While speaking at Howard University on Friday, former FBI Director James Comey was interrupted by protesters who stood and chanted through the entirety of his address.
As soon as James Comey began talking, a group of demonstrators raised their voices and called “No justice, no peace,” “Get out, James Comey! You’re not our homie,” and sang, “We shall not be moved.”
Although Comey asked several times for the protesters to allow him to speak, they continued in their effort until his speech concluded, reported the Washington Post.
“A conversation is where you speak and I listen, and then I speak and you listen, and we go back and forth and back and forth,” Comey said. “And at the end of a conversation, we are both smarter. I am here at Howard to try to get smarter, to try to be useful, to try to have healthy conversations.”
During his tenure with the FBI, Comey notably backed an idea called the "Ferguson Effect," which is the belief that officers are less willing to do their jobs due to fear that they will be videotaped.
Although Comey spoke on this effect and said he heard from officers who were stepping back in fear of showing up in a viral video, then-President Barack Obama disputed this belief.
“We do have to stick with the facts,” President Obama told police chiefs November 2015 after Comey made his arguments about the effect, as reported by The Hill. “What we can't do is cherry-pick data or use anecdotal evidence to drive policy or to feed political agendas.”
Additionally, Comey led FBI surveillance of Black Lives Matter activists and leaders while directing the agency.
Comey is set to lead a lecture series at Howard University this year, according to the Washington Post.