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Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Meyer released from jail, Machen responds to Tasing incident

Andrew Meyer, the UF student who was Tasered and arrested by University Police Department officers Monday, was released from jail about 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Meyer, a telecommunication senior, spent the night in jail but was in good spirits, said Robert Griscti, Meyer?s lawyer.

Griscti said Meyer and his family are very surprised at the UPD officers? actions and do not think Taser use was appropriate.

He said UPD has not attempted to communicate with the family.

Aside from some minor traffic violations, Meyer has had no run-ins with the law, Griscti said, adding that the pair would fight for complete dismissal of the charges.

Meyer left jail around noon with his parents and lawyer.

During a press conference Tuesday afternoon, UF President Bernie Machen said he had not talked to Meyer or his family, but would be willing if they wanted to.

Machen announced five actions UF is taking in response to the incident.

UF will ask the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to conduct an investigation of the appropriateness of Taser use.

Two officers, Eddie King and Nicole Mallo, have been placed on paid administrative leave.

UF will also create a panel of faculty and students to review campus safety protocols.

UF administrators and UPD officers will conduct an internal investigation of the police department.

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Finally, the State Attorney?s Office will decide whether to go forward with the charges.

Machen said there has been no mention of possible charges against UF or UPD.

Jack Thompson, a first amendment lawyer from Coral Gables, said he thinks Meyer would have a case against the officers.

BAnybody with a brain who?s involved in prosecution will say, 'We made a big freakin? mistake? and pray to God he doesn?t turn around and sue for what they did to him,C Thompson said.

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