03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Student Tasered At Kerry Event Was, Naturally, A Journalist

Video of police Tasering a persistent questioner of Sen. John Kerry became an Internet and TV sensation Tuesday, generating fierce debate about free speech and the motives of the college student involved -- a known prankster who often posts practical jokes online.

He was also, it turns out, a student journalist who has had articles published in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

University of Florida President Bernie Machen said Monday's takedown, in which the student loudly yelled, "Don't Tase me, bro!" was "regretful." He asked for a state probe of campus police actions and placed two officers on leave.