Ray Kelly, New York City Police Commissioner
New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was denied the opportunity to speak at Brown University as students shouted him down. Administrators at the school called off his lecture on ‘Proactive Policing in America’s Biggest City’ when the students refused to stop screaming and booing.
About 100 social justice students were there to protest Stop and Frisk and surveillance of Islamists.
The students were asked to reserve their questions and allow him to speak but refused and they said they did it all in the name of free speech!
A protest organizer, Jenny Li, said that the college refused to cancel the lecture so they decided to do it for them.
Ironically and incredibly stupidly, Jenny Li said that the protest was ‘a powerful demonstration of free speech.’ Someone needs to tell me how you can stand up for free speech by depriving someone of free speech and disallowing others from hearing it.
The Brown 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.’