Tasered Florida Student on Palast Report by Zach Roberts + video (updated)

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Due to issues involving Andrew Meyer’s litigation, his attorney has requested we hold off broadcast until Friday evening. As this young journalist has had enough shocks in his life, I see no reason not to comply.

Now that I’ve met Andrew, I can tell you: he’s not some sensationalist fruitcake. He’s a sincere guy with a damn good question: why not count the votes, America? Andrew will be providing on-the-ground reports for us from Florida over the coming election season.
Apologies for the awful puns.

– Greg Palast

“The Palast Report”
on “Clout” with Richard Greene
Air America Radio Network

by Zach Roberts
Greg Palast

Today on Air America Radio

It’s not the volts, it’s the votes

The student shocked by a taser gun last month at the University of Florida while questioning Senator John Kerry will appear today on The Palast Report on Air America Radio.

Andrew Meyer will join Greg Palast’s investigative segment on the Air America program “Clout.” Check www.GregPalast.com for listings and AirAmericaRadio.com.

Palast’s office is in contact with the Senator’s office to see if Kerry will answer Meyer’s question – without an armed guard.

Meyer, who appeared this morning on the Today show sandwiched between reports on Britney Spears, Oprah Winfrey and Heather Mill’s, was the only guest who managed to sneak in a matter of substance on the gossip and title broadcast. Meyer told Today that the real issue isn’t the volts he received, but the votes uncounted.

As he told NBC earlier, “The first question I asked the Senator [Kerry] was about his concession of the 2004 election. Greg Palast, author of ‘Armed Madhouse,’ the book I was holding up at the forum, proved that John Kerry won the 2004 election. The ultimate point I was trying to make was to bring up the heinous way millions of American votes were chucked in the garbage on Election Day.”

In Armed Madhouse, and in stories for Harpers Magazine and BBC Television Newsnight, Palast reported that Gainesville, Florida, where Meyer attends school, is the center of attacks on the rights of Black voters. In 2000, Governor Jeb Bush ordered the illegal purge of thousands of voters, the majority of them African-American, as felons who did not have the right to vote. One was Pastor Thomas Johnson of Gainesville, ironically, a personal friend of Jeb Bush – but an African-American and so, said the pastor, barred from casting a ballot.

In 2004, the Palast BBC Team discovered that African-American voters Florida, including soldiers on active duty, were the targeted by “caging” lists disseminated by Karl Rove’s assistant for the purpose of wrongly blocking their right to vote. Congressman John Conyers, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has begun an investigation of this voter caging scam.

Meyer said he wanted to know why Kerry, who said he’s read the Palast investigative reports, so rapidly conceded the Presidential race in 2004, thereby abandoning these African-American voters. Currently, Meyer is on assignment to follow up on the fate of Florida’s disenfranchised voters as a student intern with the Palast team.

“I’ve told Andrew,” said Palast, “If you’re going to ask tough questions, for God’s sake, wear a grounding wire.”

In 2001, Palast, while filming for BBC Television, was himself removed from the Office of Katherine Harris after asking her elections supervisor about the purge of Black voters. Palast’s removal is captured on the BBC Film, “Bush Family Fortunes.”


Greg Palast is the author of the New York Times bestseller, ARMED MADHOUSE: From Baghdad to New Orleans — Sordid Secrets and Strange Tales of a White House Gone Wild.

Subscribe to Palast’s writings and view his investigative reports for BBC Television’s Newsnight, at www.GregPalast.com.

Palast is available for limited media comment, but Meyer, due to legal restrictions, is not. E-mail zach (at) gregpalast.com

Andrew Meyer on Today Show with Palast Intro


The student shocked by a taser gun last month at the University of Florida while questioning Senator John Kerry will appear today on The Palast Report on Air America Radio.

Andrew Meyer will join Greg Palast’s investigative segment on the Air America program “Clout.” Check http://www.GregPalast.com for listings and AirAmericaRadio.com.


‘Don’t Tase me, bro’ student breaks silence transcript to interview

6 thoughts on “Tasered Florida Student on Palast Report by Zach Roberts + video (updated)

  1. Is there something in the water supply? Some kind of apathy inducing substance? Where is the outrage?

    The next taser may have YOUR name on it!

  2. I’m ambivalent on the police issue, just as Meyer appears to be. Recently an investigation at UF found the cops acted according to procedure. What should be criticized, then, is not so much the individual cops involved but (a) the police protocol that calls for tasing under such benign circumstances, and (b) the student reps who signaled to the cops to take him out.

    Betty, my gut reaction was identical to yours. Had I been there, I may even have intervened on Meyer’s behalf. And that of course is exactly what they were worried about. If six supposedly “trained” police officers couldn’t subdue a single unruly student without the use of electricity, then imagine how useless the police would have been against multiple dissenters. More students entering the ruckus may have provoked the night sticks, or worse, which in turn would increase the risk of even more concerned citizens entering the fray. Hence the “inciting a riot” charge.

  3. DK, I wondered about that, too. I need to find me one when I’m out taking pics of the local men and women in blue in my town.

    Betty, I feel the same way. It was difficult to hear him apologize when the police should be apologizing to him.

  4. It’s really angers me that the sick brutality of these police officers has been swept under the rug. It’s obvious that he received this kind of treatment exactly because he dared to ask his question. I think Meyer had to compromise in order to avoid prosecution. I get the impression that he’s trying to keep the more important issue of voter caging in the forefront. I just hope something positive comes from it.

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