Howard University Protesters Interrupt James Comey Convocation Speech

Howard University student activists interrupted James Comey’s keynote convocation speech there late Friday morning, with protesters alternating between various chants of resistance such as “we shall not be moved” and “Black lives, they matter here!” At the heart of the student protest was the former FBI director’s endorsement of the so-called “Ferguson effect” that would eventually be widely debunked.

The audience made itself heard immediately after Comey started speaking by saying in part, “We are here to reclaim this space,” and “No justice, no peace,” NBC Washington reported.

Before Comey took the stage, students made their defiant, collective presence felt in the hallway outside the auditorium by chanting “Get out James Comey, you ain’t my homie!” Comey would ultimately deliver his address in spite of continuous chanting from the audience.

A number of Black lives were lost under questionable circumstances while Comey led the FBI, including the high-profile killings of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner.

Many of those deaths were recorded on video before they eventually went viral. Comey blamed that trend on the “Ferguson effect,” a reference to the suburban St. Louis community at the center of Brown’s killing by a White police officer.

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