September 28, 2007
Tasered student lacks credibilityLast week, Andrew Meyer, a student at the University of Florida, caused a stir at a John Kerry lecture. He started a scene as he rambled out questions to the senator, accusing him of conceding too early in the 2004 presidential election amidst rumors of voter fraud.
Meyer told Kerry he should lead an effort to impeach Bush and ended by asking Kerry if he and Bush were in the secret Skull and Bones society in college.
With each question, Meyer grew more sarcastic, more joyful with his intentionally incendiary questions and more delighted at the laughter of the audience. Security was asked to escort him out of the building. Instead of going peacefully, he struggled as several officers tried to escort him out.
After refusing to roll on his stomach to be handcuffed, he was warned that he would be tasered. When he continued to fight, the officers shot him with the taser and sent him to jail.
At this point in the article, I imagine people will want me to speak out about free speech and how this young man had been denied his rights. He had been censored and held against his will.
I can't believe that. I have seen footage of the struggle, from start to finish, from several different angles, and in each one, I see the delight in Meyer as he creates a ruckus at this meeting. He jumps in the air, flailing his arms in victory. He could have gone out peacefully with the officers, but he fought, trying to get back in the spotlight, and he suffered the consequences.
"Don't tase me, bro," Meyer said before he was shocked. If there had been any sincerity to his actions, this could have been the slogan for the lack of free speech in this country or police brutality. Instead, it has become a punch line; t-shirts have been designed with the "Don't Tase Me, Bro" logo put against a lightning bolt backdrop.
I don't think Meyer can take this seriously either. He reportedly laughed in delight all the way to the police station. I hoped to learn more about him and tried, unsuccessfully, to add him as a friend on Facebook. The friend request box had been removed, and all that remained was an image of Meyer being tasered by the Pokemon character Pikachu.
Frankly, I'm glad they tased him, bro.
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