A large portion of the blogosphere is outraged this morning over the Tasering of a student who was trying to ask Sen. John Kerry a question at a U of Florida campus forum. Let it hereby be known that I am not one of them.
Everything I've read suggests that I would have Tasered that airhead long before. Let's read the details:
"He apparently asked several questions -- he went on for quite awhile -- then he was asked to stop," university spokesman Steve Orlando said. "He had used his allotted time. His microphone was cut off, then he became upset."...
... [Andrew] Meyer struggles to escape for several seconds as up to four officers try to remove him from the room...
... Meyer screams for help and asks "What did I do?" as he tries to break away from officers. He is forced to the ground and officers order him to stop resisting...
Oh, and there's this excerpt from a statement from Kerry afterwards:
"In 37 years of public appearances, through wars, protests and highly emotional events, I have never had a dialogue end this way," he said in the statement. "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.
So, to recap, student Meyer rudely cuts in at the front of the line of people waiting to ask questions, he harangues Kerry endlessly and monopolizes the question time until his mic is finally and mercifully cut off, at which point he refuses to leave and subsequently resists arrest.
There may be cases of police over-reaction and excessive force that are worth protesting but, really, this is so not one of them. Sometimes, 50,000 volts is exactly the right response.
A SHORT FOLLOWUP: All right, I've watched the YouTube clip of the incident here and, frankly, I have no sympathy for Mr. Meyer, who spent that entire time being a total dickhead. Does that mean he deserved getting Tasered? Possibly not but, under the circumstances, I'm simply not going to let him become a poster boy for the unfairness of excessive force.
There's an old saying: Pick your battles. And if this battle involves defending Andrew Meyer, I am just not interested in enlisting for that one.
HEH. What TBogg said.