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Old 09-18-2007, 06:40 PM   #61
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Let that be a lesson to people to be brief when participating in a Q & A session.

Maybe it was a pre-emptive strike against him cause he may have stuff at home that he could possibly use against one his neighbours in the future.

Seriously though, that was fucked up.
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LMFAO... If he'd stfu, stop flailing, and then not try to make a run for it, he might not have been tazered. Selfish bastard got greedy with his speaking time too during the Q & A session. I'm surprised they didn't baton his ass as well.
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http://video.nbc6.net/player/?id=157250

This video shows a lot of the aftermath. While I can see the guy was getting heated and way too overexcited, especially in the presence of a politician, I think the police went way beyond the point of duty here.
He has a valid point at the end. No one told him why he was being arrested, nor did they even read him his rights. I'm sure they probably did later, but isn't it supposed to be done at the moment of arrest?
Dude, is he a moron? Why does he think he got "arrested." He was a loud, selfish bastard hogging the Q & A time.
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I don't understand why they tased him. It looked like they had enough police there to take him out of the room and control him without the tasering. He didn't have a weapon and it didn't look like he was punching or kicking them.

That's not even getting into the free speech issue.

As for the guy being a douche, well he is a Gator after all .

He looked like a threat to me. He deosn't need a weapon to be a threat. He was a big dude with an annoying never-ending whine who happens to plead ignorance when he doesn't get his way.

Free speech issues? I see no free speech issues.
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LMFAO... If he'd stfu, stop flailing, and then not try to make a run for it, he might not have been tazered. Selfish bastard got greedy with his speaking time too during the Q & A session. I'm surprised they didn't baton his ass as well.
Oh, I don't know, maybe they should have just shot him in the head?

These traitorous troublemakers deserve everything they get!
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* Story Highlights
* Florida Division of Law Enforcement to probe arrest of student
* University spokesman: Andrew Meyer was "being disruptive"
* Some students protest arrest, call it unacceptable in the United States
* Kerry: In 37 years of appearances "I have never had a dialogue end this way"

(CNN) -- Two University of Florida police officers have been placed on leave with pay after using an electronic stun gun to subdue a student who was questioning Sen. John Kerry at a campus forum, the school's president said Tuesday.

The Florida Division of Law Enforcement will investigate Monday's arrest of student Andrew Meyer, said J. Bernard Machen. Machen called the incident "regretful for us."

"The thing that I regret is that civil dialogue and civil discourse did not happen," Machen said. "That's fundamental to a university campus. Why it didn't happen is what we're trying to sort out."

During Monday's forum, Meyer came to the microphone to question why the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee from Massachusetts did not contest his loss to President Bush in the pivotal state of Ohio over allegations that African-American voters were disenfranchised, why he did not support Bush's impeachment and whether he belonged to the Yale University secret society Skull and Bones, as Bush did.

Meyer had about a minute and a half at the microphone before police stepped in to haul him away. As he tried to escape their grip, Kerry protested, "That's all right, let me answer his question."
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Oh, I don't know, maybe they should have just shot him in the head?

These traitorous troublemakers deserve everything they get!
Now you're being an extremist. We live in America. But who knows? Those neo-con police officers may have put a bullet through his head right after everyone cut off their cameras...
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Just b/c those officers are on paid leave doesn't mean they will necessarily be punished. The guy had his time to speak and then some. The officers were asked to escort that yahoo away from the mic when he refused to let Kerry answer. The real victim is John Kerry in all this.
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How many of us would have loved to have had that same opportunity to ask a thought provoking question to someone so powerful and actually be able to resist becoming a selfish brat who felt entitled to have the forum all to himself?
He was arrested. What in anything that he did was illegal?

I have to say, I get chills (the bad kind ) when I read things like you should expect to take your changes on getting tazed or arrested when you get "overexcited" in a cop's presence.

Headache, that sounded like a totally sane post to me.

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I've been to these types of forums or lectures where they have a Q & A session right after, and I'm glad someone had the balls to actually do something about that one annoying guy who always has to ask more than one question while asking all "rhetorical" questions. You know the guy who is the attention whore who uses up all the Q & A portion of the forum. Mebbe it will be a warning to those kinds of people to keep it short and sweet.
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On Tuesday, Kerry released a statement saying he was not aware of the severity of the police response.

"In 37 years of public appearances, through wars, protests and highly emotional events, I have never had a dialogue end this way. I believe I could have handled the situation without interruption, but again I do not know what warnings or other exchanges transpired between the young man and the police prior to his barging to the front of the line and their intervention. I asked the police to allow me to answer the question and was in the process of answering him when he was taken into custody. I was not aware that a Taser was used until after I left the building. I hope that neither the student nor any of the police were injured. I regret enormously that a good healthy discussion was interrupted," Kerry said.
Kerry described the situation as a guy "barging to the front of the line." I bet he probably thought the guy was douche as well and probably longed for a Coulter pie in the face instead of hearing the douche drone on and on.
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When did John Kerry hire the storm troopers away from the Republicans?

Seriously though, this story would be a lot bigger if the kid was removed from a Bush or Rudy rally in the same way.
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Kerry described the situation as a guy "barging to the front of the line." I bet he probably thought the guy was douche as well and probably longed for a Coulter pie in the face instead of hearing the douche drone on and on.
Flying FuManchu, what age are you? Your answer may be important for some of us in adjudging how seriously to take your posts. If you are over 18 for example, I'd be pretty concerned.
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LMFAO... If he'd stfu, stop flailing, and then not try to make a run for it, he might not have been tazered. Selfish bastard got greedy with his speaking time too during the Q & A session. I'm surprised they didn't baton his ass as well.


i know!

that douchebag Rodney King had it coming too.

and wtf is that Matthew Sheppard doing coming on to straight guys? he *made* them panic!
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Seriously though, this story would be a lot bigger if the kid was removed from a Bush or Rudy rally in the same way.


i think deep has a point -- this guy would never, ever have gotten into a Bush event.

but this begs the question, why would it have been a bigger story? why do you think people are more suspicious of Republicans and civil liberties? is it because Republicans have a reputation of crushing dissent? is it because of the highly selected audiences Bush speaks to (like those people cheering on the south lawn of the WH today)?
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