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Old 09-18-2007, 11:14 PM   #76
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Dude, is he a moron? Why does he think he got "arrested." He was a loud, selfish bastard hogging the Q & A time.


There are plenty of loud, selfish, bastards who hog everything. That doesn't make them criminals. It makes them assholes, but it's not something that demands an arrest.

I've seen louder and more physical scuffles at my workplace and everything can be resolved if there is just ONE member of either side that calms down.
You can even hear Kerry in the background asking everyone to please calm down.

I can see that the guy was irate in the first place, this is probably his only opportunity to address Kerry and he was hoping to garner a whole bunch of MYEAHS! when he asked for Bush to get impeached. That didn't mean he was inciting a riot. He was just looking for support when he obviously felt surrounded by the cops.
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I'm pretty sure FuManchu is trying to get everyone's goat in here. That, or he's delusional.

I watched the video 3 times now, and it gets more and more unnerving. I cannot come close to accurately describing how much this episode bothers me.

The guy did not one thing to warrant this sort of treatment. So frustrating to me. So fucking frustrating.
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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.
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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.
He comes in once every few months trolls a while and then leaves...
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it would be nice if once, just once... one of these blowhards who preaches about how our civil rights are being violated actually stood up for someone else's, especially when it's happening right in front of their own eyes.

it's why i hate democrats as much as i hate republicans. they're all hypocrits.


oh, Headache, please go read some history or do some googling, .....there are democrats AND republicans {NOT neo-cons} who have {and are} stood up for various crucial things through the decades.
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Though Kerry didn't see everything that was happening, the fact that the police forcibly removed the guy while he was asking a question that Kerry was willing to answer seems like enough for Kerry to have responded with something stronger. He may not have anticipated the student getting tasered but he must have known that just removing the guy was way off.

But I agree with U2Democrat that Kerry shouldn't be the main focus of criticism.
no i think he isa part of it in this sense.........
.......i mean, if the guy turned to be a more serious problem then it would have come out...but I'd rather Kerry had really used some REAL lung power right thren and there. Maybe it wouldn't have stopped it, but maybe it would of. Kerry WAS right there at the start.

as to police.........
I've been at , mnay various [ real political type] events with Q & A's thru the years....
....if someone got obnoxious, eventually the mike would be cut off, the audience boo , and i don't know if I've ever seen local internal security people do someting [let alone have police there] etc and things would wind down eventually.

ANd i mean post-1968 when political figures & the event holder had to be more concerned about safety/dsecurity issues.


This was apalling!
I would have been horrified if I'd been there!

Some talk show host on the radio said they guys likes to sometimes provoke people ..and thought he was "over-acting"..
.............that still dosen't "earn" him being manhadled and tasered.

yeah, like right..........how'd you like 4 or so officers around you, moving you away, forcing you on the ground, and then tasering you? fucking hell..........

maybe the police, or somebody didn't like the questions.........?
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runs to get taser
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runs to get taser

*runs very fast & ffarrrrrrrrrrrrr away!!!*
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tasers are sick

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I remember a thread a while back about a tasering on campus, can't remember what the issue that started it, but it was very similar to this. It was on campus, several different videos circulating on the internet, and the procedure was similar(if I remember right) they hauled him almost to the exit and then tasered him right there as they had him held down.
Yes, I believe it was a library on campus and the guy refused to leave.
He started screaming "What did I do?" and "I'm not resisting arrest." He got tasered 5 or 6 times, yet at the same time being asked to "get up".

As for "Kerry could have stopped this" (assuming he saw tasers being used), there were people in immediate proximity in that particular campus library incident that demanded the officer's badges/names and yelled at the cops to stop the taser ab(use). The police's response ? "You'll be next."

Hopefully the video can be evidence enough for the policemen to be punished.
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Apparently he has a history of pulling pranks and then posting them on his web site as some sort of claim to fame. So perhaps that was his goal, it did seem rather melodramatic even before he was tasered. That doesn't excuse at all the way the police reacted, but maybe it's a reason for his behavior prior to the tasering. Maybe he wanted some drama-not that sort of drama obviously.
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no i think he isa part of it in this sense.........
.......i mean, if the guy turned to be a more serious problem then it would have come out...but I'd rather Kerry had really used some REAL lung power right thren and there. Maybe it wouldn't have stopped it, but maybe it would of. Kerry WAS right there at the start.
see my later post in which, after seeing a clearer video of the incident, I was more critical of Kerry - I agree with you, basically
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GAINESVILLE - Police have released the incident report detailing the Tasering of a University of Florida student during a campus forum with Sen. John Kerry Monday, and the officer who actually Tasered Andrew Meyer wrote in the report that Meyer later told police, "You didn't do anything wrong."

In the 12-page report, which gives accounts of the incident from the perspective of eight different officers who were present Monday afternoon, Officer Nicole Mallo writes that Meyer would only resist officers when cameras were present.

"As (Meyer) was escorted down stairs (at the University Auditorium) with no cameras in sight, he remained quiet, but once the cameras made their way down stairs he started screaming and yelling again," Mallo wrote.

