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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

When I saw the aftermath of the police Taser incident, I thought to myself, something is not right. Why has this occurrence become such a huge cause to fight for? Why is this student getting all this attention?

The marching, the protests and the written complaints - for what? Students across UF are upset because our freedom of speech seems to have been attacked by the police. And now they are our enemies.

I do not remember as much fire being stirred in the hearts of students against alcohol abuse when a police officer was killed last spring by a drunken driver. These issues threaten our most fundamental right: our right to life. Where were the marches, the protests and the written complaints? Maybe the cops were wrong when they Tasered that young man, but does this give us leave to forget the sacrifices the police make to ensure our safety?

If anything good comes out of the graffiti on the 34th Street Wall tribute to the slain officer, it would be a very important reminder: Fight for the things that matter most.

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