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Protesters bring Commissioner Ray Kelly’s lecture to an end

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By Gilannie Pangburn

Twitter: @gilanniej05

Tuesday afternoon protesters forced Brown University officials to end a lecture given by NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Commissioner Kelly came to Brown to deliver a lecture called "Proactive policing in America's biggest city" but it quickly came to end after more than 100 students and social justice activists began a protest because of the departments controversial "stop and frisk" policy as well it's surveillance of Muslims.

Brown officials asked protestors to wait until after the lecture to lodge their complaints, when they refused to cooperated officials pulled the plug on the lecture.

A spokesperson for Brown University released a statement: 

"The actions that led to the closing of this afternoon's lecture prevented any exchange of ideas and deprived the campus and the Providence community of an opportunity to hear and discuss important social issues," said Brown University President Christina H. Paxson. "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 dialog and the free exchange of views."

Full text of Brown University's statement:


Photo Courtesy: Greg Jordan Detamore / The Brown Daily Herald


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