18 September 2007

Senator Kerry, Role Model?

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.


Erik said...

sorry the post mysteriously disappeared...as you can see, it's back.

Kenny said...

Apparently that set of questions is irrelevent. Be off with him. What kind of "student" is he anyway...all those crazy ideas and book-learnin... who let this guy into college anyhow !?

I saw this the other day on the news. I was apalled as well. Did you know the students now(finally) have 3 demands?
1. They demand any/all charges be dropped against the student.
2. They demand action to be taken against the officer who tazed him.
3. They also DEMAND that tazers be removed from their campuses altogether, citing the amount of deaths that occur from their use.
...dude.... they should've added one more demand:
4. We demand you answer the fucking questions, you kniving, evil piece of political poo. Not that an actual answer would be explanatory anyway....
~also... how could KERRY just stand there while this crime against the youth of America was committed?

Jean said...

This made me cry. What has happened to our rights in this country? Do we no longer have the right to question anything? We use to have the right to question everything without the police attacking us and dragging us away to jail for disturbing the peace or whatever. What is wrong with the students? I only heard one girl protest what was being done to this young man. If noone stands up for his rights, noone will stand up for your rights. Stand up America!

Erik said...

If anyone is wondering, I copied and pasted the comments I previously received back in.

Shannon said...

I found an article by Mike Adams, a holistic nutritionist. I copied and pasted most of his article here:

What you have just witnessed in this video is an authentic scene of police state brutality. The video clearly shows that:
• Meyer was assaulted by six officers, thrown to the ground and attacked with a violent weapon.
• Meyer volunteered to leave the room if the officers would let him go.
• Meyer did not strike any officer at any time. His hands were always in a defensive position.
• Meyer attempted to flee his assailants (as any rational person would).
• Meyer committed no crime whatsoever. At no point did any law enforcement officer accuse Meyer of committing any crime other than "resisting arrest" (which is not a crime when the arrest is illegal in the first place, see below).
• Meyer was arrested for merely exercising his Free Speech rights.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on numerous occasions that resisting a false arrest is not merely a citizen's right, but his duty! In fact, the Supreme Court has gone so far as to rule that if a law enforcement officer is killed as a result of actions stemming from a citizen's attempts to defend themselves against a false arrest, it is the fault of the officer, not the citizen.

Here's a short collection of relevant court rulings on false arrest and resisting arrest:

"When a person, being without fault, is in a place where he has a right to be, is violently assaulted, he may, without retreating, repel by force, and if, in the reasonable exercise of his right of self defense, his assailant is killed, he is justified." Runyan v. State, 57 Ind. 80; Miller v. State, 74 Ind. 1.

"These principles apply as well to an officer attempting to make an arrest, who abuses his authority and transcends the bounds thereof by the use of unnecessary force and violence, as they do to a private individual who unlawfully uses such force and violence." Jones v. State, 26 Tex. App. I; Beaverts v. State, 4 Tex. App. 1 75; Skidmore v. State, 43 Tex. 93, 903.

"An illegal arrest is an assault and battery. The person so attempted to be restrained of his liberty has the same right to use force in defending himself as he would in repelling any other assault and battery." (State v. Robinson, 145 ME. 77, 72 ATL. 260).

In other words, Andrew Meyer would have been justified in using whatever reasonable means necessary to defend his life against his assailants. The gang of six individuals who assaulted Meyer, regardless of what clothing and badges they were wearing, were threatening his safety and his life. They assaulted him with a dangerous and potentially deadly weapon, and they kidnapped him by forcefully removing him from the room against his will.

Was Meyer being annoying to others by taking up air time at the microphone? Perhaps so. But being annoying is not a crime. If it were, John Kerry, President Bush and practically elected official in the country should be arrested.

Additional information from the courts:

"Each person has the right to resist an unlawful arrest. In such a case, the person attempting the arrest stands in the position of a wrongdoer and may be resisted by the use of force, as in self- defense." (State v. Mobley, 240 N.C. 476, 83 S.E. 2d 100).

Why did the bystanders not assist Meyer?

