As usual, I'm a couple weeks behind the times. But the Andrew Meyer Incident is actually local news for me, and it's still reviberating in this community even though it's pretty much deflated into a beer-drinking catch phrase for the rest of the world.
Watch it for yourself. Although everyone can agree that Meyer is annoying and looking to stir up a ruckus, does he constitute a threat when he's got six — count 'em — six big-boned police officers on top of him? This is the important question to me because this is the moment that he was tazered, twice.
No doubt about it, he was clearly resisting arrest. But the math (6 cops, 1 loudmouth) doesn't seem to carry a remainder of 50000 volts. Twice.
Unlike many of the paranoid voices at the University of Florida, I don't think this is a signal of the police state to come. This is what a police state looks like. But it's gonna play a big part in formulating the policy for police action at free speech rallies in the United States for the next generation. A University of Florida task force on the subject of Tasers met for the first time this week.
As I'm new to town, I'm just taking the temperature here and I'm finding that the south is as raucous as ever. And that makes me a bit proud.