VIDEO: Yale Police Slammed After Call To Sleeping Black Girl, Now Truth Is Out

Yale released the truth about the viral encounter.

New Haven, CT - The Yale University police officers who responded to a dormitory for a call about a black graduate student napping in a common room actually admonished the student who had called the police, according to university administrators on Thursday.

This counters the claims of racial harassment that sprung up after video of the encounter went viral (video below.)

Yale University Vice President for Student Life Kimberly Goff-Crews said the officers told the woman who had called police to complain about the napping student that the woman had every right to be there, the Star Tribune reported.

The officers who responded to the student’s emergency call on Monday night became the recipients of intense criticism after 34-year-old Lolade Siyonbola sparked outrage by posting two videos on social media that showed officers interviewing her as she claimed that she’d been racially profiled, ABC News reported.

The incident began when a woman turned on the lights in her dormitory’s common room and found Siyonbola asleep on the couch on May 7. Then she called the university police and said the woman didn't belong there.

When the police arrived, Siyonbola began streaming her interaction with them on Facebook Live.

Siyonbola, a graduate student in African American Studies, told police she had fallen asleep while she was writing a paper, and had been awakened by the woman she described as having mental problems, the video showed.

She told them the same woman had called police on another classmate recently when she’d found him in a stairwell.

The video showed police asking Siyonbola for her ID, and the woman argued with them about whether she had to give it to them.

"I deserve to be here. I pay tuition like everybody else," Siyonbola told officers in the video as she drew out the encounter for 15 minutes. "I'm not going to justify my existence here.”

When she finally gave them her ID, it came up as expired when the dispatcher checked it because she didn't use her real name on her ID.

Apparently, students can put whatever name they prefer on their actual IDs but then it doesn’t match what’s in the system when officers try to run it, Yale University told ABC News in a statement.

The woman remained uncooperative throughout her entire interaction with the officers, even after they had repeatedly explained to her that they were just making sure that she was actually a student at the university.

She told them she was trying to decide whether she wanted to show them her identification.

"I really don't know if there's a justification for you actually being in the building," she told the officers.

"We're in a Yale building and we need to make sure that you belong here," an officer told her.

In the video, Siyonbola complained about how long the officers were taking to confirm her identity, and an officer pointed out that she wasn’t being very helpful.

“You wouldn’t be either if you were woken up and you were harassed,” she told the officer.

The officer, who identified himself as a supervisor on the video, tried to explain that Siyonbola had told them that she and the woman hadn’t had any kind of actual verbal altercation; therefore, no actual harassment had occurred.

In the video, Siyonbola repeatedly told officers that the woman who had called the police on her had a track record of similar behavior and serious mental problems.

The supervising officer assured the angry graduate student that he would make the dean aware of the situation.

Lynn Cooley, the dean of Yale's graduate school of arts and sciences, sent an email to students on Tuesday that said the school needed to work on becoming a “truly inclusive place.”

In her email, the dean wrote that she was "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."

Yale University told ABC News that they were reviewing the telephone call to campus police and the officers’ response.

Police "are trained on unconscious bias, de-escalation techniques, and problem solving, and seek to treat each individual with respect," the university’s statement read.

Watch the Yale police check Siyonbola’s ID in the video below:

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ShelbyCole
ShelbyCole

Nobody is blaming the police, she was a bit frustrated, but she did hand over her id, she just legitimately posed a question, "should i give it or not" will any furtive movt be considered as a threat?

Everybody all over the internet is blaming the 43yr old Full time student White woman for having a track record of doing this.

Her name is Sarah Braasch.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

According to this article, how exactly is this woman's claim of racial profiling incorrect because the school rightfully admonished the crazy caller?

This student was definitely racially profiled. She knew calling the cops would put this woman in a totally unwarranted situation, because that's what bitter whites do (unbunch your panties; not all whites act like this, but enough do).

She decided to skip right over the RA and go straight to police. She knew exactly what she was doing.

Betts122
Betts122

The police were called and they responded. They were only doing their job. The one that called the police is the one that should be blamed. This young woman is being a bitch to the police......but most blacks are always on their defensive when confronted about anything.

RunCop
RunCop

Why are certain ethnic people so indignant all the time???

The express
The express

When are all you black people going to stop pulling out the race card cops just doing their job.The bitch said she was sleeping then she said she was doing a paper.I don't know anybody that can do a paper and sleep at the sametime.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@The express
Thats because you've probably never been to college. You write a paper, and you take a nap. Then you wake up and write some more.

