Yale Police Called on Black Student Taking a Nap


Following the Starbucks incident, resulting in two Black men's arrests, a similar one now surfaces at a Yale University dorm, with a Black female graduate and a White student who called the cops on her for napping in their dorm's common room. In the video, Lolade Siyonbola says the student who dropped a dime on her-whom she identified as Sarah Braasch-also called campus police on a friend of hers "a few months ago".

He continued on to say: "Feeling ignored, I went down to the base of the twelfth floor and eleventh floor and turned my back, but she continued to verbally assault me from the twelfth floor claiming that I "didn't belong here" and I was making her 'uncomfortable'".

Kimberly Goff-Crews, Yale's vice president for student life, said in an email to the university community that the officers admonished the student who called 911 that "the other student had every right to be present".

Siyonbola opted to record her interaction with the student and law enforcement officers after the student woke her up and informed her that police had been called.

The incident happened this week on the Ivy League college campus and went viral after the black student, Lolade Siyonbola, posted a 17-minute recording of the encounter she had with police. I'm going to call the police.'"What are people saying about the incident?" I paid tuition like everybody else.

She showed the police she had a key to her dorm and opened her room but the officers requested an identity. There are countless stories of white people summoning the police to harass and arrest people of color who were peacefully shopping, or driving, or sitting in a Starbucks, or sitting in their own auto and reading, or waiting for a bus, or jogging, or walking, or touring a college campus, or renting a house, or nearly any other mundane activity.

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"Why? You just said if I prove that I live here you would leave", she replies.

Since the videos surfaced, Siyonbola said she has received "overwhelming" support. "She then began to interrogating me about my being in HGS", he wrote.

Despite being wakened from sleep, Siyonbola had the presence of mind to record what happened next on Facebook Live and resist police efforts to agree that she wasn't being "harassed".

Yale police Chief Ronnell Higgins issued a statement on Thursday with a full timeline of the response to the call.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean Lynn Cooley sent an email to her grad students Tuesday evening emphasizing the importance of inclusivity and inviting them to share their comments about the matter. I don't feel safe around you.

Cooley called the occurrence a reminder of the work that needs to be done to make Yale a truly inclusive place.