The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has cleared the campus police of any wrongdoing in the infamous tasering of a University of Florida student last month. The video of campus cops tasering student Andrew Meyer at a Sen. John Kerry speaking event inspired the “Don’t Tase Me Bro” catchphrase, scores of YouTube remixes (see the Can’t Tase This remix) and a fierce debate about whether Florida police acted appropriately.
Here’s a shock:—but not of the 50,000-volt variety— Florida law enforcement officials say the cops did. University of Florida President Bernie Machen released a 17-page executive summary of the report on Wednesday but said it would at least a week before the full 300-page report could be redacted and made public.
In short, the [Florida Department of Law Enforcement] determined that our officers acted well within state guidelines. The two officers, who were placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, were reinstated by the University Police Department this morning and are back on normal duty.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 24, 2007