New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was supposed to speak at Brown University yesterday but instead he was heckled.
After almost 30 minutes of screaming, school officials canceled the speech. The students were protesting the NYPD's stop-and-frisk tactics in which critics say police officers racially profile people.
Brown's president says the conduct is "indefensible," but the hecklers, argue it's free speech.
Outfront: Mediaite's Joe Concha and Filmmaker Safiya Songhai.
I'd disagree with Mr. Concha on this one. Most of us are EQUALLY detestable in our Facebook posts as we are in our anonymous blog comments.
Erin, I listened to your video and was perplexed. You said that you thought civility was gone in the younger generation. I don't think thats accurate. What is gone is patience. But they seem to be the only people realizing its time for this to stop. Kelly may have done a good job reducing crime in NYC, but at what cost? What rights are you willing to give up for safety? I can make that city the safest city in the world ,but you are not going to like it. The students wouldn't let him speak, because they don't want to hear what he has to say. They just wanted him to know that the time had come for him to start listening. And for that I applaud them. We need more of that in NYC.
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