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NYC top cop Kelly shouted down at Brown University

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:55 a.m. HST, Oct 30, 2013

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was shouted down by protesters at Brown University, forcing administrators at the Ivy League school to call off his lecture on "Proactive Policing in America's Biggest City."

More than 100 students and social justice activists turned out Tuesday to protest the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy and its surveillance of Muslims. Many of them began shouting and chanting inside the lecture hall as the event began.

Brown officials asked protesters to allow Kelly to speak and reserve their comments until a question-and-answer session. When the shouting continued, the hall was cleared.

Students opposed to Kelly's visit first petitioned the university to cancel the lecture, said Jenny Li, a Brown student who helped organize the protest.

When the university did not cancel the event, "we decided to cancel it for them," Yi said. She called the protest "a powerful demonstration of free speech."

Brown University President Christina Paxson said the protest "deprived the campus and the Providence community of an opportunity to hear and discuss important social issues."

"The conduct of disruptive members of the audience is indefensible and an affront both to civil democratic society and to the university's core values of dialogue and the free exchange of views," Paxson said in a statement.

Paxton said in a letter to the university community she will "convey my deepest regret" to Kelly and convene a campus forum "to discuss our values and expectations as a community."

A federal judge recently ruled the department's stop-and-frisk policy violated the civil rights of minorities. The city is appealing the decision."

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onevoice82 wrote:
For the students who participated in the obnoxious protest " we should end their education for them"! Their so called "powerful demonstration of free speech" interrupted the speakers "free speech". Pimply faced adolescent jack wagons should be publicly frisked and then spanked!
on October 30,2013 | 05:29AM
Grimbold wrote:
Liberal crime coddlers all over can scream their heads off. But he policy of frisking is good. After all the majority of black youths are involved with law breaking and most crimes never get punished when the hands of police are tied. .
on October 30,2013 | 05:40AM
kainalu wrote:
You haven't moved to Iran yet? A country that better fits your ignorant intolerant views.
on October 30,2013 | 09:16AM
BluesBreaker wrote:
What you call "crime coddling" others refer to as civil liberties.
on October 30,2013 | 09:46AM
Grimbold wrote:
I hate the use of the word "minorities" . In their barrios they are majorities and in crime committing too. Their ethnicity is obvious and its not the Orientals, but .. You can't even name them out of political correctness.
on October 30,2013 | 05:44AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
"The majority of black youth are involved in crime" "Orientals" and "barrios", Hate to tell you this, but you are a racist.
on October 30,2013 | 06:40AM
Lightfoot wrote:
No "FREE SPEECH" for Commissioner Kelly. It is getting obvious that the liberals aren't very liberal at all. They want to dictate who we should and should not listen to. That's what they've done in this situation.
on October 30,2013 | 06:39AM
mrluke wrote:
It's becoming quite common. Liberals and activists are becoming nothing but thugs who will do whatever it takes to keep an opposing view from being heard. Their playbook says to shout down whomever you cannot intelligently debate.
on October 30,2013 | 07:46AM
Usagi336 wrote:
Exactly. Protest for the right of Free Speech by not giving the Commissioner the same right. They obviously believe that hypocrisy is they're right too.
on October 30,2013 | 08:25AM
flaco1999 wrote:
Only in leftist slums like Brown University can Nazi tactics which shut down the free speech of an invited guest be termed "a powerful demonstration of free speech.
on October 30,2013 | 07:51AM
mrluke wrote:
Jenny Li sounds like she'll grow up to be of those homely old maids who works for the ACLU.
on October 30,2013 | 08:03AM
SueH wrote:
Well said, flaco1999.
on October 30,2013 | 09:16AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
The university should take disciplinary action against those student ringleaders who instigated this disruption....apparently these students believed that freedom of speech only applies to them and not for people who don't have the same views....
on October 30,2013 | 08:16AM
blkdrgn wrote:
She called the protest "a powerful demonstration of free speech." - Ironic, they didn't let him speak.
on October 30,2013 | 09:13AM
BluesBreaker wrote:
New York has long been known for police brutality. Under Kelly, and with help from the Obama administration, the department has become increasingly militarized. The cop on the beat is changing into a storm trooper in special forces riot gear to deal with minorities, muslims and OWS protestors.
on October 30,2013 | 09:45AM
mrluke wrote:
You had your say, uninterrupted! Now, why couldn't those clowns at Brown have given him the same opportunity? Were they afraid or words??
on October 30,2013 | 06:50PM
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