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"Don't taze me, bro!"
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http://youtube.com/watch?v=6bVa6jn4rpE

On September 17, 2007, at 12:00 p.m. ET, U.S. Senator John Kerry addressed a Constitution Day forum at the University of Florida in Gainesville, which was organized by the ACCENT Speaker's Bureau, an agency of the university's student government. Toward the end of the question and answer period, University police forcibly removed Andrew Meyer, a 21-year-old fourth-year undergraduate telecommunications student, from the forum, restraining him through direct force and drive stunning him with a Taser.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Meyer

Have anybody here seen this vid? At first i thought it was one of those funny video that spawns some memorable catchphrase (don't taze me bro).

I was just bored so I read some article about it and found out what actually happened.

This guy was just asking John Kerry some question about how he should've won the election from George W. Bush in 2004, pointed out that the voting system in US is rigged, (he brought up some valid point) before he got his microphone cut off and the cops escorting him out (and eventually tasering him)

Here's the transcript of the whole thing:



John Kerry: [Finishing the answer to the previous question]: "...and to continue to pile name upon name upon some wall in the future for a strategy that has failed. That's the distinction." [Recognizing and pointing to Andrew Meyer]: "Sir..."
Andrew Meyer: "I first and foremost want to thank you for your time. You spent a lot of time talking to us here today. I want to thank you for coming and being open and honest. You recommended a book to us earlier; I had wanted to recommend a book to you. It's called Armed Madhouse by Greg Palast.
Kerry: "Yeah, I have it, actually."
Meyer: "Yeah, he's a top investigative journalist in America."
Kerry: "I've already read it."
Meyer: "And [holding up a copy of a yellow paperback book, Armed Madhouse by Greg Palast], he says [in this book] you won the 2004 election...
Kerry: "Great."
Meyer: "Isn't that amazing! Isn't that amazing, you won in 2004! In fact, there were multiple reports, on the day of the election of disenfranchising of black voters...
Kerry: [Inaudible]
Meyer: [Officer Nicole Mallo places her left hand on the middle of Meyer's back] ...in Florida and Ohio."
Kerry: "So, what's the question? What's the question?"
[Police officer Nicole Mallo interrupts Meyer, saying "Ask your question."]
Meyer: [Turning to police officer Nicole Mallo] "I'll ask my question. Thank you very much. I'll ask my question. I'm going to preface it. He's been talking for two hours, I think I can have two minutes.
Kerry: "So, you want, you want to come up here?
Meyer: [Sarcastically to Mallo]: Thank you, thank you—thank you very much." [Officer Nicole Mallo continues to argue with Meyer who then turns to side] "I'm going to ask him my question. I'm going to inform people, and THEN I'm going to ask my question. So there were multiple reports of of disenfranchising of black voters on the day of the election in 2004."
Kerry: "Right."
Meyer: "There was also voting machines, electronic voting machines in Volusia County, Florida that counted backwards. So, amidst all these reports of phony, bogus stuff going on, how could you concede the election on the day? [small applause] How could you concede the 2004 election on the day? In this book, it says there were five million votes that were suppressed and you won the election. Didn't you want to be President?
[Police officer interrupts Meyer, again saying "Ask your question."]
I'm not even done yet, I have two more questions."

* 1:21 on YouTube video

Meyer: "If you were so against [attacking] Iran, how come you are not saying let's impeach George W. Bush Impeach Bush now? Impeach Bush now before he can invade Iran? Why won't we impeach him?! Impeach Bush! Clinton? Clinton was impeached, for what, a blow job?! Why don't we impeach Bush?! All right? [While speaking the next sentence, a young man in a suit makes a cutting motion with his hand, signaling for Meyer's microphone to be cut off] Also, are you a member, were you a member of Skull and Bones in college with Bush? Were you in the same secret [Meyer's microphone is cut off] society as Bush? Were you in Skull and Bones?" [turns to side and says, sarcastically]: "Thank you for cutting my mic. [turns to Senator Kerry and says] Thank you."
Kerry: "That's all right." "Let me answer his question."
[Not responding to John Kerry's request, Police officers begin to seize Andrew Meyer and take him away.]
Meyer:Are you arresting me? Excuse me, excuse me, what are you arresting me for? Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!


Now i want to ask you people's opinion on a number of things regarding this matter.

First one rite.. Do you guys think the action of the police officer was justified?? or does it show that police brutality is getting worse these days??

Second one.. What about that guy's freedom of speech??

Third one.. I was being lazy and look it up in wikipedia. And it's funny that the whole tone of the article about this incident here disfavors that andrew meyer guy that got tazed. I also come across lots of pages there that I feel.. umm.. biased?? That is to say it favors the side that don't spark up more controversy than the other? On this article, for example. I found lots of people giving their opinion about this incident (mainly the cops and other conformist). But they didn't include the guy's own reaction to the whole thing. Like they didn't want to let him speak.

Just see it for yourself. Read the article in wikipedia about him (I provided the link above). Then read this article after.

http://www.theandrewmeyer.com/interviews.asp (that's him being interviewed about the whole thing. Finally)
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Posted 5/29/08
i saw this vid
but its so dumb, the police wont even listen too him
and why was he even tazed? for saying dont taze me bro? thats not even offensive
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Posted 5/29/08
I saw that video around the time the incident was first reported. I was shocked. They went overboard with tazing him and all. He wasn't posing a threat or anything.
Posted 5/29/08
Police people are dumb.. Just b'cos they hold the guns & everything; they use it to full extent.


Funny how we're suppose to feel safe whenever a policeman is around, but then they do this and we get scared of em.
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lol i watched it i thought the police were stupid..
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hahahaha i remember this on the news a couple months ago even the anchors were laughing when he said "don't taze me bro"
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Jeez.... people are getting in trouble by voicing out their thoughts?.. Sheesh...what has this world gone through?
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This is a dupe ._. Ugh I can't find it -_-"

The video was meh.
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Posted 5/29/08
Yeah, I agree that the behavior of the police was unwarranted and ridiculous. Poor guy.
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i wondered what the heck did he do?
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damn! thats soo effed up. how can they do such a think. i mean he didn't do anything. at least if he was a bit violent that would have been something to understand but the damn police need to calm there asses down.
Posted 5/29/08
You guys got all wrong. That guy who had been taze is the stupid one, not the police. Here's why:

Meyer (the dude who been taze) barged in line to argue John Kerry during a campus talk that day. The student refused to pipe down after being asked to by the forum's organizers, and after he carried on pressing Kerry for answers

He is causing a disturbance at a town hall forum.

THE POLICE TOLD HIM TO STOP MOVING OR HE WILL GET TAZE.
. He was warned several times that he would be tazered and kept resisting the officers The police is just doing there job. Duhh!



He had got what he deserved, He was warned several times that he would be tazered and kept resisting the officers. So I don't pitty, he an ass. I also don't think it was freedom of speech, it just his stupid excuse to get publicity.






Posted 5/29/08

Shaun_Mimi wrote:

Police people are dumb.. Just b'cos they hold the guns & everything; they use it to full extent.


Funny how we're suppose to feel safe whenever a policeman is around, but then they do this and we get scared of em.


Yeah I agree with you Mimi and Malv I didn't know that you post in the forums.
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I don't blame the cops. If I had a taser and someone said "Don't taze me bro!" it would be physically impossible to not taze him.
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poor guy tazing hurts ass i bet he suee the hell out of the cops
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