Journalist Andrew Meyer Tasered and Cuffed for asking a question in America?

UFstudent tasered at Kerry speechUniversity of Florida student, Andrew Meyer, is the latest Youtube insta-celeb.

Video of him being restrained and telling a police officer, “don’t tase me bro!” before screaming in pain after a Taser shock, has been viewed over 400,000 times already.

Mr. Meyer was handcuffed and tasered after asking Senator John Kerry some questions during a structured Q and A session following Kerry’s speech in Gainesville this week.

Wire Services report that Senator Kerry released a statement about the event on Tuesday, saying:

“In 37 years of public appearances, through wars, protests and highly emotional events, I have never had a dialogue end this way.” Kerry said. “I hope that neither the student nor any of the police were injured. I regret enormously that a good healthy discussion was interrupted.” See Video by pressing play here:

I think Mr. Kerry was understandably embarased by the police officers’ use of excessive force at his event and I would hope most Americans would agree that what happened should never happen to a journalist in the United States.

I could be wrong, but I can’t believe that there is anything really illegal about a journalist asking hard questions (Click to hear Dan Rather’s view concerning the need for “spine transplants” in American Journalism.), or being a jerk , or even swearing during an interview question. If you know of some precidents that support these officers (click here to see one!) actions please send them my way, thanks. It will be interesting to hear why these officers thought they were doing the right thing. (ever heard of “The First Amendment?”)

The officers involved have been placed on paid suspension while an investigation is carried out.

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4 Responses

  1. Andrew Meyer is not a legitimate journalist, if he’s one at all. He’s a guy who looks for attention and creates situations which he hopes gains him attention. I hope he uses the attention he’s gained thru this incident to get a real job. Frankly, I think this incident is merely a case of Andrew Meyer punking the mainstream media.

  2. My (European) view is that your country is the biggest dicatorship in this planet.

    Unfortunately, the EU is increasingly applying the very same mind-control actions so to crush any possible opposition in the eggs.

    Since we are in the same boat, why not together try to overthrow the mafia that is ruling the wolrd.

    Wake up all people around you before it is too late.

    I pray for this message not to be trashed by the mind-control filtering team.

  3. hey non-aligne….

    why dont you go smoke a couple bowls, shoot some heroin and go parade around the hills with all the other “flower children” YOU DAMN HIPPIE!!! thats the same crap they were saying in the 60’s. “america is a dictatorship, war is evil, people are completely censored….etc.” get a life man and start living it. when are you going to understand that you “fall victim” to the same society pressures i do. and everybody does for that matter. if you hate it so much, why dont you move to antartica or something and quit bothering normal people, NORMAL PEOPLE. you are just some weird kid who got all hyped up on drugs to early on and joined the whole “peace” movement. GET A LIFE

  4. I would like to see a continuation of the topic

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