Student Protester Surprises NYPD Commissioner With Police Brutality Slideshow, Calls on Him to Resign

A college student had an uncomfortable surprise for NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly during his Tuesday night visit to Columbia University. Kelly was visiting a class taught by former New York Mayor David Dinkins when a student-protester (who said he was from NYU) whipped out a projector loaded with a film showing images of police brutality against protesters, which he projected on the wall behind Kelly.

As Columbia's Bwog reported, it was an "awkward moment":

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. Kelly ignored the film, finished answering his question and called on another student, who was interrupted by a young man reading a textbook about military history.

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.

The NYU student stood up, got his coat and textbook, told the class he’d been arrested three times for “freedom of speech on this land,” and walked out the door.

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. 

Kelly ended up leaving the class half an hour early.


AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at December 1, 2011, 3:25am