Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Free Speech: One More Reason to Stay Out of Florida

Florida weighs in against Free Speech at the Swamp, when University of Florida student, Andrew Meyer, asks a long winded question of former Presidential candidate, Sen. John Kerry. The question remains why Senator Kerry didn’t use the time-honored “Sir, do you have a question?” approach commonly utilized by experienced public speakers encountering someone who can't get to the point. We would note the somewhat "chilling effect" of tasers.
It's been a while since we've done a post on "One More Reason to Stay Out of Florida, but this one's a doozy.
Update: We found this video where Kerry clearly asks "What is the question?" but its after the policewoman taps Meyer on the shoulder.
Update 2: The police report reveals that nine officers were involved in the arrest. Andrew Meyer was unarmed. Why weren't this number of officers unable to subdue the student without a taser? Was Meyer rude, loud, and obnoxious? Yes, but nowhere does it say that freedom of speech is limited to the mannerly.
Earlier reasons to stay out of Florida: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


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