University of Fla. police cleared in use of TASER on student
The Associated Press
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GAINESVILLE, Florida — University of Florida police were justified when they used a stun gun called a Taser against a student who refused to stop questioning U.S. Senator John Kerry at a campus event, according to a state investigation released Wednesday.
A summary of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement report was released by the University of Florida after some questioned the use of force against student Andrew Meyer.
The scuffle between Meyer and police started during the Sept. 17 speech when Meyer refused to leave the microphone after his allotted time was up, police said. Police said he used vulgar language and physically resisted the officers.
The videotaped altercation and Meyer's cries of "Don't Tase me bro!" were played frequently on the Internet.
"In short, the FDLE determined that our officers acted well within state guidelines," university President Bernie Machen said in a letter to students, faculty and staff.
Rob Griscti, Meyer's attorney, said he had not yet reviewed the report and had no immediate comment. The journalism major is known for posting practical jokes online on his Web site.
Machen said two officers who were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation were reinstated Wednesday.
The report says the officers first intent was just to escort Meyer from the auditorium, but he broke away and refused to comply with verbal instructions from the officers.
Meyer has been charged by police for resisting an officer and disturbing the peace, but the State Attorney's Office has not yet decided whether to file formal charges.