Archive for Thursday, October 25, 2007

Cops cleared in ‘Don’t Tase me, Bro’ case

October 25, 2007

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— Andrew Meyer, the University of Florida student who was Tasered by campus police in September, may have staged the disturbance in an effort to disrupt a political forum at the Gainesville campus, a state police report concludes.

The report from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, released Wednesday by the university, cleared UF police of wrongdoing in subduing Meyer, 21.

Meyer, of Weston, was subdued with a Taser after he resisted arrest during a speech by 2004 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry on Sept. 17.

Meyer, whose cry of "Don't Tase me bro'!" made him a cause celebre on the Internet, declined to comment Wednesday. He has been charged with disrupting a public event and resisting arrest. The state attorney's office has not yet decided whether to prosecute.

His attorney, Robert Griscti, told The Miami Herald his client was not grandstanding.

"I think the suggestion is that he is looking for publicity when in fact everything that has happened is just the reverse."

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