Student tased during John Kerry speech

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Written by andrea bennett

US Senator John Kerry visited the University of Florida recently. One student took the opportunity to ask Kerry a few questions, like why he’d conceded the presidential loss on the day of the election when it clear that vote corruption had taken place. The student speaks forcefully for about two minutes before being dragged away, and then tased, by a group of 5 or 6 (or 7 or 9?) police officers. He’s on the ground, yelling to be let go, when they tase him. The student was detained in prison and charged with something bogus like “disruption of a public event.” John Kerry answered his question as he was being pinned on the ground...

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  1. Posted by: Brad on Sep 21, 2007 @ 2:22pm

    I read another account of the incident where Meyer cut to the front of the line and began to ask a "series of rambling questions" - far from the speaking forcefully that is discussed in this article. I am not agreeing with the unnecessary use of force, but it does seem to me that he did something that normally wouldn't be acceptable (aka, cutting in line). It might have been different if he had waited his turn, but we will never know.

  2. Posted by: Brad on Sep 21, 2007 @ 2:23pm

    If we all took after Meyer's example, we would be able to skip any people that have been waiting in line. Think about what would happen if you had waited for hours to get your favourite band's autograph, and suddenly someone jumped to the front of the line potentially because they did not feel like waiting to see them. Security for the event would (more than likely) take them and remove them from the event, using force if they resisted. Only the band would be able to stop them.

    Kerry stated that he "could have handled the situation," and if he were in charge of his security team, the student would have asked his questions and gone on his merry way, even if the people before him did not get a chance to ask their questions.

    source: http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2007/09/students-rally-.html

  3. Posted by: V on Sep 21, 2007 @ 8:54pm

    thats the most ridiculous thing i've ever heard, so what if he jumped in line? that would make him an jerk, it DEFINATELY dose not mean he should tased and arrested! It's pure fashism...

  4. Posted by: Brad on Sep 22, 2007 @ 7:07pm

    Like I said, I do not agree with the unnecessary use of force, but without the tasers and arrests (sometimes) it is exactly the same kind of trdeatment that some receive (from hired secrurity) when doing something similar at different events.

  5. Posted by: AH on Sep 22, 2007 @ 8:48pm

    Even if that is what they would do at a concert, no excuse there either. The effect of tasers on the human body is still unknown, and in instances have caused death, but police carry them on the street, even here in Guelph when watching over drunk students waiting outside of the bars, and have used them there to the point where students have been taken to the hospital for intesnsive burns and shock. In terms of asking Kerry a question out of order and in a forceful manner and getting tasered for that is fucked up and so intensely scary. Asking a question of dissent in a public forum and getting tasered for the mention of obvious corruption in the electoral system sounds like a straight up dictatorship to me.

  6. Posted by: Kim on Oct 15, 2007 @ 9:49am

    Man dies yesterday after being tased at Vancouver airport:


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