Brown Cancels Speech by NYPD’s Kelly as Students Disrupt Event
The auditorium on the campus of the Providence, Rhode Island, Ivy League school was cleared after almost a half hour of shouting and interruptions that made it impossible for the lecture to take place, the university said in a statement late yesterday. Kelly was to deliver a speech entitled “Proactive Policing in America’s Biggest City.”
“Not only was Commissioner Kelly denied the right to speak, members of our community were denied their right to challenge him,” Brown President Christina Paxson said in a letter to students, faculty, staff and alumni. “That is unfair to everyone involved and disrespectful to the rights we all embrace and should be vigilant in upholding as members of an academic community.”
Paxson called it a “sad day” for the Brown community.
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