Mallo was one of two officers who actually rode in the vehicle as Meyer was escorted to the Alachua County jail, and she said said he told them during the ride: "I am not mad at you guys, you didn't do anything wrong, you were just trying to do your job," according to Mallo's account.

Mallo also wrote in her report that he asked, at one point, if cameras would be present at the jail.

The report details the events leading up to Meyer's arrest, saying that Meyer was in line to ask a question of Sen. Kerry when it was decided that no more questions would be allowed.

Meyer continued down the aisle toward Sen. Kerry angrily, according to police, saying he wanted the senator to answer his question because he had been waiting for two hours.

Though Sen. Kerry directed that Meyer be allowed to ask his question, police reported that Meyer did not ask any specific question and instead "badgered" the senator, and at one point said something about President Clinton being impeached over a sexual act.

At that point, police reported that ACCENT Director Max Tyroler turned off Meyer's microphone and asked police to escort him out of the auditorium, saying, "He had said enough," according to Officer Mallo's report.

Officers then proceeded to attempt to remove Meyer from the room, but when he resisted, they placed him on the ground and tried to handcuff him. The six officers who actually took part in holding Meyer down while he was being handcuffed reported that they were only able to get a handcuff on his right hand because he was squirming so much.

The supervising officer, Sgt. Eddie King, attempted to Taser Meyer on his chest, but he reported that his Taser would not deploy. He then instructed Mallo to Taser Meyer, and she Tasered him on his shoulder, according to one of the officer's report.

The officers were then able to fully handcuff Meyer and escort him from the building. Each of the six officers reported that Meyer yelled things like, "They're going to kill me," and, "They are giving me to the government," while he was being taken from the room.

Friends say student arrest not a stunt
6:37 p.m.

Despite humorous videos, pictures and acts attributed to Andrew Meyer online, friends of the University of Florida student insist his arrest Monday at an appearance by Sen. John Kerry was not any sort of publicity stunt.

"I think he just got scared," said Jon Levy, who identified himself as a student and a friend of Meyer's. "He is a funny person, but he is a funny person who really wants political change.

"He went there to ask some tough questions," Levy said.

Another friend and UF student, Michael Goldman, said he didn't believe Meyer intended for anything unusual to happen.

However, one of the many videos circulating of the incident was shot with Meyer's own camera.

Clarissa Jessup, who was standing near Meyer just before UF Police Tasered him and took him into custody, said Meyer asked her to film him asking Kerry a question just before he approached the microphone.

That has given rise to rumors that Meyer, who aspires to work in the national media, was hoping to get arrested or videotaped as part of some sort of elaborate stunt. But Jessup, who says she never met Meyer prior to the forum, says she thinks he simply wanted a video of himself talking to Kerry.

"I don't even know this kid," said Jessup, rebuffing any notion that she'd collaborated with Meyer to film an incident he knew would escalate.

Additionally, some content on Meyer's Web site, TheAndrewMeyer.com, suggests that Meyer is a bit of a prankster.

For example, one post written by Meyer recounts a time that he wore a funny hat and a blue tank top to a nice restaurant. He said his friends should have been, "accustomed and expecting of my uncanny ways." The post also says: "There is no wiggle room in the world these days for the dancing jester. There are specific social mores that must be upheld no matter how silly the place, the rules must be followed."

A video titled "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" features a man dressed in drag who becomes an attractive blonde after a few drinks.

Friends said Meyer didn't create all of the movies on the site and weren't sure which ones he had.

One of the posts on his Web site is a described as a "disorganized diatribe."

It criticizes media content, especially about the Iraq War.

A major theme in the post is lack of media coverage of important issues like the War in Iraq and the media's focus on entertainment issues.

One excerpt from that article reads: "The news is designed to keep viewers watching and sedated and not thinking bad thoughts about America, because that would be bad for the economy. Stories about a severely unbalanced budget are out, train wrecks like Paris and Anna are in. A train wreck may be senseless and pointless, but Americans sure do love to watch."

Levy said that he feels most news media are missing the issue that Meyer's incident should have brought up.

"The issue he was trying to get at was getting people to be more informed and willing to ask questions," Levy said, adding that he had talked to Meyer earlier Tuesday.

He mentioned what he called the irony that Meyer was asking a question when the scuffle with University Police began.

Meyer was a student writer at one time for the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. A description on the Sun-Sentinel Web site written by Meyer says: "Andrew tries to write mostly whimsical nonsense columns about nothing in particular, yet occasionally finds himself angry enough to rain down fire and brimstone on an unsuspecting politician or celebrity."

He also expresses his disdain for referring to himself in the third person, yet in most of his posts and on his Facebook.com profile he refers to himself as The Andrew Meyer.
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I have no doubt that he did alot of this for the cameras, but I have a hard time believing this is exactly how he said this:

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and the officer who actually Tasered Andrew Meyer wrote in the report that Meyer later told police, "You didn't do anything wrong."
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so he's tried to get attention to himself. great.

some students in ohio tried to get attention for themselves once. they spoke their mind, and then they were taken care of. i guess that was just an example of excensive force, and not of one's civil rights being violated, either.
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