Tasered Student: Shame on Everyone

September 19, 2007 at 6:12 am | Posted in America, democracy, education, Florida, government, news, politics, society | 1 Comment

I found this latest bit of news very disturbing and very sad. To actually hear someone cry out “Please don’t tase me!” only to be tased anyways is nothing but cruel.

Video of police Tasering a persistent questioner of Sen. John Kerry became an Internet and TV sensation Tuesday, generating fierce debate about free speech and the motives of the college student involved – a known prankster who often posts practical jokes online.


Don’t get me wrong, the guy was definitely a disturbance to the event and seemed intent on disruption that bordered on harassment, but who needs to shock a man that is on the ground with 4 people on top of him?

And no matter what John Kerry says, shame on him for not trying to diffuse the situation. Law enforcement may be up to law enforcement, but I can think of a million different ways any good speaker and leader could have talked the young man down from his hysteria.

I mean, do you think if Kerry had stepped away from his “safe zone” and confronted Meyer and the police, offering to answer the question if he left quietly with police, that it would have turned out so ugly? I don’t think so.

Shame on the campus police and shame on Senator Kerry. Shame on Meyer for not having the restraint to participate in a mature and responsible dialog with fellow citizens without resorting to hysterics and exhibitionism.

Food for thought: what social or moral responsibility did the audience have? You can hear a girl (or two) off camera shouting for them to stop, but would it have been appropriate for the group to protest the violence of the police officers? By being silent, was the audience condoning this entire spectacle?


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  1. I totally agree.

    I actually called Senator Kerry’s office and complained that he didn’t handle it better during or afterwards (I think he should have made a stronger statement of disapproval towards the officers’ actions).

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