University Police drag off and taze a university student (Andrew Meyers) after "the honorable" John Kerry called on him to ask questions after a lecture at the University of Florida.
The police did not like his questions or his tone and grabbed his arms to drag him off. They did not Mirandize him, they did not advise him if or why he was being arrested when as officers grabbed each arm. The student made a "poor decision" and resisted their arrest/assault after questioning if and why he was being arrested. Then, as there was an ant pile of the serve and protect crowd on and around him, they made the decision to taze him.
I find two things particularly disturbing: A number of the students in the auditorium began to cheer as these thugs in uniform were violating his civil rights. What the hell has happened to college students? They line up to go through metal detectors and get searched, but they won't speak out for a fellow student? Where would they ever learn such a behavior?
The second item I find so unsettling? The example John Kerry set for all of those hungry young minds. This man who wanted the top position in the country and to swear an oath to"... protect and defend the Constitution". Do you feel he proved himself as a defender of the Constitution? Did he say, "This is America, let the boy speak."? I think the young man made his point.
Not only did Senator Kerry not object to watching this young man be stripped of his civil rights, dragged off and tazed; he decided to ignore the situation and continue lecturing. Senator Kerry did what all good Americans are being trained to do, act like nothing is happening as your fellow citizens are being carted off for disagreeing, questioning or some other heinous infraction like being brown.
Mr. Kerry, your actions were disgraceful and you are a disappointment to your constituents.
I thought students were encouraged to ask questions in a university setting, but maybe that's just my pre-9/11 thinking.