A longer video of the confrontation between a group of protesters and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly during a Kelly's lecture at Brown University has been released. "You violate our rights every day on the street and you expect us to be civil towards you?" one man shouts at the commissioner.
The video, made by Emily Kassie and the Brown Political Review, shows a coordinated campaign of audience members standing up to interrupt Kelly. "I thought this was the academy, where you're supposed to have free speech?" Kelly wonders aloud.
"It was a total embarrassment to the Brown community and to the Providence community," Lisa Opdycke, a graduate student who attended to speech told us. "I think it was a learning opportunity sabotaged by a small group of students and community members." Opdycke is a student at Brown's Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions, the group that sponsored the event.
"Honestly, from looking at Ray Kelly's face, and the reactions from some of the other Brown officials there, this just pissed people off," Opdycke says. "[Kelly] was literally biting his tongue, because he wasn't in a position to have any authority to say anything."
Opdycke says that the video only shows a portion of the people who showed up for Kelly's lecture, as other overflow rooms contained students and members of the Providence community who were "much more willing to hear Kelly speak," including members of local law enforcement and assistant city solicitor, Kevin McHugh.
"I've been coming to lectures here since 1977 and I've never seen this happen before," McHugh says in the video above. "I'm not sure what he would have said, but it's too bad we couldn't hear it."
Kelly was to speak for roughly 30 minutes, followed by a one-hour Q&A.
Mark Nickel, Brown's interim director for news and communications, declined to indicate if Kelly was given an honorarium for the event. "Endowed lectureships underwrite the costs of bringing University guests to campus and producing all events associated with the visit," Nickel wrote in an email.
NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Public Information John McCarthy emailed us the statement "No honorarium," and declined further comment.
Jenny Li, a Brown student and one of the organizers of the protest, responded to the argument that Kelly should have at least been able to express his views before being buried under an avalanche of dissent: "His voice is loud and clear, and his voice is out there, and he hasn't changed his opinion."
Opdycke, who says she lived in New York for several years and interacted with the NYPD as a crisis counselor at Bellevue Hospital, disagrees.
"I obviously don't agree with stop and frisk, I think it's institutional racism. People were surprised that Kelly agreed to come to Brown, so this was a real opportunity for people's voices to be heard. And they're being further marginalized by these protesters."