NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly paid a visit today to the SIPA class that David Dinkins currently teaches at Columbia University, and Bwog reports that Kelly was thoroughly heckled (by an NYU saboteur!). But don't worry, the Commish thinks those protesters are just adorable.

Kelly was taking questions from the class

When a student pulled out a projector and began to screen images of police officers beating civilians on the wall behind Kelly. “We’d like to offer an alternative version,” one slide read. People started shifting awkwardly in their chairs, then shifting much more awkwardly when the student turned the projector around so that the film was facing Kelly as he continued to speak. 

This student stood up and called for Kelly’s resignation. “Are you serious, Kelly?” he asked. “Resign now.” Professor Dinkins sprung up from his chair and instructed the young man to “take it easy.” Several students asked if he was even registered for the course. “No, I go to NYU,” he said. A groan went up and students began asking him to leave.

“Well, this is very intimidating,” Kelly said, grinning.

HAHA it's gonna take a lot more than some Final Cut Pro magic from Occupy Wall Street to rattle 'ole Ray. This is the video in question, which shows a variety of questionable NYPD behavior over the last few months.

A few minutes later, another student asked Kelly why most people who are arrested are incarcerated for “drug crimes.” Dinkins said he didn’t understand the question, and things got confrontational between the student, Kelly, and Dinkins pretty quickly. The student’s SIPA colleagues were not pleased—a few students and a TA asked if she was registered for the class. “No,” she said, “but I do have a question.”

Commissioner Kelly, still grinning, leaned over to another guest for today’s class, New York District Attorney Cy Vance, and loudly whispered, “Says something about the security of this school, doesn’t it?”

Kelly got a round of applause as he left the class.

What, no DSK questions for Vance? One commenter on the story cheers Projector Man: "bravo to the nyu student who stood up and did what all of the frat bros in that class were too scared/numbed to do." Another notes that Kelly in fact instructed "the entire police force to NOT issue any arrests for marijuana possession. These protestors are protesting the wrong guy."

While it's rude to interrupt class (unless you're playing a sexxxy saxophone) it's certainly refreshing when a major public figure is confronted outside the confines of a TV studio and where "no comments" are meaningless. And did he really deserve a "round of applause?" We're looking forward to the video.