Professor, recruiter face off at UMass
- Eyewitnesses said the recruiter told adjunct professor Tony Van Der Meer and a student that they should be shot in the head for their antiwar views.
Of course, it was the professor and not the man who uttered the death threat who was arrested by police:
- As the guardsmen packed up their literature and began to leave, Van Der Meer walked into the lobby. It's unclear what happened next, but a half-dozen students and Van Der Meer later said that one of the four guardsmen turned to Naro and the professor and said: ''You should be shot in the head.''
''No. You should be shot in the head,'' replied Van Der Meer, according to Shauntell Foster, a senior and a student of Van Der Meer's. Students Theresa Myrthil and Bethanie Petitfrere said they also watched the confrontation.
According to the police report, which did not record their words, the men were screaming at each other, nose-to-nose. An officer stepped between them.
The students said Van Der Meer never raised his hands or threatened the officer, and that the officer attacked Van Der Meer. In his report, the officer said Van Der Meer shoved him in the chest and told him to ''get out of my [expletive] face,'' and then elbowed him in the chest.
Three UMass-Boston police officers tackled Van Der Meer and wrestled him to the ground, several students said.
This is, unfortunately, consistent with police behavior in other situations in which "pro-war" protesters have threatened violence.