A new video from the Brown Political Review gives an inside look at why the university was forced to cancelled a planned speech yesterday from NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.
Brown University President Christina H. Paxson called the need to cancel Kelly’s speech “a sad day for the Brown community” in an open letter, writing:
I appreciate that some members of our community objected to the views of our invited speaker. However, our University is — above all else — about the free exchange of ideas. Nothing is more antithetical to that value than preventing someone from speaking and other members of the community from hearing that speech and challenging it vigorously in a robust yet civil manner.
The video captures the protestors — who appear to be a mix of Brown students and local Providence, Rhode Island residents — as they rallied on-campus before Kelly’s lecture and inside the speech itself, as they continually spoke over the NYPD head. The video also shows several audience members’ discomfort with the protests.
Check out the video below, via Brown Political Review the speech starts at about 2 minutes:
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