Ray Kelly Heckled at Columbia Class by Protesters

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Things seem to have gone off the rails in former mayor David Dinkins's urban public policy class at Columbia tonight, where Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was the visiting guest along with federal judge George Daniels and Manhattan D.A. Cy Vance Jr. According to Bwog, Kelly was speaking when students started projecting photos of cops beating protesters on the screen behind him. The projection was then turned around to face Kelly:

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.

Goodness. It gets more awkward: another student asked Kelly about drug arrests, "and things got confrontational between the student, Kelly, and Dinkins pretty quickly." It turned out that that student was not registered for the class, at which point Kelly leaned over to Cy Vance and stage-whispered "Says something about the security of this school, doesn't it?" Bwog says Kelly got a round of applause when he left class 30 minutes before the end.

Democracy Now! reporter Ryan Devereaux was on the scene and tweeting about it:

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aubriee
aubriee

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Christopher Callihan
Christopher Callihan

According to right-wing morality, the successful are by definition the moral; the one percent are taken to be the most moral. The country and the world should be ruled by such a "moral" hierarchy. Except for national security, the Public should disappear through lack of funding. The nation and the world should be ruled for private profit alone - and by force.

Fred Hampton
Fred Hampton

FUCK RAY KELLY.

Popeye ain't nothing but a pocket Himmler to Bloomberg's Hitler

RIP Sean Bell

TRUTH 101
TRUTH 101

Real teachers and real students? What about real civil liberties of the American peoples. We will soon become realistic in our knowledge of what a totalitarian corrupt evil nation that we are living in! Starting from the bottom up. A nation of low people in high places incapale of understanding  the rules of civilized civil law. Ray Kelly is the true embellishment of what is wrong with our society! Roman style departmentalized  corruption that has it's foul hands in all sectors of our societies  problems for profit. The people need to speak loud, speak the truyh, and speak it freely while we still have the chance. It is apparent opportunity is being carried away from us one at a time! It was taken away from Conor Tomas Reed, tomorrow Me, then you'll be next in line for what ever forcible methodical development that thier power hungry minds bequeath. Oh our dear democracy is in hideous jeopardy. Open wide thy eyes my brothers and sisters. What they did to Christ, 2000 years ago. They are doing to us today. Suffocating, smothering, holding back, inhibiting our protests of truth for a better tomorrow. Mr. Jekyll was heckled. Virtuoso divino!

AL GOMA
AL GOMA

Anarchist A-holes Are Running Amok! 

Sancho Panza
Sancho Panza

In the days when Columbia cared about its reputation, it strictly maintained its classes and classrooms. Of course, then it had real teachers who knew their real students.

Guest
Guest

The comment about security was a low-blow dig at an old political foe.Head of Columbia Security = former NYPD cop forced out by bs politics. More good NYPD cops have left to join him at Columbia

From nypdconfidential

Up and out. Deputy Chief Jim McShane has called it quits after 24 years in the NYPD, a victim of departmental politics and pettiness.

A lawyer and a teacher, McShane was considered a rising star until 1996 when, as an inspector, he had the misfortune of organizing the retirement dinner of First Deputy John Timoney. Timoney, in a moment of blinding clarity, passed over for police commissioner by then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani for Howard Safir, had called Safir a "lightweight."

A few months after Timoney's remark and shortly before the dinner, Safir took his revenge. He transferred McShane from the first deputy's office to Manhattan South Narcotics and then to the Traffic Division. He was buried there for the next four years.

When Kelly became commissioner in 2002, he promoted McShane - who had worked for Kelly in 1992 and '93 when he was commissioner - to deputy chief. But he kept him in traffic another year.

Last year, Kelly transferred McShane back to Manhattan South Narcotics as executive officer, or No. 2 man. But it was never the same for McShane, whose rehabilitation was too little, too late, observers say. Said a former ranking official: "Here is a case of a man's ability being underutilized."

McShane's new job is assistant vice president for public safety at Columbia University.

NESHAMA
NESHAMA

And the so called right-wing morality 2000 years ago were the pimps who had Christ killed ,  for they were the abomination in thier day. That is what outraged and was so insulting unto HIS divine inborn character! They were the pimps of the fallen whore. For ten % of your money went to the whore's house. That was not the ancient Jewish mystical traditions and rituals. That is for what reason, cause, and purpose that not one stone lay upon the other. So HE for told them  of what was to come of thier ill deeds! And see in these days that is to come of the false teachers of greed and deceive our LOVING FATHER'S CHILDREN. GOD loves all of his creation. Not that of Shylock's doings.

Idaho5398
Idaho5398

I'm a little confused by your prose and references to the past.  Could you be a bit more clear?   I'm serious.

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