NY Top Cop Ray Kelly Booed From Brown Univ. Stage

Above: A member of the audience speaks before at what was to be a lecture by New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly at Brown’s Taubman Center for Public Policy Tuesday. Kelly spoke for only a minute or so, before being interrupted by protesters inside the lecture hall. He left 20 minutes later without speaking. THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL / STEVE SZYDLOWSKI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — New York’s police commissioner Raymond Kelly was booed off the stage at Brown University and did not get to speak Tuesday afternoon.

New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly with Providence Commissioner of
Public Safety Steven M. Paré Tuesday at Brown’s Taubman Center for Public Policy. Kelly was able to speak for only a minute or so, before being interrupted by protesters inside the lecture hall. He left 20 minutes later without speaking. THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL / STEVE SZYDLOWSKI

Kelly was to deliver a lecture Tuesday at Brown on “proactive policing.”

Kelly was to discuss his time as head of the New York Police Department and his efforts to drive down crime in a lecture called “Proactive Policing in America’s Biggest City” on Tuesday afternoon.

Students protest outside of Ray Kelly speech at Brown University. THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL / STEVE SZYDLOWSKI

Before the lecture, some students and social justice activists marched, carrying signs that stated “Stop & frisk doesn’t stop crime” and “Stop police brutality,” to protest the Kelly’s police department’s stop-and-frisk policy and its surveillance of Muslims.

Protesters at Brown opposed racist police practices of Stop and Frisk and spying on Muslims. THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL / STEVE SZYDLOWSKI

The department is fighting lawsuits alleging it has engaged in racial profiling while fighting crime. Kelly and Mayor Mike Bloomberg have denied the accusations.

Students protested outside and inside they booed Ray Kelly off the stage. THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL / STEVE SZYDLOWSKI

The lecture is sponsored by the Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions. The students planning the protest had called for Brown to cancel it.

– with reports from Steve Szydlowski, Journal photographer, and the Associated Press