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I am appalled at the level of force used by University Police in the detainment of UF student Andrew Meyer at the John Kerry speech at the University of Florida on Monday September 17, 2007. The police officers who restrained and then tasered him while he was on the ground and helpless, and begging not to be tasered, should be suspended immediately. The incident should also be reviewed for further legal action against the officers and the University of Florida.

While I understand that law enforcement is a challenging and often thankless job, it is unacceptable in a free society for police to use a weapon such as a taser gun on a citizen for no other reason than the convenience of quickly silencing him or her, as was clearly the case in this matter.

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    Appalling no matter how insistent the questioner. Another ominous signal of the creeping fascism which fearmongering has bestowed upon us. . Zip code 34476-3681
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  • 04 March 201595. Keli G
    We complain about governments that abuse human rights and use excessive force in order to to silence their oponents. How can we then overlook this incident? We demand that our University, an institute of higher learning and enlightenment, stands up for th
  • 17 February 201594. Joanna V
    a university should inspire open (and often h eated) discussion. physical force by the university police in this situation was not warrented .
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    What's happening to free speech??? Zip code 32618
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    Asking tough questions, being pushy, recommending a book, and questioning a speaker is exactly what UF should WANT students to do. The police had no right to arrest him or attack him. His hands were in the air and they clearly could have gotten him in cuf
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    Freedom doesn't exist unless it's exercised. UPD should have their "less than lethal" torture toys taken away.
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    Tasers are extremely painful and inhumane should rarely be used at all.
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  • 15 March 201484. Harold S
    The media - so far - has avoided the human rights and health issue of tasering and the mission-creep of militarization of our police force charged ONLY to "protect and serve". The taser is a terrorist instrument of social control designed to intimidate th
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    I am shocked and appalled at the abuse of this student'scivil and human rights. There should be a full investigation and the officers involved should be put on leave without pay during the investigation. I thought we still had freedom of speech in this co
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