And black people will stop using the race card when the whites stop being racist.

FpsK9Handler
FpsK9Handler

What a crock of shit! I dont care what race you are, cooperating with the police will always get you ahead and good results. Being defensive and disrespectful will always get you more attention. I am a Puerto Rican male and I too know what its like to profiled. But anytime I encountered the police I did what I was told and cooperated with them fully. I have been in Law Enforcement for 15 years and never have I gave anyone a hard time if they cooperated, i. The contrary, I am more inclined to cut you loose or a break if you cooperate!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@FpsK9Handler
You say cooperating always gives you positive results? Strong word, always.

There was a physician in Florida who got shot just a couple years ago because he was following all commands from police. I guess when you say always, you don't mean ALWAYS always. Just sometime always.

NDNBORI
NDNBORI

maybe the caller is looney, maybe she's not I really could care less but the student dealing with police, doing their job was a bitch plain and simple.
They not mind readers. Hope when you all get to the real world, you leave that chip on your shoulders at college dorm or you're in for a heartbreak. If I was that black cop, her ass with an expired ID, would be off campus Period. She caught a break.

No sense, Ratchet ass.

FpsK9Handler
FpsK9Handler

Ok let me rephrase myself...most of the time...I would say 98 percent of the time. Can you please fond that case you are referring to? There will be always a room for error...Police are not perfect...

ShelbyCole
ShelbyCole

If you have problems with African Americans, just use the Police to solve your problem. If you you have problem with African American Customers frequent your business, just use the Police to solve your problem. If you do not like Blacks playing Golf, just use the Police to solve your problem.

Someone Black in your neighborhood? Who are you going to call? Police Busters. Eventually, these intolerant bigots will stop calling the police and call the local community White Nationalist, KKK, or Neo-Nazis. Thanks for Cell Phones. If was not for Siyonbola video, it would be she said, she said. Police would fully taken side of Sarah. Siyonbola most likely would of been in jail for few hours.

This is the current state of USA. Bigots using law enforcement as tools.

Sickandtired
Sickandtired

I seriously do not believe things are worse now than they were a number of years ago. The difference is now we have cell phones to record everything. Social media to post it all. And sites like this to "talk" about it. Now we simply have more information about these types of things than we did 10 - 20 years ago. I am quite sure it was just as common then. Maybe even more common.

BlueMoose
BlueMoose

It has been determined that
Hi_estComnDenomn is nothing but a Troll on this page so trying to have a common sense debate with him is useless.

Marxest
Marxest

It's clear that if the student was a white person, there would be no issue. But the student is black and then we have to call the police about a suspicious black person. It's a good thing that everything was recorded and now Yale is can be shamed for racist students. He'll, I'm surprised the police didn't draw their guns on that poor woman. The white girl should be expelled for creating a racist atmosphere in a place of learning. But I doubt that will happen, the white girl will play the race card and call herself the victim. Let's hope she gets drunk and ravaged by a frat boy.

RPG156
RPG156

The response to her complaint should have been that every student is required to show proof of attendance when on university property. Every student and faculty member should expect that the campus police exists for their safety. People who are contacted by police may have committed a crime or are about to... If she would have showed her ID when requested, the matter would have been resolved in short order. Period. A university building is not a public place. It is private property and all persons in it must have authorization to be there. Sending out an email to urge inclusivity is laughable. If you don't want the police to do police stuff, don't have a police department.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@RPG156
Yes, a university building is not a public place. And the victim here had every right to be exactly where she was before a crazy dorm mate decided she didn't want her there.

She deserves all the admonishment she is receiving.

Ferox45
Ferox45

Typical combative black

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@PHOENIX76
Wrong. Bringing up race doesn't make you racist. That's not how those words work. You're racist because you're racist. Stop being racist and i promise everything will be better for everyone.

BLSupporter
BLSupporter

So, the school needed to work on becoming a “truly inclusive place.” What the school needs to do is expel the woman with the mental issues.

Mrs10
Mrs10

Marxest said: “It's clear that if the student was a white person, there would be no issue.”
How can you possibly know that? We have no first-hand account from the reporting person. If I were in my dorm/apartment and found someone I’d never seen asleep in the common area it would’ve startled me. We have NO way of knowing (from this article) what the motives were.

