Student Tasered at Kerry Speech out of Jail

By: AP
By: AP

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ The University of Florida student who
spent a night in jail after being Tasered and arrested at a q-and-a
session with John Kerry is now free.

Andrew Meyer was released Tuesday morning on his own recognizance. He had no comment as he left the jail in Gainesville.

Video of the incident that happened Monday night shows officers pulling Meyer away from the microphone, after he loudly and repeatedly tried to ask Kerry about impeaching President Bush, and about whether he and Bush were both in the secret Skull and Bones society at Yale.

Jail records show he was arrested on charges of resisting an
officer and disturbing the peace.

The university's president says he's asked state authorities to investigate the arrest. Officials say the probe will determine whether appropriate force was used. Two officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave.

Kerry, meanwhile, has issued a statement saying he regrets that a healthy discussion was interrupted. Kerry says in the statement that it's the first time in his 37 years of public appearances that he's had a dialogue "end this way."

He says he thinks he "could have handled the situation without interruption." But Kerry adds that he doesn't know what "warnings or other exchanges" took place between the student and police before the confrontation.

Kerry points out that he asked police to let him answer the question -- and he says he was "in the process of responding" when the student was taken away. He says he hopes nobody was hurt.

Video of the Monday incident is on many web sites. It turns out that it's not Andrew Meyer's first appearance on the Internet. He has a history of taping his own practical jokes, and several of those videos are featured on his own Web site.

In one of them, he stands in a street with a sign that says, "Harry Dies," after the release of the latest Harry Potter book. In another, he acts like a drunk while trying to pick up a woman in a bar.

The site also has what is called a "disorganized diatribe" attributed to Meyer. It criticizes the Iraq war, and the news media for not covering the conflict enough. And he lashes out at the American public for paying too much attention to celebrity news.


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