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. Throughout the longer video, officers are repeatedly heard justifying their involvement to Siyonbola, claiming their responsibility was to ensure that she "belonged there", and that they were determined to "get to the bottom of this". When she asked them about the complaint, one officer said, "She called us (and) said there's somebody who appeared they weren't ... where they were supposed to be". "I'm going to call the police". Earlier this week, an incident took place in the Hall of Graduate Studies: one student reported another student-a student of color who resides in HGS and thus had every right to be there-to the Yale Police.
"I have every right to call the police, you can not sleep in that room", she warned in the first video recorded by Ms. Siyonbola.
The sleeping woman was identified as Lolade Siyonbola, a graduate student in African studies, who was napping while she was trying to finish a paper, according to footage from two cellphone videos she posted on social media. If the most disturbing thing you've ever walked in on in your common room is a black person sleeping consider yourself lucky. According to The Root: "Braasch is a philosophy Ph.D. candidate who has studied gender and law, according to Yale's website, and who has expressed civil rights and human rights as interests in her LinkedIn".
"We have been dealing with different emotions and you want to laugh about this but it's not amusing". You may think that the think pieces and Black Twitter fame are worth it, but I promise you, we'd much rather not be at risk of being arrested for doing mundane shit. Sarah Braasch, a White student, took time to harass Siyonbola.
A black Yale University graduate student was confronted by campus police late Monday night. Siyonbola, who is black, posted videos of her exchanges with the student and police on Facebook.
The Yale Daily News reports that graduate students received an email Tuesday from Lynn Cooley, the dean of Yale's graduate school of arts and sciences, inviting them to share their concerns about the incident.
Just in the past few weeks, black people in America have been forced to add to the long list of innocuous, every day things they can not do without being subject to police presence.
"We believe the Yale police who responded followed procedures", Tom Conroy, a spokesperson for the university, said Wednesday.
"I am committed to redoubling our efforts to build a supportive community in which all graduate students are empowered in their intellectual pursuits and professional goals within a welcoming environment", she wrote.
"I thought it was very vague", she said.