Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Tasered For Resisting "Calm Down"

Cyberspace, U.S.A. - If you haven't seen the video of the University of Florida student who was tasered for questioning Sen. John Kerry, then you should take a look at it.

The student is asking questions that need to be asked, questions that haven't been asked loudly enough or often enough for at least 50% plus of all Americans.

Yes, the kid is obnoxious, full of himself, less than completely civil (although never profane), and, yes, he is hogging the microphone. Evidently being less than smiley-faced, subservient and timid now violates a little-known provision of the Patriot Act; subsection A of Code 9/11: "Saying anything that ticks off the cops, even if it is perfectly legal and not harming anyone else."

It is also (if you can stomach it) worthwhile to check out the Fox "report" of this incident Presumably by begging the audience "Help me! Help me!" the student is "inciting a riot."

This is the phone number of the University of Florida Police Dept. switchboard: (352) 392-1111. They are open day and night. Call and register your protest. It will take less than 30-seconds, it won't cost much, and the person answering the phone is very calm and polite. (And remember, this is just the person answering the phone, not the cops themselves.)

But, before you make that call to the University of Florida Police Department, go back and look at the YouTube video again.

Now ask yourself: "How would my local police handle a similar situation?", "What could happen to me the next time I ask a question?" "How could I best handle it if I am threatened or harmed when asking a question?" and "If I am in an audience and a similar situation occurs, what will I do?"

Unless you plan on crawling into a hole to hide, you will need to know the answers.

Written for Assimilated Press by roving reporter pinko


Anonymous Anonymous said...

In a democracy, people have a right to speak. In a thugocracy, police have the power to taser people to stop them from speaking.

9:23 AM  

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