Brown University President Christina Paxson has created a task force after protesters forced New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to halt a lecture.
During his talk on October 29th, protesters repeatedly heckled Kelly, forcing university officials to clear the lecture hall and cancel Kelly's talk. In a letter to the Brown community, Paxon says she is concerned that the protest disrupted the free exchange of ideas at the university.
Brown University had to cancel New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s lecture yesterday, after protesters refused to let him speak. More than 100 students and activists turned out for the talk, and began shouting at Kelly as he tried to speak.
Brown officials told the protesters to wait for a question and answer session at the end of Kelly's talk, but they refused to quiet down. After nearly 30 minutes, Brown officials say they made the decision to clear the lecture hall.
More than 100 Student and community protestors shut down a lecture by New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly at Brown University yesterday afternoon.
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.