Welcome to your modern American college campus.

Where the biggest mouths — almost always left-wing — shout down and shut down voices they don’t like.

Today it was NYC Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. Prior to his appearance on campus, there was a petition drive demanding cancellation:

1) We demand that the lecture be cancelled.
2) We demand that the honorarium set aside for the lecture be donated to organizations working to end racial profiling and police brutality in Providence and in New York City.
3) We demand transparency in the Taubman Center for Public Policy’s decision-making process for inviting speakers to campus.

According to the Brown Daily Herald, protesters against the NYC stop and frisk policy disrupted and caused the talk to end after just 30 minutes.

The feature image above was posted to Facebook and shows protesters outside the building where the speech was to be held. Protesters were encouraged by protest organizers to “Bring Drums.”

Inside the auditorium there was loud shouting until the event was closed.

When a Brown administrator asked the crowd to allow Kelly to speak, she was shouted down:


New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly’s talk at Brown University abruptly ended after students constantly disrupted Kelly for nearly 30 minutes.

About 200 students and social justice activist protested outside the lecture hall before the talk was scheduled to begin.

“He should know what he has done, its wrong” said Brown University Junior Esteban Roncancio. “I’m sure he got the message” he added.

Kelly was scheduled to give a lecture titled “Proactive Policing in America’s Biggest City.” However the students didn’t even want him at Brown.

Kelly left the event without comment.

Brown University issued the following statement:

Dear Members of the Brown Community,

Earlier today, a public lecture and opportunity for questions and answers with New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, hosted by the Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions, was prevented from taking place. Some students and members of the local community in the auditorium disrupted the lecture through shouting, persistent interruption, and coordinated chants to the point that University officials had no choice but to declare the event over.

This is a sad day for the Brown community. 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….

Don’t think for a second that this is an isolated incident.  Here are just some of the disruptions we have covered at College Insurrection:


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