So…is this a police state now?
A 21 year old student was tasered at a John Kerry speaking engagement yesterday at the University of Florida. The student, Andrew Meyer, was asking Senator Kerry some questions when the police stepped in and tried to cut him off. In the video, you can hear Kerry saying he’ll answer the student, but the police drag him away and eventually “tase” him while he is on the ground.
Granted, the kid used up his allotted time for his question and his microphone was then cut off, but was that a cause to drag him away? He was charged with resisting an officer and disturbing the peace, which I find completely laughable, considering he wouldn’t have had to resist if they’d actually had grounds to arrest him in the first place. I’m not sure how it can be considered “disturbing the peace” if you are trying to ask a question.
The video of the event (a couple of versions are posted in our VOTD section) is actually a bit disturbing to watch, at least for me. The student seems genuinely afraid of what is going to happen to him and starts to ask people to make sure they ask for his whereabouts, so that he doesn’t go missing.
It is now being reported that he will be released today on his own recognizance, but it can’t change the fact that this man was arrested for simply asking questions that made people feel uncomfortable.
This may just be a case of the campus police going too far and getting carried away, but it is a little scary nonetheless. It would be easy to just write this guy off as some nut-job and forget about it, but just watch the video and let it sink in what is really unfolding as you watch…a man, asking a tough question at an open forum…getting arrested for basically asking that question…in America…where we have freedom of speech.
I find it a bit unsettling. Perhaps you do, too.