18 September 2007

KingCast stands aghast at out of control cops at University of Florida, tasering madly, as Bruce McKay OC Sprayed Liko Kenney and others in Franconia.

What the hell, people? Why? Watch the full videos.

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The guy was clearly animated but asking some serious questions that Senator Kerry was poised to answer but the jack-booted thugs with the guns, the OC Spray and the tasers had their way with him instead. FWIW my exchanges with John Kerry have always been pretty laid back; he shot the no blood for oil spot at the end of my driveway, right in front of Das Bimmer.

9 comments:

Christopher King said...

This from one of my sources in Florida:

"John Kerry said he was fine with the questions and at one point tries to get the police to let the boy go. The entire University is in an uproar. The streets are filled with protesters and picketing.

Interesting we are not seeing that on the news. [Kingcast observation: Not really. We live in a Police State] They even had to lock down buildings today - one of them my daughter was in. The students are furious. These videos are short but they let you see what started it and this person followed them out after he was removed from the lecture hall."

Christopher King said...

hey mom,

here are some videos i found of the protesting. i haven't had a chance to look at the links you sent me yet.

the person to contact/complain/voice opinions to is: Chief Linda Stump at updinfo@admin.ufl.edu


love you

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVRMkUWOzJE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_sASXLbFgM

Anonymous said...

Quote from friend this morning:

"Just like McKay, those cops escalated the situation way beyond where it needed to go."

And

"What ever happened to freedom of speech?"

I think a high profile politician needs to latch onto the issue with policing Constitutional rights being eroded. Its becoming omnipresent. Good to to get Franconia 5/11 out there Chris and link to these other videos and events.

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkmhY5XET3w&NR=1

Police Brutality in America.

Stand up for your rights.

Charles Duffy said...

The Old Black Lady in the wheel chair
Got tasered to death in Florida..

In a Wheel Chair??

Why is the police becoming more violent? It must be in the fast food that they eat.

So fast to make a decision against communities.

Do you help run your community our does the Government..and the police run it for you?

Anonymous said...

Published on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 by Huffington Post
A Shocking Moment for Society: Tasering at University of Florida
by Naomi Wolf


Today’s news shows a recognizable shock moment in the annals of a closing society. A very ordinary-looking American student — Andrew Meyer, 21, at the University of Florida - was tasered by police when he asked a question of Senator John Kerry about the impeachment of President George Bush. His arms were pinned and as he tried to keep speaking he was shocked — in spite of begging not to be hurt. A stunning piece of footage but unfortunately, historically, a very familiar and even tactical moment.

It is an iconic turning point and it will be remembered as the moment at which America either fought back or yielded. This violence against a student is different from violence against protesters in the anti-war movement of 30 years ago because of the power the president has now to imprison innocent U.S. citizens for months in isolation. And because, as I have explained elsewhere, we are not now in a situation in which ‘the pendulum’ can easily swing back. That taser was directed at the body of a young man, but it is we ourselves, and our Constitution, who received the full force of the shock.

There is a chapter in my new book, The End of America, entitled “Recast Criticism as ‘Espionage’ and Dissent as ‘Treason,’” that conveys why this moment is the horrific harbinger it is. I argue that strategists using historical models to close down an open society start by using force on ‘undesirables,’ ‘aliens,’ ‘enemies of the state,’ and those considered by mainstream civil society to be untouchable; in other times they were, of course, Jews, Gypsies, Communists, homosexuals. Then, once society has been acculturated to that use of force, the ‘blurring of the line’ begins and the parameters of criminalized speech are extended — the definition of ‘terrorist’ expanded — and the use of force begins to be deployed in HIGHLY VISIBLE, STRATEGIC and VISUALLY SHOCKING WAYS against people that others see and identify with as ordinary citizens. The first ‘torture cellars’ used by the SA, in Germany between 1931 and 1933 — even before the National Socialists gained control of the state, during the years when Germany was still a parliamentary democracy — were informal and widely publicized in the mainstream media. Few German citizens objected because those abused there were seen as ‘other’ — even though the abuse was technically illegal. But then, after this escalation of the use of force was accepted by the population, students, journalists, opposition leaders, and clergy were similarly abused during their own arrests. Within six months dissent was stilled in Germany.

