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:

http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/

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:

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=Ch0112/part06.htm&StatuteYear=2006&Title=%2D%3E2006%2D%3EChapter%20112%2D%3EPart%20VI

Thank you for contacting Attorney General McCollum’s Office.
 

What do you think of the e-mail letter?

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Do you know of or is there is a federal, state, city, or local law that allows for arrest or seizure of a person in the United States? If there is any, do these laws comply with the U.S. Constitution?

This is our initial response to a reader. 

I don’t fully agree with the use if disruption to levy our right to free speech. However, it appears the organizers of the event cut the students short from asking their questions. It is also reported that the Dean had the bulk of time to ask questions to Kerry, but the students had less than half that time.

The only reason Meyer ran to the front of the line was to emphasize this, then he went ahead and asked his questions. Kerry was even willing to answer the questions and told the officers to leave Meyer alone. I’m sure if Meyer were permitted to speak as scheduled, where he had to wait his turn, he would have asked his questions without such emotion.

But it all falls back to the point, how far is too far when it comes to police force and brutality? There were 5 or 6 police officers (depending on the report you read). Surely, that many cops could contain and escort him out.

There is an incident in a different state with a David Snyder. He was escorted out of a council city budget meeting, beat, bloodied and arrested. They didn’t use a taser on him and were able to get him outside. However, he protested and tried to resist arrest. He was also denied his right to free speech.

Both these acts, in different locations, signal things to come. They signal our government has turned into a tyranny and that our innate God-given freedoms will be oppressed. Those who oppose or resist will be beaten and made to look like scapegoats in the public’s eye.

Here is another denial of freedom of speech by police officers, this time during a city council budget meeting. The man just wanted more than a minute to express his views and opinions, but he was taken outside, man-handled, beat, bloodied and arrested. They dropped the charges on him, but apparently, he still had to post bail.

Not only will they beat you, they will also steal your money! 

Watch the video below:

UPDATE: Youtube removed the video to censor what really happened.

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.

web contact and phone/address are available.

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)

Andrew Meyer in the News

September 19, 2007

A lot of bloggers on WordPress are covering Andrew Meyer and what happened to him yesterday during the John Kerry forum.

There is even a t-shirt that you can purchase that says, “Don’t Taze Me, Bro!”

This CNN reports says only two cops were placed on leave after today’s incident where the college student was tasered. From the videos circulating around, there were more than 2 cops present. Why weren’t all the cops put on leave?

Demand answers!

The folks over at Neocon News believe we don’t know the full happenings of the white Florida college student who was tasered at a recent Kerry forum. Everyone is talking about this news story now, even the big outlets. They are circulating a different video.

When is freedom of speech not permitted? Why are police or law-enforcement authorities allowed to man-handle and taser a college student for speaking his mind?

Should these types of anti-Constitutional acts of violence be allowed in our country? I say taser the police officers who man-handled and arrested this man!!!

We cannot allow our government agencies to abuse our God-given rights. Stand up and be heard!

We found the following news from a WordPress blog this morning. We feel this sort of torture and censorship should never happen. Help this man fight back against the police who arrested him!

Not once did Kerry call out for mercy for the questioner. Not once. He is a coward who lacks the guts to answer an embarrassing question and a moral idiot who cannot identify wrong being done in his own name when he sees it.

Character matters, John Kerry. I thank God you lost the Presidential race in 2004!

John Kerry should be ashamed of what he did today, tomorrow, and every day of the rest of his life. Democrats who respect him should rethink supporting him and any other leftist candidates who mouth platitudes about free speech they do not adhere to in their own lives.

What am I talking about? Watch.

A young man goes to the microphone at a John Kerry Townhall meeting to ask a question. “Were you a member of the Skull and Bones in college. Were you and Bush members of the same secret society?”

Eight police grabbed the student and hustled him up to the back of the auditorium where they forced him to the ground and piled on top of him. The audience cheered when he was grabbed and moved away. Shouting, the student protested his treatment, repeatedly asking why he was being arrested, what he did, and begging them not to taze him. They tasered him more than once. I counted four flashes and probably missed some.

Shame on John Kerry and the other passive, spineless jellyfish in the auditorium. Shame!

H/T: Stop the ACLU, Michelle Malkin, Wolf Pangloss