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“Don’t Tase Me, Bro”

September 21st, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda

The tasering and arrest of Andrew Meyer at the University of Florida is quickly becoming the taser heard around the world. A state investigation is already underway, and as Mike Vasilinda reports, the incident is raising both civil rights and free speech issues.

Hear it Here: Dont Tase me, Bro

 

The arrest and tasering of Andrew Meyer is quickly spreading around the world. The video sharing site You Tube shows over 4 hundred thousand views in just two days.

Florida Attorney General Bill Mc Collum is a staunch law and order kind of guy, and even he questions what happened on the UF campus. I think most of us..presumably this was excessive force and needs to be investigated. Free speech is important in our country…free speech on a
campus, particularly is. said the Attorney General.

The amount of chatter on the internet verges on the overwhelming, with the number of posts in the thousands. There are plenty of posts unfavorable to Meyer, saying he got what he deserves. But Adria Harper of the First Amendment Foundation thinks something is terribly wrong with what happened.

We dont want students to feel uncomfortable..or any citizen to feel uncomfortable exercising their first amendment rights. The thought of being tasered for saying something that may not be pleasing to somebody is certainly scary. says Harper.

The Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the incident., and until finished, two of the officers involved remain on administrative leave. But its clear Tallahassee wants answers quickly.

 

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