Update: FL Student Held Down By Multiple Officers Then Tasered

The attorney for the University of Florida student Tasered during a question-and-answer session with Senator John Kerry says police used excessive force Monday (09/17) night.

The episode began during a campus forum as 21-year-old Andrew Meyer tried repeatedly and angrily to ask Kerry questions about the 2004 election and other issues.

Videos of the incident show officers pulling Meyer away from the microphone. He's later seen struggling on the ground and yelling at the officers to release him, crying out, "Don't Tase me, bro,'' just before he is Tasered. He is then led from the room, screaming, ``What did I do?''

Fellow students of Meyer say the student arrested has a history of taping his own practical jokes, but that are taking this situation very seriously.

Two of the police officers involved in the incident have been put on paid administrative leave.

University President J. Bernard Machen says he is requesting the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the arrest.

Officials said it would determine whether the officers used an appropriate level of force.

Machen went on to call the situation "regretful."


During a question and answer session with John Kerry at the University of Florida Monday (9-18) night police tasered and arrested a student when he got loud and police tried to control him.

Andrew Meyer, 21, questioned Kerry about why he did not contest the 2004 presidential election he lost to President Bush. Meyer also wanted to know why actions hadn't been taken to impeach President Bush.

University officials say Andrew's allotted time was over and when his microphone was cut he became upset.

Police are charging Meyer with resisting arrest and disturbing the peace. But University of Florida police are also investigating whether the officers were right to taser Andrew.

Police say their internal investigation should take a few days. If the officers were found to have acted inappropriately, they will be disciplined.

The ordeal ended an otherwise peaceful talk with Senator Kerry. The Senator focused his discussion mostly on the war in Iraq.

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