Once again, we have a student riding the lightning.
For those of my Gentle Readers who haven't heard the news yet, a student by the name of Andrew Meyer got himself tasered at the University of Florida.
Initially, I reacted to this one much as I did to the previous taser/student intersection at the UCLA.
Now, I'm not so sure that this one isn't within acceptable police limits.
First, the video.
The story I am hearing is that questions were no longer being accepted, and that Mr. Meyer "rushed to the microphone" prior to the footage above.
I have no verification of that, so we'll hold off on speculating about incidents prior to the video footage.
Watch the video again, and count down until you get to the 05:18 mark.
Folks, don't do this. Ever. When the Nice Officers are walking you out of whatever building or room that you were previously occupying, you are Under Arrest. If you snatch your arms away from the Nice Officers and run while being Under Arrest, Bad Things are going to happen.
If I were one of the responding officers, I'd have ploughed his butt into the ground right there.
Mr. Meyer has now committed the offence of Resisting Arrest.
Having to be physically dragged up the aisle while struggling and fighting doesn't make things any better.
There is a place to fight Police Injustice -- and this wasn't it. If Mr. Meyer truly believed the police were going overboard in their reaction, or that his rights were being violated, the proper place to deal with this is in a court-room -- not an auditorium.
So far, the officers on the video are being extraordinarily gentle with Mr. Meyer. In similar situations, when suspects began struggling after being caught -- I'd have arm-barred him into the concrete, hand-cuffed him and dragged him out the door by the hair.
Continue watching the video until 04:52. Again -- and I can't stress this enough -- don't do this. That elbow into the upper chest/throat area of the African-American cop at 04:50 -- was utterly and completely stupid. In that officer's place, I'd have brachial-stunned that critter and had done with it -- I can't believe he just wrestled the kid.
Anyhoo -- you're not going to win a fight against cops. It's not going to happen.
So, now they're struggling on the ground.
Been There. Done That. Got the ripped shirts to prove it.
Thing is, nine times out of ten, when folks at the bottom of a pig-pile figure out they're fixing to lose this one -- they lock their hands under the bodies. Damned near every time. I don't know what they think they're going to achieve -- maybe if we can't get their hands loose, we'll just wander off to the doughnut stand, or something -- but they'll lock their hands under their bodies and not turn loose.
Now, once you go down, you're not getting up again without being in handcuffs. That's just the way it is. So, we need your hands. This is why you hear cops yelling about hands during pig-piles.
Normally, if a subject insists on shaking hands with himself while his full body-weight rests on them, we'll use a pressure point along with verbal persuasion to make him turn loose. I've also seen OC used, but that's sloppy and gets other officers and bystanders sprayed.
I've also seen the judicious use of an elbow strike or hammer fist to the kidney(s) to gain compliance, but that's even more sloppy.
This is why he got his butt tasered. He went down under a pig-pile and locked his hands under his body. The officers didn't want to roll him over -- he's a fairly big ol' boy and why fight him all over again? Or what if he isn't locking his hands, but actually going for a knife or a gun and just can't deploy the knife or gun because of the weight of the pig-pile?
So, they order him to show his hands, and they order him to put his hands behind his back.
Kittenishly, he refuses.
So, the tapped him with a taser until he withdrew his hands from under his body.
We've done the exact same thing for the exact same reasons.
Andrew Meyer physically resisted arrest. He then resisted arrest with active force, was taken to the ground, where he continued to resist lawful arrest until a drive stun with a taser caused him to cease resisting.
I have to give props to the Florida police department that handled this for their patience, because I'd have tasered him at least two times prior to them actually doing it -- if not employed an arm-bar or a brachial stun.
[UPDATE] CNN appears to believe that the incident may have been staged by Andrew Meyer.
I'd like to see some other verification of this.
If true, however, my estimation of Mr. Meyer is going to drop sharply from "Bloody Nuisance" to "Complete and Total Sodding Idiot".
Racking up a felony charge and risking Serious Bodily Injury by fighting cops for your 15 minutes of fame is about as [deleted]-ignorant as they come.