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Florida probe finds police were 'justified' in 'Don't Tase me bro!' incident
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Published: Wednesday October 24, 2007

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According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the "Don't Tase me bro!" guy had it coming.

"University of Florida police were justified in using a Taser against a student who refused to stop questioning Sen. John Kerry on campus last month, according to a state investigation released Wednesday," the AP reports. "'In short, the FDLE determined that our officers acted well within state guidelines,' university President Bernie Machen said in a letter to students, faculty and staff."

According to the Gainseville Sun, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications student Andrew Meyer "approached an open microphone at the University Auditorium and demanded Kerry answer his questions. The student claimed that University Police Department officers had already threatened to arrest him, and then proceeded to question Kerry about why he didn't contest the 2004 presidential election and why there had been no moves to impeach President Bush."

"A minute or so into what became a combative diatribe, Meyer's microphone was turned off and officers began trying to physically remove him from the auditorium," the Sun said. "Meyer flailed his arms, yelling as police tried to restrain him."

Six officers then pushed him to the ground. He yelled, "What have I done? What I have I done? Get away from me. Get off of me! What did I do? ... Help me! Help."

Officers then threatened to use a Taser on Meyer if he did not comply; he resisted being handcuffed and was then "Tased," "which prompted him to scream and writhe in pain on the floor of the auditorium," according to the Sun.

The AP adds, "Two officers who were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation were reinstated Wednesday, Machen said."

Further excerpts from AP article:

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"Officers decide not to escalate to hard empty hand strikes, kicks, knees or baton ... (it) would have looked like the officers were beating Meyer into submission," the report said. The report, which has Meyer's name and that of other students blacked out, said the officers did what was necessary to control the student.

"Our purpose is, and has always been, to ensure a civil and safe environment where the many types of campus activities and open discourse can occur," said Police Chief Linda Stump.

Meyer has been charged by police for resisting an officer and disturbing the peace, but the State Attorney's Office has not yet decided whether to file formal charges.

Spencer Mann, a spokesman for the State Attorney's Office, said the decision may be made some time next week.

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The following video is from MSNBC's TUCKER, broadcast on September 17, 2007

This second video was posted on LiveLeak.

The third video, posted at YouTube, features the entire question:


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