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9:34 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Students and Activists Shut Down Lecuture At Brown University

More than 100 Student and community protestors shut down a lecture by New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly at Brown University yesterday afternoon.

Students and community members protest a lecture by New York City's Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
Students and community members protest a lecture by New York City's Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Mario Vega, a Brown student, says he was there to protest the way NYC police have monitored Muslim residents since 9/11.

“I think Ray Kelly’s policies are completely racist and Islamiphobic, and I completely do not support how Brown is paying him to come here and unilaterally impose his doctrine on the people of the University.  That gives the impression that we support it and we don’t," said Vega.

Brown officials canceled the lecture after they were unable to quiet the demonstrators.

In a statement Brown President, Christina Paxson, says the protest was quote “simply unacceptable,” calling it a sad day for the school’s commitment to free speech.

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