Dozens of Howard University students chanted and sang in protest as former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyCountering the ongoing Republican delusion How Biden should sell his infrastructure bill 'Finally, infrastructure week!': White House celebrates T bill MORE delivered an address at the school Friday.

As Comey took the stage at the historically black university, scores of students stood and sang "We Shall Not Be Moved," and later chanted phrases like "Get out James Comey, you're not our homie" and "No justice, no peace."


Comey angered some minority leaders when he made comments in the past suggesting that less aggressive policing led to increased crime in some cities. 

That notion — sometimes called the "Ferguson effect" after the 2014 shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. — holds that police have been less aggressive in confronting suspects out of fear of facing increased scrutiny. 

Comey voiced concern last year that that fear of scrutiny had made police officers' jobs more difficult. 

Comey served as the nation's top cop from 2013 until President Trump abruptly fired him in May. The phrase "Comey is my homie" became popular on social media as a way to show solidarity with Comey over the dismissal.

In his speech at Howard, Comey addressed the protesters in a speech about what it's like in "the real world."

“The rest of the real world is a place where it’s hard sometimes to find people who will listen with an attitude that they might actually be convinced of something,” he said, according to Reuters

“Instead, what happens in most of the real world — and about four rows in this auditorium — is that people don’t listen at all," he continued. "They just try to figure out what rebuttal they’re going to offer when you’re done speaking.”

This post was updated at 1:15 p.m.