Former FBI chief James Comey interrupted by protesters

Former FBI Director James Comey was repeatedly interrupted by protesters during his convocation address at Howard University in Washington, D.C., today.

Students in the upper level of the university's auditorium chanted slogans as Comey stood at the lectern.

Some of the slogans included "We shall not be moved," "I love being black" and "No justice, no peace, no racist police."

Comey told the protesters, "I hope you'll stay and listen to what I have to say. I've listened to you for five minutes."

The protesting continued, and at one point Comey said, "Can we give this another shot?"

The event was live-streamed on the Howard University website, but the feed was interrupted after several minutes.

Howard freshman D'ante Miller told ABC News she was unhappy that Comey was invited to speak at the school.

"There's no reason he should be here. He's not welcome here," she said. "We have so many other people that could have come here and talked about the black experience ... to bring him here felt like a spit in the face."

But not everyone agreed with that sentiment.

"I thought today was a lack of respect, not only to Director Comey, but to our university," Jordan Jean, a senior majoring in political science, told ABC News.

Added junior Adam Cooper, "It was really embarrassing, honestly."

Comey was fired from his position as the head of the FBI in May by President Donald Trump.

Today's address for members of Howard University's class of 2021 marks the beginning of Comey's tenure as an endowed chair in public policy at the historically black university. The position comes with a compensation of $100,000, which Comey said he will donate to a scholarship fund for students who formerly lived in foster homes.
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