Taser Controversy and Senator Kerry!
"Meyer refused to leave the microphone after his allotted time was up, police said. He had asked Kerry about impeaching President Bush, why he didn't challenge the 2004 election results and whether he and Bush were members of the secret society Skull and Bones at Yale University.
After Meyer repeatedly and loudly refused to walk away, two officers took him by the arms. Kerry can be heard saying, "That's all right, let me answer his question."
Audience members applauded, though it was difficult to tell whether it was for the officers' action or Kerry's remark. The audience for the most part sat quietly and watched the fracas.
Meyer struggled for several seconds as up to four officers tried to remove him from the room. He screamed for help and tried to break away from officers with his arms flailing, then was forced to the ground and ordered to stop resisting.
As Kerry told the audience he will answer the student's "very important question," Meyer yelled at the officers to release him, crying out, "Don't Tase me, bro," just before he was shocked. He was led from the room, screaming, "What did I do?"
An officer, however, said in the police report that Meyer's "demeanor completely changed once the cameras were not in sight" and that he was "laughing" and "lighthearted" on the way to jail.
Kerry, D-Mass., said Tuesday he regretted that a healthy discussion was interrupted, and said he never had a dialogue end that way in 37 years of public appearances.
"Whatever happened, the police had a reason, had made their decision that there was something they needed to do. Then it's a law enforcement issue, not mine," he told The Associated Press in Washington.
Senator Kerry went further to explain the situation:
"In 37 years of public appearances, through wars, protests and highly emotional events, I have never had a dialogue end this way.I even received an email from Greg Palast who I greatly respect.
I believe I could have handled the situation without interruption, but again I do not know what warnings or other exchanges transpired between the young man and the police prior to his barging to the front of the line and their intervention.
I asked the police to allow me to answer the question and was in the process of answering him when he was taken into custody.
I was not aware that a taser was used until after I left the building. I hope that neither the student nor any of the police were injured.
I regret enormously that a good healthy discussion was interrupted."
"We warned you: 'Armed Madhouse' is a dangerous book. Yesterday, Andrew Meyers, a University of Florida student was attacked by five cops, zapped with tasers and arrested after demanding that Senator John Kerry answer the question.
Meyers, just released from jail and now facing five years in prison for resisting arrest, held up a copy of the book and began,
Student to John Kerry: "I want to recommend a book to you. It's called 'Armed Madhouse by Greg Palast.' He's the top investigative journalist in America."
Kerry: "I have the book. I've already read it."
Student: "... In this book, it says there were 5 million votes and you won the election. ... How could you concede the election on the day?"
Meyers, a telecommunications student at the Gainesville campus, asked related questions including a query as to why Kerry refused to vote for impeachment. When he passed his alloted one minute mic time, five cops jumped him, threw him to the ground, shot him with taser shockers.
Kerry, true to character, stood immobile.
Now, I've given many talks. And some questioners have taken too long at the mic. But I've never done the Stalin thing of cops and electronic beating to limit the discussion. (Yes, it's true that Randi Rhodes recently threatened me with a taser when I've monopolized the mic in her studio.)"
But it really wasn't quite like that when you watch the video.
Andrew Meyers did raise important points and important questions.
But he certainly wasn't civil and orderly in his demeanor.
He didn't state a question, he attempted to make a speech. Senator Kerry was prepared to answer. But didn't have a chance.
Senator Kerry didn't order any tasering.
He didn't regulate what the police did.
But he is the whipping boy of the left. He refused to take the election to the streets when the 2004 results were announced. He chose to preserve the Republic rather than start a revolution.
I do not disagree with Palast's findings. John Kerry should have won in 2004 and would have won if all the votes were properly counted and allowed. And that the removal of voters and the caging of voters and the improper procedures hadn't occurred, we know the result.
Senator Kerry continues to work within the system at reform.
He is not the problem. He is part of the solution. We need to stop beating up on our own. We don't need more tasering of demonstrators. But we do need civility in our discussions.
I stand both with Greg Palast and with Senator John Kerry! There are so many things wrong that need to be made right in America! But let us not descend into the internal bickering and self-destruction that we seen to be heading into. Senator Kerry and Greg Palast as well as Andrew Meyers are part of the solution and not part of the problem. Let us all join together to work to confront those that have threatened our Constitution, challenged our system of government and have led us with lies and deceit. And let us not attack each other.