Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Angry Beyond Words

The only thing necessary for the triumph [of evil] is for good [people] to do nothing.
—Edmund Burke
On the drive in this morning, I heard about some kid at a John Kerry event getting
hit with a taser by police and thought to myself, "I bet he threatened the senator somehow." Well, after seeing three different versions of what transpired, I was wrong and I'm incensed at how this situation was handled.

Andrew Meyer acted like a jerk at a university event by barging to the head of the microphone line, as if that's never happened before. Kerry said he'd answer the question as five or six campus cops attempted to escort the struggling student out. Since when does assholery justify police action? Unfortunately, we have no idea what transpired prior to Meyer taking the mic. In any case, apparently five or six officers cannot handle one kid without whipping out a taser. And that's crap.

John Kerry's lack of leadership clearly showed here (don't get me wrong, I'm certainly no supporter of the current administration). Also clear is that the University of Florida Police are not be trusted, but feared. But probably the clearest message of all was that the students of the University of Florida attending the event don't give a damn about authority being taken too far even when it's right there in front of them.


Matter-Eater Lad said...

Don't write off the students so quickly -- if so many of them hadn't whipped out cameras and phones to record what was happening, we wouldn't know anything about what happened and I doubt the media would have picked up on it. There are times when bearing witness is the most important thing a citizen can do.

Wes said...

Since when does assholery justify police action?

Since NOW, hopefully! Watching that video got on my nerves -- I'd probably have tased the idiot five seconds into that altercation. His questions weren't even good ones!

De said...

M-EL: You're right. It didn't occur to me until later that the folks recording the goings-on were concerned students.

Wes: Assholery is certainly annoying, but it's a real slippery slope to declare that it justifies police action. What's next? Calling the cops when someone cuts in line at the grocery checkout?

The fact of the matter was that the university official hosting the event was embarrassed and decided to use police to get rid of the embarrassment, despite Senator Kerry's objections to the kid's treatment. I don't care how much of a jerk someone is, it's still wrong.

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