Did Andrew Mayer do it for the publicity and does it matter? Andrew Mayer, a Jewish student at the University of Florida, was accosted by Campus Police after asking a series of tough question to former presidential candidate Kerry. Kerry said he would answer the question as the police descended upon him. There is considerable debate as to what happened leading up to during and after the incident. He was eventually arrested and it is reported Police charged Meyer with resisting arrest and disturbing the peace.
Before the mic was cut, at the order of the man pictured above on the right, Meyer said:
If you are so against [invading] Iran how come you’re not saying let’s impeach Bush now? Impeach Bush now before he can invade Iran.
Why don’t we impeach him? Impeach Bush.
Clinton was impeached, for what a blowjob, why don’t we Impeach bush? Alright..
Also, are you a member… were you a member of Skull & Bones in college with Bush? Were you in the same secret society as Bush? Were you in Skull & Bones?
The views out there seem to line up this way:
Those who would agree with his criticism of the Iraq war think he was silenced because of his anti-War question, are outraged, and want an investigation Those who disagree with his war criticism think he did it for the publicity, and that there should still be an investigation.
The UF Student Government President was non-committal and refused to condemn the campus police. The local Hillel has been deluged with inquiries and not about what time Shabbat Dinner starts.
The students in the audience clapped when Andrew was being taken away, and Andrew’s line of questioning was not so pleasant, but not offensive. At some point the nod was given that the world had heard enough of Andrew Meyer, and the Police pulled him away.
Two Police officers were immediately put on leave after incidentâ€” the supervising officer and the one who tasered him.
As the incident unfolds, you can here Kerry make a tasteless comment â€””Unfortunately he is not available to come up here and swear me in as President” and later Kerry said he had no idea about the taser.
All of the supposed theories can be correct. It could be a set up. He could be out for publicity for himself, the war in Iraq, a stolen election, the hypocrisy of Kerry and more… There does not have to be ONE reason. There are lots of reasons to pull a stunt in order to draw attention to important issues.
While there are many questions, the unusually strong reaction by the Campus Police could have been avoided if they had some training in how to deal with stiff-necked Hebrews with tough questions. Andrew could have done things differently to avoid such a harsh arrest. (see below for suggestions) Overall, by acting peacefully, he could have achieved a lot of his goals, though, without the tasering, it is doubtful this would have made anything beyond the local news. It has now broken YouTube viewing records.
As our society has less tolerance for dissent and different opinions on important issues of National security, and we polarize debate over issues such as immigration and homeland security, Andrew Meyer’s incident stands out. The reaction of the crowd, the police response, the former presidential candidate’s comments, the student organization cutting the mics…all of this point to a serious problem in our society. War does strange things to us without us even realizing it.
PS it will be interesting to see what happens when Dr. Death, Jack Kevorkian speaks for ACCENT Speaker’s Bureau, the largest, student-run, speaker’s bureau in the nation at U of F, on October 11.
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More tips for protesters and Police:
Police want people to do as they ask and are very upset when people disobey. The police here could have approached him differently. They could have stated clearly what their intentions were. They could have asked him to come with them so they could discuss the issue outside. They could have asked him to put his hands out to be arrested. They could have told him if he refused to place his hands behind his back they would do it for him forcefully. They could have given him verbal warning that he was about to be arrested.
In the future, should Andrew Meyer want to practice non-violent disobedience for a cause, here are some suggestions should his questioning be considered unwelcome. He could have stood in one place instead of trying to walk away from the Police. He could diffuse the tension by speaking in a calm voice instead of shouting. He could have told them he would not resist arrest. Even as they were removing him from the room, he could calmly ask to please let him hear the answer before he was removed. He could have gone limp, instead of fighting. (He asked to sit too late into the conflict) Fighting is a bad idea when you have six officers against you. If you go limp, they will have to do all the hard work themselves, and you will stay in the arena for a long period of time. He could have locked himself to something or someone before he began his speech to make it more difficult for him to be removed. He could have asked some fellow students to sit down in protest with him should he be asked to leave.