“Hell, I’m surprised the police didn’t draw their guns on this poor girl.”
That “poor girl” was rude, uncooperative, and gave ID that did NOT prove her identity nor support her claim of being a student. The officers did an exemplary job and she laughingly proves this by posting a video which shows their professionalism and her lack of manners!

John-Brown
John-Brown

I am certain if the situation was reversed, it would have gone down the same way. Change the "sleeper" to a white girl. She still would have been a little asshole that wouldn't cooperate with the police because the whole generation are a bunch of entitled bitches. For Christ's sake, show the police your ID so they can document who they had contact with and let them leave and do their job. This whole "I know my rights" generation need to be face planted the second they disobey a lawful order.

kycopmom
kycopmom

What is the point of having a school I.D if you're not required to have your real name on it?

PositiveThoughts
PositiveThoughts

Notice how many blanket statements about "Blacks" are on this post. Many of you here are racist and bigoted and don't realize it, so of course you want to blame the victim again.

Ddnews119
Ddnews119

If police rapidly respond to a call, solve or stop a crime it’s only because the criminal is black or brown, they are racist. If police don’t rapidly respond, solve or stop a crime it’s because they don’t care about the disadvantaged especially people who are black or brown, they are racist.

Are there any sets of facts where you don’t see racism? No, because in case you haven’t figured it out yet minority “leaders” are overseers making sure that you stay in your place on the Democrat Plantation.

61mouse
61mouse

Why are they allow to use fake names on IDs ??

61mouse
61mouse

No reason for anyone to be getting on the cops asses they were called there, and doing their job .... INVESTIGATING.......

John-Brown
John-Brown

@61mouse, of course they shouldn't be allowed to use fake names, but this is Yale. I guess "Lolade Siyonbola" didn't like her given name and loathes being the descendant of slaves. CORRECTION: Lolade Siyonbola is her given name. She is not African American. She is African.

Kingster
Kingster

We got some special snowflakes here today

ShelbyCole
ShelbyCole
John-Brown
John-Brown

ShelbyAhole, congratulations, but everybody has a name and we already know she was white. Is there a point here somewhere?

satmantoo
satmantoo

Do you know why you never see information of White people being gunned down by Black people or Black Police officers Killing unarmed White people. Because it’s doesn’t fit the left agenda of dividing our Nation.
The same time period that Travon “white Mexican” I believe Obama called him, shot that kid in Florida. Another black kid shot and killed a white kid and walked using that stupid Florida law saying he was afraid the white kid was going to beat him up. Nothing racist about that!!

NoBackupNearby
NoBackupNearby

He didn't say bringing up race makes you racist (re-read what he said and quit editing his words like CNN). He said "Black people are equally racist and always seem to bring it up first." I won't say Black people ALWAYS bring it up first (Whites and Hispanics have been doing it more within the past 15 - 20 years) but if numbers don't lie, then you see Blacks bringing it up FAR more. The card becomes dog-eared after being played so much, and the video and description of the events show this wasn't a case of "The police are harassing me because I'm Black" as it was "I'm acting like a turd to people doing the same job I'd expect them to do if I called them to check someone else out."

rds40
rds40

So they respond to a call on private property and instead of simply giving the info needed to quickly conclude it, she extends it.

Next time a student is attacked, she can remember this. She created the situation but holding back what would have quickly concluded it.

Nothing like manufacturing a controversy.

John-Brown
John-Brown

@gfc1963, I'm assuming you are referring to ShelbyAhole. It's common knowledge that HCD already has a beard, aka, his wife.

b1rd
b1rd

H_C Dumbass
"And black people will stop using the race card when the whites stop being racist."
Thats funny.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Yes I am! I think even when he sounds as if he is praising the police he is having a go at them! And Shelby and Markshite are just as bad.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Just show your freaking ID and be done with it!!! Geez!!! Why do BTs have always be combative on every little thing!!!!! Get out of your victimhood mindset!! Damn!!!!!

Nolan T
Nolan T

African American Studies... Mc Donalds here we come.

61mouse
61mouse

@Positive thoughts ........ I'm only blaming the victim because she is acting like an ass. It's not like they just walked there they were CALLED .....and when they got there they were doing what they were
suppose to do INVESTAGATE! !!!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@satmantoo
That doesn't sound racist. He feared for his life.

satmantoo
satmantoo

Did I mention the White kid was unarmed?
Black cop in Salt Lake City shot and killed a white kid because he said he wasn’t going to put his arms up. Cop had camera on. Point blank range to the chest. Cop walked free because they didn’t want a race riot!