What is the lesson for us from this and from other closing societies, some of them democracies? You can have a working Congress or Parliament; newspapers; human rights groups; even elections; but when ordinary people start to be hurt by the state for speaking out, dissent closes quickly and the shock chills opposition very, very fast. Once that happens, democracy has been so weakened that major tactical and strategic incursions — greater violations of democratic process — are far more likely. If there is dissent about the vote in Florida in this next presidential election — and the police are tasering voters’ rights groups — we will still have an election.

What we will not have is liberty.

We have to understand what time it is. When the state starts to hurt people for asking questions, we can no longer operate on the leisurely time of a strong democracy — the ‘Oh gosh how awful!’ kind of time. It is time to take to the streets. It is time to confront those committing crimes against the Constitution. The window has now dropped several precipitous inches and once it is closed there is no opening it without great and sorrowful upheaval.

We also need to understand from history that the temptation at a moment like this to grow more quiet — to stay out of the line of fire — is the wrong choice by far. History shows categorically that if citizens do not stand up now to confront and imprison the abusers, things do not get safer — they get much more dangerous for ordinary people, activist or not.

I was scared when I wrote The End of America — personally scared because the blueprint I was tracing in the summer of 2006 showed clearly that protesters and critics would start to be hurt within the year. When I told a dear friend that I was scared, he gently reminded me of the history I was reading. He asked, will things be scarier for you and the ones you love if you speak up now — or if you are silent?

We don’t just need to speak up now. We need to act. It is time to rebel in the name of the flag and the founders.

Naomi Wolf is the author of The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot, Chelsea Green Publishing, Sept 2007. She is also a co-founder of the American Freedom Campaign, a grassroots and grasstops democracy movement.

Charles Duffy said...

The Old Black Lady in the wheel chair
Got tasered to death in Florida..

In a Wheel Chair??

Why is the police becoming more violent? It must be in the fast food that they eat.

So fast to make a decision against communities.

Do you help run your community our does the Government..and the police run it for you?

Anonymous said...

I am truly appalled that the day has come when a student that poses no threat other than voicing his opinion and asking questions in a passionate manner can be taken down and tasered by 6 police officers. What is equally appalling is how there are many that do not find this shocking as if there is nothing wrong with this violation. Some found the young man annoying and so therefore he deserved what he got. How has the United States arrived at the place that being found annoying by police officers gives them the right to physically remove you from a lecture that allows questions and answers? Further, if it is disputed and resisted as no crime has been committed you can actually be tasered. This type of discretion is based on what? A cops personal perception of your thoughts and attitude.

In 2003, Liko Kenney was handcuffed, beaten and arrested because he would not go back to his car and he asked questions. There is no law that you are to remain in your car is there? There is no law that says you cannot ask questions regarding a stop. That night Bruce McKay made up the law.

It was reported in the Democrat Newspaper that a woman was recently pulled over for speeding in Dalton NH. She was told to get out of her car over a speaker phone by the 2 officer's in the car. This was very frightening to her and distressing as this is not a police officer's typical preference (not law). She got out and was very uncomfortable with the way she was being treated. She asked repeatedly if the stop was being taped before she got the answer, "No".

So what's up? Are we supposed to see what each varying police officer expects from us w/out question or fear for our own safety? We are being slowly stripped of our civil rights. All the President of the US needs to do is utter two words and our rights as a citizen disappear....."Martial Law".

I don't know about the rest of you but I happen to like the Constitution and The Bill of Rights our founding father's created to protect us from being dominated by our own government. I would like to keep my rights and the only way for this to happen is for "We the People" to start opening our mouths and demanding the rights we inherited.

Anonymous said...

The world is watching us. This is the comment from youtube made by someone from Greece.


"don't tell me all those cops weren't able to control him. so he was makin' a fuss, imagine yourselves in a situation like this: being arrested for talking. is that democracy?
the tasering was completely out of line.
the video went around the world, here in greece most people are shocked, after seeing this on the news..."