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Brown May Penalize Students Who Shouted Down NYPD’s Kelly

Nov. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Brown University will investigate and may penalize students who disrupted a speech by New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly last month, forcing the school to cancel the event.

Christina Paxson, Brown’s president, will appoint a faculty and student committee to recommend how to improve planning for such events. After the review is complete, the Providence, Rhode Island-based school will determine whether individuals or organizations violated a code of conduct by shouting down the police commissioner to protest the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy.

“Not only was Commissioner Kelly denied the opportunity to speak, but members of our community were denied the opportunity to challenge him,” Paxson said in the letter today addressed to university alumni and friends. “Many students and other community members who strongly oppose policies and initiatives of the New York City Police Department were prepared to present their perspectives and arguments.”

Kelly, the outgoing police chief, was to set to deliver a 20-minute speech on Oct. 29 entitled “Proactive Policing in America’s Biggest City,” followed by 40 minutes of questions and answers. Instead the campus auditorium was cleared after almost a half hour of shouting and interruptions that made it impossible for the lecture to take place.

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To contact the editor responsible for this story: Lisa Wolfson at

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