UF Student Body President Reaches Agreement from Spring Break Arrest


William Smith Meyers, known on the University of Florida campus as Smith Meyers, received 12 months of court-ordered supervision and must pay about $300 for his alleged behavior while on spring break.

Key West Police charged the student body president with criminal mischief after officers said he kicked over two motorcycles while intoxicated on March 7. In a May 25 pre-trial intervention agreement, the state agreed to drop the prosecution if Meyers completes 12 months of probation, pays $300, performs 100 hours of community service, submits to substance abuse evaluation and treatment and does not consume or possess alcohol for 12 months.

Meyers on March 12 told The Alligator he would “be as transparent as possible as the case continues.” He did not return a call from WUFT News on Wednesday seeking comment about the agreement.

Several student protests calling for his resignation transpired after Key West Police released body cam footage from the arrest:

(Caution: a witness on scene used profanity, some of which can be heard within.)

The footage includes:

  • 0:30 of the video — Officer asking Meyers where he goes to school.
  • 3:00 — Additional officer’s body cam footage begins.
  • 10:05 — Meyers asks why he’s being detained.
  • 14:50 — The arrest is made.

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Christina is a reporter for WUFT News and can be contacted by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.

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