Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Police called after black student falls asleep in her Yale dorm

Police called after black student falls asleep in her Yale dorm

That friend, Reneson Jean-Louis, posted a lengthy Facebook post on Tuesday describing in detail what he says occurred when he encountered Braasch in February.

She didn't have to do anything to prove that she was justified in being there, just because she happened to be black.

Siyonbola told the officer in one video that, "I deserve to be here". The student told Siyonbola she wasn't supposed to be there and said she was going to call police. A Black woman student had campus police called on her after a fellow white student called the cops on her.

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.

Siyonbola had been working on a paper in the Hall of Graduate Studies at the CT university and fell asleep.

Several officers responded to the call.

What followed was a racially-tinged, police-involved dispute between neighbors that aired lived on Facebook - then spread. "I don't remember receiving any sort of apology or anything from her the first time, and this time the email that she sent was very vague, just not decisive, it just wasn't direct with what the actual issues are", Siyonbola said.

"I have every right to call the police", Braasch can be seen telling Siyanbola.

"I was sleeping in the common room and [Braasch] comes in and turns the lights on and was like, 'Why are you sleeping here?"

"You're making me uncomfortable".

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At another, an officer who identifies himself as a supervisor says, "We determine who is allowed to be here or who's not allowed to be here, regardless of whether you feel you're allowed to be here or not".

Ultimately, but unhappily, Siyonbola relented.

Neither Siyonbola nor Yale immediately responded to emails requesting comment.

Additionally, Lolade Siyonbola, a 34-year-old Black student earning her master's in African studies camped out in the common area Monday night (May 7), working on a "marathon of papers;" however, around 1:30 AM on Tuesday, she awoke to someone asking: "Is there someone in here?"

Um, so maybe haul this Braasch woman in and explain it to her? On Monday night, she chose to take a nap.

The woman took photos of Ms Siyonbola, and said: "I have every right to call the police, you can not sleep in my room". She said they were planning "listening sessions" with the Yale community and encouraged students to share their thoughts.

"Her graduating with two summa cum laude engineering degrees from the University of Minnesota, Sarah's path wound its way into a career in the boutique hotel industry in LA and Miami".

The incident was live-streamed into two videos, Siyonbola's interaction with Braasch and later with the police.

Since the videos surfaced, Siyonbola said she has received "overwhelming" support.

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