The most astonishing thing about this video is not merely the fact that six police officers brutally assaulted and arrested Meyer for his "Free Speech crimes," but that this room full of onlookers did nothing while Meyer screamed for help. (YES!!!WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE?)

In Florida, a room full of fellow students looked on and did nothing while their classmate, Andrew Meyer, was brutally attacked by an armed gang, right on the floor in front of them. They watched and did nothing. Not one person attempted to rush to the aid of Meyer who was screaming "HELP! HELP ME!"

Do individuals have the right to come to the aid of another citizens being falsely arrested? You bet they do. As another court case ruled:

"One may come to the aid of another being unlawfully arrested, just as he may where one is being assaulted, molested, raped or kidnapped. Thus it is not an offense to liberate one from the unlawful custody of an officer, even though he may have submitted to such custody, without resistance." (Adams v. State, 121 Ga. 16, 48 S.E. 910).

And on the issue of actually killing an arresting officer in self defense:

"Citizens may resist unlawful arrest to the point of taking an arresting officer's life if necessary." Plummer v. State, 136 Ind. 306. This premise was upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States in the case: John Bad Elk v. U.S., 177 U.S. 529.

Why onlookers did nothing

The sad fact of this matter is that the onlookers did nothing because Americans have been terrorized by their own government to fear authority and follow orders. Americans fear their government. That alone is a dangerous situation, since the balance of power in a free society actually depends on a government fearing the people!

When the people fear their government, that government has complete power over the people. And our government in particular has used fear as a weapon of mass terror against the American people for several decades now. The U.S. government now has Americans so scared of fictitious threats that the citizens have submitted to the most insane security processes, such as surrendering bottles of water at the airport before boarding an airplane, or submitting to random searches of vehicles at roadside checkpoints.

In this particular video, we are watching a group of terrorized onlookers sit in their chairs and do nothing while a fellow citizen is arrested and assaulted for committing no crime. If all this sounds familiar, it should: You probably read it in the novel 1984 by George Orwell.

In a police state society, the citizens are turned against each other. Each looks out for only his own survival, ignoring cries for help by fellow citizens who are being assaulted or killed by the state-run police forces. No one comes to the aid of another because they, too, would then be arrested for "resisting arrest" and charged with some bogus crime (or simply locked away and "disappeared").

Don't think this could happen in the USA? You just watched it happen. You are witnessing the reaction of a nation of citizens who live in fear. There is no more rational reaction to police brutality in this country. Everyone simply watches it, tolerates it, and says nothing.

From this point there is no limit to the degree of police powers abuse that can now be perpetrated against the citizens of this nation. The sheeple have surrendered to fear and submitted to the false authority of so-called "law enforcement" gangs who actually have no respect whatsoever for laws.

Andrew Meyer deserves to be seen as a hero for his courageous actions in the face of police brutality and complete abandonment by his fellow students. His video serves as a powerful reminder that the citizens of this nation have already lost their freedoms, and if they do not wake up and start to protest, exercise free speech and fight against police brutality, they will never regain the rights and freedoms that once existed in this nation.

It is no coincidence that the police made an example of Andrew Meyer

One more thing worth remembering here: In a police state society, the state must, from time to time, remind the citizens who's in charge. This incident serves as a powerful reminder to those who might dare to exercise their Free Speech rights and ask tough questions of Senators or Presidents: Those who refuse to follow the propaganda will be assaulted and arrested!

The wild popularity of this video on YouTube only serves to remind millions of viewers of what might happen to them if they, too, decide to speak out and actually tell the truth at a public gathering.

Remember, the first rule of tyranny is that you've got to stop people from speaking the truth. The second rule is to punish anyone who dares to speak the truth, and the third rule is to make sure the people don't help each other resist false authority.

You saw all three rules played in in the video.

Thankfully, we're not yet in a full-on police state, or else you wouldn't be able to read this article. We still have some time to reverse this situation and take back our freedoms. I encourage you to do so in every non-violent way possible. Speak out! Protest! Tell the truth in an auditorium! Refuse to remain silent. Refuse to submit to fear and false authority.

Remember: The only way to protect Free Speech is to exercise it. Use it or lose it.