This pisses me off. It pisses me off for two reasons. The first is obvious to regular readers. I don’t support TASERs for anything short of an alternative to lethal force, and I don’t condone them being used as torture devices to gain compliance by peace officers. Every time I get a story like this, I become more and more anti-police. While I have always had authority figure issues, it is only in the last few years that I have become actually anti-police. I believed for a long time that it was just a few bad apples and lots of good guys. In reality, too many bad apples get protected by the presumed good guys for me to continue to support them.
The other thing that pisses me off is that I think that Kerry is getting a short-shrift, and I hate to admit that.
In a statement issued Tuesday, Kerry said he regretted that a healthy discussion was interrupted and that he had never had a dialogue end in 37 years of public appearances. He also said he hoped neither the student nor police were injured.
“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.”
I’m afraid that Kerry is going to get some heat from the right side of the aisle that he doesn’t deserve. He was dealing with the man when the badged thugs showed up.
As two officers take Meyer by the arms, Kerry, D-Mass., can be heard saying, “That’s all right, let me answer his question.”
Audience members applaud, and Meyer struggles for several seconds as up to four officers try to remove him from the room. Meyer screams for help and tries to break away from officers with his arms flailing at them, then is forced to the ground and officers order him to stop resisting.
As Kerry tells the audience he will answer the student’s “very important question,” Meyer yells at the officers to release him, crying out, “Don’t Tase me, bro,” just before he is shocked by the Taser. He is then led from the room, screaming, “What did I do?”
Exercise your freedoms of speech, assembly, and to seek redress for grievances, apparently. You should have known better.