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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

I was present for Meyer's incident and have to say that the police were 100 percent right in their actions. He was acting extremely aggressive and being very loud and disruptive, growing angry right from the beginning. He seemed to be almost provoking the officers as well. This was not in any way an issue of free speech. Mr. Meyer was not Tasered because of anything that he said. He was Tasered because he was violently resisting arrest. Contrary to rumors, he was not handcuffed while being Tasered. He was Tasered so he could be handcuffed. He was also given repeated warnings that if he did not calm down and comply with the officers, he would be Tasered.

I was nervous during the incident, not knowing whether or not Meyer might be armed. He was acting very aggressively, and in today's post-Sept. 11 world, we cannot simply assume someone is unarmed, especially in that situation.

The auditorium was very full and has few exits. The officers were only trying to protect the people in that auditorium, and as one of them, I am thankful.

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