of Florida said today it has asked state law enforcement officials to investigate an incident in which campus police tasered a student as he tried to question Sen. John Kerry during a forum.Andrew Meyer, 21, was arrested after being zapped with a stun gun last night. He was released this morning on his own recognizance.
Video of the incident, posted on several Web sites, shows campus police officers pulling Meyer away from a microphone after the student loudly asks Kerry about impeaching President Bush and whether he and Bush both belonged to the secret society Skull and Bones when they were students at Yale University.
Meyer can be seen refusing to leave and becoming upset when officials cut the microphone off.
“That’s all right, let me answer his question,” Kerry (D-Mass.) says as two officers take Meyer by the arms.
Meyer is shown struggling as four officers try to remove him. The student screams for help and tries to break, then officers force him to the ground and order him to stop resisting.
Meyer cries out for the officers to let him go, then says, “Don’t Tase me, bro,” just before he is shocked by the Taser. The officers then lead him from the room as he screams, “What did I do?”
A university spokesman said campus police cut the microphone and removed Meyer because he had overstayed his allotted time to question the senator. Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, can be heard telling the audience that he would answer Meyer’s “very important question.”
Meyer was arrested for resisting an officer and disturbing the peace, but the State Attorney’s Office has not said whether he will be formally charged.
University President J. Bernard Machen said today he had asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the arrest and determine whether campus police used excessive force.
Two officers involved were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the probe, said Machen, who called the incident “regretful.”
“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 today he was sorry the discussion had been interrupted and he hoped no one was injured.