Was Tasered Student Pulling a Stunt?
Was the left-wing student who tried to shout out extremist questions to senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) before being forcibly removed by police just pulling a publicity stunt?
That allegation is coming out as police reports of the Kerry speech say that the tasered student seemed to have his eye out for publicity:
The Florida Division of Law Enforcement will investigate Monday's arrest of Andrew Meyer, said University of Florida President J. Bernard Machen. Machen called the incident "regretful for us." [...]
"You will take my question because I have been listening to your crap for two hours," Meyer told Kerry, according to the police report of the incident.
He then turned to a woman and said "Are you taping this? Do you have this? You ready?" the report said. [...]
Police noted that his demeanor "completely changed once the cameras were not in sight" and described him as laughing and being lighthearted as he was being driven to the Alachua County Detention Center.
"I am not mad at you guys, you didn't do anything wrong. You were just trying to do your job," Meyer said, according to the police report.
At one point, he asked whether there were going to be cameras at the jail, according to the report. [...]
Meyer was carrying a business card advertising "The*****.com [snip] 'Speak My Mind,' " the police report said.
The Web site features videos of Meyer taking part in several practical jokes. It also includes a "disorganized diatribe" that criticizes the war in Iraq and the media.
In other words, just your unfriendly neighborhood Olbermann fan. Still, that doesn't mean they had to taser the guy.
Update 13:22. Speaking of random encounters, NB's Scott Whitlock has video of an unknown man acting strangely during a news conference for OJ Simpson's attorneys. Was this a stunt too? Was he not removed because of the taser incident? Watch and decide for yourself.