Lolade Siyonbola's name was misspelled in the school's system, leading to the lengthy interrogation.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A white woman at Yale called police on a black graduate student who had fallen asleep in a common area of her campus residence.
During one of Siyonbola's videos, one officer can be heard saying: "She called us, said there's somebody who appeared they weren't. where they were supposed to be". So the incident has become the latest in which minority individuals are subjected to the police for behavior that goes unnoticed when white people do it.
An officer in the video said the investigation into her status as a student was "protocol".
"I really don't know if there's a justification for you actually being in the building, " she said to the officers, after establishing her enrollment. I paid tuition like everybody else.
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Police arrived and questioned Siyonbola, who gave them her ID and showed them the keys to her apartment. Viewers see Siyonbola go back and forth with White officers before having a terse exchange with a Black policeman, according to AOL News. She said they were planning "listening sessions" with the Yale community and encouraged students to share their thoughts.
"Grateful for all the love, kind words and prayers, your support has been overwhelming", Siyonbola wrote on Facebook Tuesday. This incident and others recently reported to me underscore that we have work to do to make Yale not only excellent but also inclusive. So she wasn't shocked by Siyonbola's treatment.
When they asked for Siyonbola's ID, she said "I deserve to be here". Siyonbola's computer, books, notebooks, a blanket and a pillow were in the common room with her, the police reported.
This "person" called the cops on my friend a few months ago for getting lost in my building.
Three black filmmakers, one of whom is Bob Marley's granddaughter, got the police called on them when they were leaving their Air B n B. What showed up were seven police cars and a helicopter. "The assumption is, if you're white and you're dressed preppy, you're a Yale student".
Without publicly apologizing or even admitting error, Yale's graduate school dean, Lynn Cooley, stated in a community email message that sne's "committed to redoubling our efforts to build a supportive community".
Yale police Chief Ronnell Higgins did not respond Wednesday to a request for comment. "For them to feel safe and to belong - I feel there's still so many obstacles to that".