Required Reading: The Ray Kelly Controversy at Brown

Conflict lingers over the Brown community after the protest of NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly's lecture. Here's are some good reads from around the country related to the story. 1. "Proactive …

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Conflict lingers over the Brown community after the protest of NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly's lecture. Here's are some good reads from around the country related to the story.

1. "Proactive Policing in America's Biggest City"

On October 29, NYPD Police commissioner Ray Kelly was scheduled to give a lecture on proactive policing and discuss the effectiveness of the "stop and frisk" policy.

Read and observe data from the NY chapter of the ACLU about this policy here.

2. Stop and frisk protest

Due to objections to the "stop and frisk" policy, Brown students petitioned to have the lecture canceled. Students and community members then decided to take matters into their own hands.

See the original report (plus video) from Huffington Post here.

3. President Paxson's Letter to the Brown Community

On November 6th, President Paxson addressed the Brown community. She says she understands the conflict but goes on to say that no matter how controversial, the expresssion of ideas should always be allowed at Brown.

Read her full letter to Brown here.

4. Students fire back

"I, along with the other students involved, was told I had to sign a confidentiality agreement...Where was Brown’s commitment to the free exchange of ideas here?"

One student, seeminly uninvolved at the time of the protest now finds herself wrapped up in the controversy due to behind-closed-doors protest controversy at Brown.

Read her full letter to President Paxson here.

5. The University investigates

The controversy lingers on as Brown decides it will investigage what happened and potentially discipline the students involved.

Read about the investigation at the Atlantic Wire here.

6. Polls show mixed feelings

A poll conducted by the Brown Daily Herald shows that while most students supported petitioning and protesting the lecture, most did not agree with causing it to be shut down.

See the poll results here.

7. The news goes national

Opinions remain divided and the controversy continues, as national publications offer commentary and analysis.

Read pieces from Slate and The Nation.