Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Police reports from taser incident...

Click here for Michelle Malkin's site to view all of the police and witness statements. Interesting how the police statements and those of many other witnesses seem to corroborate each other.

Here is the statement of Nicole (Officer Mallo):

On 09/17/07 at 1015 hours, I was working an overtime function at the University Auditorium for Accent presents Senator John Kerry. There were approximately 350 plus people in attendance. At approximately 1245 hrs., Ambassador Jett informed the audience that there would be a question and answer session and that Senator Kerry would only be answering about 6 questions, 3 on each side of the room where there were microphones set up. Senator Kerry told Ambassador Jett that he might be able to answer a couple more, time permitting. Senator Kerry was answering questions during the “question and answer stage” of his presentation when the audience was told there would only be one question left to be answered. After the question was answered, Senator Kerry stated the question and answer was over and thanked the audience for asking their questions. The approximate number of people in line asking questions was about 20, and Senator Kerry answered about 8 questions. All of the people standing in line started to dissipate and either sat back down or started to leave. As Senator Kerry was ending his speech, a man disrupted the senator by screaming, yelling, and flailing his arms. The man moved his way down the aisle yelling, “Why don’t you answer my questions, I have been waiting and listening to you speak in circles for the last two hours.”

“These officers are going to arrest me”. I didn’t see any officer directly next to him until I noticed Officer Wise walking down trying to get his attention. The man was screaming and yelling obscenities until Senator Kerry told him to calm down and that he would take his question, but he needed to calm down. At that point, the man stated, “You will take my question because I have been listening to your crap for two hours”. The man at that point turned to his friend and said, “Are you taping this? Do you have this? You ready?” The man was talking to a woman who was there to film him. Before asking the question, I had a chance to ask the man if he was a student and he stated, “I don’t have to tell you.” I the asked him if he knew the rules to the student code of conduct and he said, “What?” I informed the man that after he asked Senator Kerry the question that I needed to talk to him outside.

After asking the question, the man would not let Senator Kerry finish his statement and kept badgering the senator about his beliefs, talking about “blow jobs”, and yelling as loud as he could as to sensationalize his presence. At that moment the Accent Director, Max Tyroler, asked us to take him out of the auditorium and had his microphone turned off stating, “He had said enough.” Officer Wise and I grabbed both of the man’s arms and asked him to come with us out of the auditorium to speak with us. The man then lifted me up and pushed Officer Wise to avoid being taken into custody. As he pushed and kicked Officer Wise, Sgt. King grabbed him and escorted him out of the room, but the man pushed Sgt. King out of the way and was yelling and trying to get back down the aisle. At this point Officer Sexton, Officer De Jesus, and Officer Lamb tried to assist Officer Wise and Sgt King in getting a hold of the punching and kicking irate man while Officer Dean, Officer Passero, and Officer Spurlin were present trying to assist.

The man continued to scream and yell as well as push, kick, and elbow the officers attempting to take him into custody. After multiple attempts to tell him to stop resisting, the man said, “No” and continued to push and elbow the officers. Only one handcuff was placed on the man as he continued to punch his way out of the hold. The officers could not get a hold of his other arm as he was kicking, punching, and elbowing into officers. After many attempts to get the man to comply, he chose to continue actively resisting the officers. I obeyed the command from Sgt. King to utilize the taser for the continuation of non-compliance by the man. One contact tase to the man’s left shoulder was deployed for the duration of its cycle. After the cycle ended, the man was asked to comply and stop resisting and for a brief moment he did, at which time he was placed in handcuffs.

After he was lifted to his feet, he kept screaming and yelling to let him go by continually pushing the officers. I read the man his Miranda rights and explained why he was being placed under arrest. As the man was escorted down stairs with no cameras in sight, he remained quiet, but once the cameras made their way down stairs he started screaming and yelling again. Some of the comments that the man made were “You can’t kill me.”, “They are giving me to the government.” and “They are going to kill me.”

The man was identified not only by the people there filming for him, but also by a business card he had on him that had his picture on it. The card read, “TheANDREWMEYER.com“Speak my mind.” I asked him if he was Andrew Meyer and he said, “Yes, I am.” Meyer was transported to the Alachua County Detention Center by my myself and Officer Vinson. Meyer stated he just wanted Senator Kerry to hear what he had to say and that he was upset when he ended the questions without being heard. Meyer stated, on the way to thejail, “I am not mad at you guys, you didn’t do anything wrong, you were just trying to do your job.” Meyer was laughing and being lighthearted in the car, his demeanor completelychanged once the cameras were not in sight. Meyer did ask, at one point, if the cameras were going to be at the jail.

Meyer was charged with disturbing the peace (interfering with a school function) and resisting with violence. A use of force report was filled out and Meyer was sent a Judicialaffairs form for his actions. None of the officers injured needed to seek medical attention and the injuries sustained from this incident were digitally documented.

12 comments:

  1. So, your thoughts are proven true, Jessica. The guy was into pulling a stunt for publicity. Handing out his card. Yukking it up with the officers in the car.

