Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Difficult Question + Florida Police = Taser

A college student had a few questions for John Kerry during a Q&A session. The first was a serious question about why Kerry conceded the day of the '04 election when there were still questions about disenfranchisement, then came a question about Impeachment of Bush, he probably should have stopped there because his final question was about Skull and Bones. So he might have put himself into the conspiracy theory realm but there is nothing illegal about that. Apparently the police thought otherwise as the proceed to apprehend the student. He failed to cooperate quickly enough with being arrested for asking a question so the police decided that for the safety of the others it was necessary to Taser this student after he was already held on the ground. He has been charged with resisting arrest, and disturbing the peace. Um he asked a question at a Q&A, how the fuck is that disturbing the peace? As far as resisting an officer, if someone tries to grab me for no apparent reason then expect them to resist. If the police had immediately said they were arresting him then they would have a legitimate point about resisting, but without the resisting they don't have a legitimate reason for arresting him. To Kerry's credit he is heard to say he's willing to answer the questions. I think if I were in his shoes I would have yelled at the cops, 1970's Kerry would have yelled at the cops, people mellow. He may have been able to do something to prevent this, but to be fair its one of those things that is so completely unexpected that I'm sure he was just stunned and unsure of what to do. I don't think they teach you this in etiquette class. So its a crazy ass incident, and the only concession I will make to the police is that the young man was uncooperative, then again anyone could see that what was needed was to defuse the situation not get physical. Fuck the police. Anyway heres the video including his questions.

And heres another one that just seems fitting.


heather said...

Good job he didn't ask what was the square root of minus 2 or some question that was really difficult or he'd have been executed.

GranolaGuy said...

Arthur: Be quiet. I ORDER you to be quiet.
Peasant: Help! Help! I'm being oppressed.
Arthur: BE QUIET
Peasant: Come see the violence inherent in the system!