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University police cleared in Tasering

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – University of Florida police were justified in using a Taser against a student who refused to stop questioning Sen. John Kerry on campus last month, according to a state investigation released Wednesday.

Some had questioned the use of force in using the stun gun against Andrew Meyer, leading to the investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. A summary of the agency’s report was released Wednesday.

“In short, the FDLE determined that our officers acted well within state guidelines,” university President Bernie Machen said in a letter to students, faculty and staff members.

Two officers who were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation were reinstated Wednesday, Machen said.

The scuffle between Meyer and police started during the Sept. 17 speech by Kerry when Meyer refused to leave the microphone after his allotted time was up, police said. The videotaped altercation and Meyer’s cries of “Don’t Tase me bro!” were played frequently on the Internet.

Meyer has been charged by police with resisting an officer and disturbing the peace, but the state attorney’s office has not yet decided whether to file formal charges.


 

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N. Korea, setting stage for talks, halts nuclear, ICBM tests

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