Everyone's seen or at least heard this ad nauseum by now.
Four days ago during a Q&A session with Senator John Kerry at the University of Florida, student/douchebag Andrew Meyer jumped the line of questioners when the moderator announced that the forum was ending after the next question, and launched into a long, rambling, barely coherent non-question involving black voter disenfranchisement in the 2004 presidential election, and Kerry's lack of support for impeaching President Bush, and Kerry and Bush both being members of Skull and Bones. The forum had already been announced as ending, so when it became apparent that this moron was going off on a Prison Planet rant rather than asking a serious question, the event organizers cut his microphone.
When Meyer refused to leave, campus police attempted to remove him. When he resisted, mouthing off the entire time about the injustice of him (HIM!
) being arrested, he was threatened with a taser. When he continued to resist, he was contact-tased (drive stunned) on the shoulder, and handcuffed and dragged out. Excerpts from the police reports suggest that Meyer contrived the entire thing for the camera (a friend of his recorded the much-seen videotape of the incident), and one officer's report states that he "would not let Senator Kerry finish his statement and kept badgering the senator about his beliefs, talking about 'blow jobs', and yelling as loud as he could as to sensationalize his presence."
Students at the school, and extremist political activists on the left and the right throughout the country have condemned the University and the campus police, framing this as a free speech issue. "College Student Tased for Asking a Question," one of the YouTube posts of the incident announces.
Free speech is the most sacred and important right of a free society, and it should not be infringed by the government. But that doesn't mean organizers of political forums don't have a right to maintain order. The guy waited his turn in line to ask his question, and when he realized he wouldn't get his turn, he jumped the line, grabbed the spotlight and put on the Andrew Meyer show. He's not an oppressed young activist whose voice wasn't allowed to be heard. He's an obnoxious attention-starved douchebag. He wasn't tasered and arrested for what he said
, but for what he did
. He violated the code of student conduct, he disrupted an orderly forum, he made a public spectacle, he resisted arrest, and he deserved what he got.
The protests and expressions of outrage are well-intentioned, but misplaced. This kid's right to free speech wasn't infringed. They should've tased the loudmouthed fucker in the balls.
Anyway, watch and decide for yourself, courtesy of fozzymandias