    I mentioned you on my blog today. Hope lots of folks stop by to read your stories.

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  2. Karen threatened to make me walk the plank on National Pirates Day if I failed to stop over. Having been here before made the choice easy.

    As a Vietnam vet, like her husband, personally I should be happy to see Sen. Kerry heckled but I'm not. People like Meyer have no right to attend an invitation function and assert a higher moral right to be heard in whatever manner they wish to speak while everyone else has to sit there subserviently and listen.

    The rules are set by the organizers, not Meyer. Does anyone here, or in the entire UF, think for one second that he acted in the best interest of anyone but himself? That he had reasons to act as he did to the benefit of anyone else but himself? Even just for only the personal enjoyment of himself and friends viewing the video later?
    What fun! Oh, watch, I really kicked the cop in the face here! Ha-Ha.

    I can't believe there is anyone trying to argue the finer points of law over this ass and his arrest. What's the matter? Run out of "Free Mummia" talking points?
    In the old days Meyer would have just gotten his head split open with a billy club - unconcious, hearing Theresa Heinz laughing in his ears. And really, clubs, choke holds and guns are why they created Tasers.

    Even if Meyers proves to proclaim conservatism his only religion, which he has not, I give a crap. Manners, boy, simple manners. Not everyone gets to "Come On Down" at The Price Is Right, either.

    Lastly, although I have much more, I have tried to take down and sit on an individual who doesn't want it to happen, including with the help of several others, dozens of times. It ain't Freakin' easy!!!
    Those officers did everything but give him an engraved invitation to cease and desist, please, and just leave, just go outside.

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  3. Hi Paul, I've missed you!!!! Glad you're back!!

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  4. Thank you, Jess, I'm glad to be back.
    I wanted to add that Nicole's got courage and writes a helluva report too.

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  5. Hi
    Came from Karens blog.
    Its disturbing to see how far people will go for publicity and according to the report the cops did their best to manage the situation without tasering the idiot.He should be glad that I am not a cop!

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  6. Many of us thought Andrew Meyer's little event was staged even before we heard the police statement. So, Andrew, was it worth it? As a result of your actions, there is talk that we may lose our right to dialog with visiting speakers. You set this up. You broke the rules. You created the havoc. Now tell me again who is interfering with our right to free speech? ~RQ

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  7. The ever so sad part now is that Meyer and his lawyers..., what lawyers? The ones who keep calling him, begging to take his case, including the ACLU.
    But that's fine, it IS his right to request redress of a "wrong." The problem is, such a case can be dragged out so long that even an University the size of UF can find it too expensive to fight and will try to settle.
    Whether that was Meyer's purpose, I can't know. The expense involved is a good indication that something is wrong with our judicial system.

    I hope Jessica keeps us up to date on new developments, whether the media does or not, I'd rather hear what is actually happening.

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  8. Someone was injured during this? I didn't see a thing and he didn't seem to be resisting enough to do much. I'm surprised anyone got hurt at all. I mean, other than him being hurt while the taser was on, but after that I didn't think anyone, including him, was injured. That's a surprise to me.

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  9. Anonymous9/21/2007

    THE POLICE REPORT SAYS...After asking the question, the man would not let Senator Kerry finish his statement and kept badgering the senator about his beliefs, talking about “blow jobs”, and yelling as loud as he could as to sensationalize his presence. At that moment the Accent Director, Max Tyroler, asked us to take him out of the auditorium and had his microphone turned off stating, “He had said enough.” Officer Wise and I grabbed both of the man’s arms and asked him to come with us out of the auditorium to speak with us...BUT UNFORTUNATELY NONE OF THAT HAPPENS IN THE VIDEO TAPES. MEYERS QUESTIONS WAS COMPLEX AND MADE UP OF HIS PREMISE AND THREE RELATED QUESTIONS KERRY HAS NEVER BEEN WILLING TO ANSWER.I hope ms Mallo enjoys paid leave cause the investigations just might result in her getting sacked.I'll be leaving your little part of the internet world now.

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  10. wow abviously the above contributor didn't see the video at ALL!!
    He must have been watching porn.
    HA!!!!
    I was there at the Kerry event
    I heard it and saw it..
    She and the other cops were well within their duties
    FYI
    This guy above was anonymous in his blog (meaning FABRICATOR!!), wrote the same falsified statement on another blog
    Thank goodness he has left this part of the internet world now.
    I'd kick his anonymous ass right now for lying...

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  11. Anonymous9/21/2007

    Hey Anonymous..
    so MR. wasn't there...
    what were the 3 questions he asked?
    what?
    still thinking?
    Keep LYING JERK BOY..
    Here is the real truth...The idiot never asked a single damn question...

    he babbled...like you are.
    nonsensical babble...so silence yourself you already made it clear you are a fool.

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  12. Hmm so now because it's not on video it didn't happen.

    You're brainwashed. Go back to your ipod, xbox, mtv or whatever it is you do in your spare time.

    Oy vey!

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