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No sympathy

You know, I just watched the video of the UF student getting tasered for disrupting a presentation by John Kerry. He took too much time at the mic, was asked to leave, didn't, a uniformed police officer asked him to leave, he resisted, another came to assist physically escorting him from the hall, he continued to resist, 2 more officers came in, he continued to resist, they warned him he would be tased, he continued to resist, he got tased, and guess what? He finally stopped resisting.

Sorry, but I have no sympathy. When a uniformed police officer makes a request of you, YOU DO IT. When the fuck are people going to learn this? Who cares if you're guilty or not? One way or another, a uniformed police officer (who may very well be ARMED) will get you to do what he asks you. If your civil liberties are at stake, then you'll get your say in court - AFTERWARDS. In the here and now, you're an idiot to resist, especially when it started out calm and orderly - it wasn't until HE started throwing a tantrum that more officers were forced to get involved.

Who knew if he had a gun? Was on drugs? Was dangerous? Police don't know that - they're going to react to the situation at hand, and they know first hand how quickly things can get out of control. And if he was dangerous and managed to hurt someone, the same people screaming "Injustice!" would be wondering why the police presence didn't do something to stop him.

Look, I'm all for civil liberties. I support the ACLU. I'm a dyed-in-the-wool liberal. But that kid deserved it, and - lucky him - he'll be alive afterwards to sue the pants off the college. In a different situation, if he'd done what he did there, he could have gotten himself killed.

Here's a link to a video. You'll note that it starts when he's asked to leave, but news reports are saying he was asked to stop beforehand because he was being an annoying git. There are other videoes of him afterwards, too, much more calm but still standing there wondering, "What did I do?" Idiot.


Edited 9/20 to add: I've been looking over the UF website, and they posted the actual police report. What the videoes don't show you is that the Q&A session was over, and he was farther back in line, so what does he do? He runs up to the mic and demands to be heard, and officers tell him no, but guess what? Kerry agreed to take a question, but instead of asking one, he starts rambling, including asking about Clinton's blowjob, so they cut off his mic. That's about where the video starts. Yeah, he's a real martyr to the cause, that one...


Sep. 20th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
Another film NBC dug up is him standing on a streetcorner on the day that the last Harry Potter book came out with a giant sign proclaiming "HARRY DIES" to all of the passing cars, including some cops who came by and told him "that's so wrong."

He's looking for attention and he got it. He won't sue unless it's to get more attention -- he doesn' have a case. I would doubt that anyone would actually WANT to get hit with a taser, but he was very obviously pushing the situation as far as he could to get as much attention as he could. He's probably enjoying the crap out of the play it's getting.
Sep. 20th, 2007 12:47 pm (UTC)
I believe he really thought he could get away with asking just a couple more questions (he probably had the whole thing scripted in his head and just wanted to finish the "scene"), so when the officer approached him he was like, "No, wait, just one more second," and then before he knew it, they were physically accosting him, and that threw him for a loop, messed up the script, and he started freaking out. He seemed sincere in his, "What did I do?" cries, as if the whole thing was just so shocking to him. However, when there are 6 guys on top of you, you stop resisting, regardless of what you had planned.

Now, *afterwards* I think he's going to milk it, for sure.
Sep. 20th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
Sorry, but I think he's an attention-seeker who purposely pushed the boundaries and reacted in a way designed to try and play to the cameras and scream for publicity. He knew what he was doing and deserved what he got.
Sep. 20th, 2007 07:08 pm (UTC)
You may very well be right, based on the fact that he fancies himself a comedian and performance artist. Wouldn't surprise me if you're right.

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