University Of Florida Student Arrested, Tasered At Kerry Forum
Tuesday, September 18th 2007, 7:40 am
By: News On 6
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ A University of Florida student was Tasered and arrested after trying to ask U.S. Senator John Kerry about the 2004 election and other subjects during a campus forum.
Videos of the incident posted on several Web sites show officers pulling Andrew Meyer, 21, away from the microphone after he asks Kerry about impeaching President Bush and whether he and Bush were both members of the secret society Skull and Bones at Yale University.
``He apparently asked several questions _ he went on for quite awhile _ then he was asked to stop,'' university spokesman Steve Orlando said. ``He had used his allotted time. His microphone was cut off, then he became upset.''
As two officers take Meyer by the arms, Kerry, D-Mass., is heard to say, ``That's alright, let me answer his question.'' Audience members applaud, and Meyer struggles to escape for several seconds as up to four officers try to remove him from the room.
Meyer screams for help and asks ``What did I do?'' as he tries to break away from officers. He is forced to the ground and officers order him to stop resisting. Meyer says he will walk out if the officers let him go.
As Kerry tells the audience he will answer the student's ``very important question,'' Meyer struggles on the ground and yells at the officers to release him, crying out, ``Don't Tase me, bro,'' just before he is Tasered. He is then led from the room, screaming, ``What did I do?''
Meyer was charged with resisting an officer and disturbing the peace, according to Alachua County jail records. No bond had been set. Meyer was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday morning, a jail official said.
It was not known if Meyer had an attorney.
Orlando said university police would conduct an internal investigation.
``The police department does have a standard procedure for when they use force, including when they use a Taser,'' Orlando said. ``That is what the internal investigation would address _ whether the proper procedures were followed, whether the officers acted appropriately.''