January 9, 2008
New Hampshire voter complaint line set up
The New Hampshire Attorney General’s toll free election line phone number is:
September 20, 2007
We received a direct response from Florida’s Attorney General today. It is more of a blanket response, but here it is:
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum has received your email regarding the arrest of a University of Florida student during a recent event. Attorney General McCollum asked that we respond.
Your comments are indicative of the broad spectrum of public opinion concerning appropriate government response. Attorney General McCollum shares your concerns about the duties of our law enforcement authorities,
public officials, and the media to responsibly and ethically balance the vigorous pursuit of truth with individual rights and freedom of speech.
The University of Florida adminstrators have requested that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) conduct a formal and independent investigation of the actions surrounding the arrest of the student. If you
would like information regarding the FDLE, their website is:
If you wish to contact FDLE for further information, you may do so at Post Office Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida 32302. The telephone number is (850) 410-7000.
You may also wish to voice your concerns to the Internal Affairs section and/or the head of the law enforcement agency in question. Part IV of
Chapter 112, Florida Statutes, sets forth the process and requirements pertaining to complaints against law enforcement officers. You may access that chapter and the Florida Statutes in their entirety in a searchable database online at:
Thank you for contacting Attorney General McCollum’s Office.
What do you think of the e-mail letter?
September 19, 2007
If they can charge Andrew Meyer, they can certainly charge the police involved. I think everyone – especially Florida residents – should ask Florida AG Bill McCollum to file charges against the officer with the taser. Details on the law and contact info below.
mattw’s diary :: ::
I’ve written a post which picks out what seems to be the relevant law. There are specific justifications for the use of force provided for law enforcement, and I think given the level of restraint Andrew Meyer was under at the time of the tasering, none of them applied. He was not fleeing. He could not be a threat – they already had cuffs half on him, and if he wasn’t on his back, they’d probably easily get the other on. Common sense alone dictates that it takes less than six police to bring one agitated college student into custody.
Fortunately, the law seems to agree with common sense here. Therefore, all we need is for the appropriate party to prosecute the violation.
Enter: Florida State Attorney General Bill McCollum.
I simply said in my comment that I hoped he looked into whether there was, indeed, a violation of the law, and if so, would do the right thing and prosecute.
I hope everyone will take a minute to write, call, or comment, so the FL AG knows that people believe in holding everyone accountable under the law, even those entrusted to uphold it. (Some, including myself, would say especially those entrusted to uphold it; I happen to admire and respect police enormously, and I think that’s because we should hold them to a higher standard, and I think the vast majority of them live up to it every day)