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Tuesday, February 07, 2023

Meyer knew of taping, according to UPD report

While some students continue to protest the Tasering and arrest of UF student Andrew Meyer, other people are questioning Meyer himself.

Meyer became an Internet and TV celebrity when videos were posted of police Tasering him at a speech by Sen. John Kerry, a Democrat who represents Massachusetts.

According to a University Police Department offense report, before Meyer began pelting Kerry with questions on Monday, he turned to a friend and said, "Are you taping this? Do you have this? You ready?"

In a loud voice, Meyer said he was "sick of listening to Kerry's crap for the past two hours," and he demanded permission to ask questions, the report states.

Meyer was "badgering the senator about his beliefs, talking about 'blowjobs' and yelling as loud as he could to sensationalize his presence," when officer Nicole Mallo, Sgt. Eddie King and several other officers attempted to take him outside, Mallo

wrote in the report.

Then came the struggle.

According to the report, police were only able to handcuff Meyer's right hand as he thrashed about, and Sgt. Eddie King gave the order to Taser his left shoulder to cuff that hand. Mallo complied.

At a press conference Tuesday, UF President Bernie Machen announced that King and Mallo were suspended with pay.

According to the report, several officers were bruised, but no one needed medical attention.

King's sunglasses were destroyed and his hat was knocked off, according to King.

The report lists Meyer's fist as his weapon.

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After Meyer was arrested, Mallo wrote that he was "laughing and being lighthearted" when cameras were out of sight.

The report said Meyer asked if cameras would be at the jail.

Mallo wrote that on the way to jail, Meyer told police, "I am not mad at you guys, you didn't do anything wrong, you were just doing your job."

Meyer's lawyer, Robert Griscti, said Monday's incident was not a planned stunt.

Still, Meyer's Web site, which features several homemade videos, political rants and purchasing instructions for an ,89 remote-controlled, color-changing "pimp lamp," has raised suspicions about his diatribe on Monday.

One of Meyer's videotaped sketches features Meyer standing in a street with a sign proclaiming, "Harry Dies," when the last Harry Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," was released in July.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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