"Every single day police and and sheriff's deputies in our state put their life on the line for us and we should be aware that by far and aware most of these officers are extraordinarily careful in what they do ... On the other hand, the day before yesterday, when this instance occurred, I think most of us think that presumably this was excessive force and it needs to be investigated. Free speech is important in our country."
You'd think as the states's top law enforcement officer McCollum would know to reserve judgment till the investigation is over.
Ok Mr. McCollum maybe you don't get it, but many of us do. Andrew "Don't Tase Me, Bro" Meyer's first amendment rights were not violated. The forum was over, he forced his way to the podium and demanded he be heard, the Senator said ok, then Meyer proceeded on a God-knows-how-long-it-would-have-been-if-nobody-had-turned-off-his-microphone diatribe until finally the ACCENT student speakers bureau had enough of his rudeness and vulgarity and cut off his mike, the police attempted to remove him--peacefully and without harm I might add.
And THAT is when Mr. Meyer felt the need to make a scene. And THAT is when they tasered him, with one hand in cuffs, NOT two, while he kicked and screamed and made an ass of himself and disrupted a University sponsored event.
This had nothing to do with free speech, but of course McCollum knows that, he's just pandering for votes in the next election, that's all.