The Truth About What the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School Did to Me

My heart breaks when I think about the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School. Here is a picture of me with Tom Tyler, my former advisor and the Father of Procedural Justice and one of the Founders, along with Tracey Meares, of the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School, as well as a member, again along with Tracey Meares, of President Obama’s 21st Century Policing Taskforce. It was taken towards the end of April, 2018, at a restaurant in New Haven, CT, with other student Justice Collaboratory members of Tom Tyler’s lab group. This was around 2 weeks before the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale on May 8th, 2018:

I was also part of the Justice Collaboratory and a member of Tom Tyler’s lab group at Yale Law School. Yale Sterling Law Professor Alan Schwartz had suggested that I approach Tom Tyler and ask to work with him. I had worked for years with Alan Schwartz on an agent-based computational model and simulations of a corporate control market. In fact, our work was recently published in the Harvard Business Law Review. Tom Tyler seemed very keen to work with me. He was very pleased with my social psychological empirical study design on the nature of authority, the nature of legitimacy, and the nature of the relationship between the two. My PhD Dissertation, the Statics and Mechanics of Social Institutions, is on the philosophical foundations of law and language. Tom Tyler became part of my Dissertation Committee and one of my Co-Chairs. I worked with the Justice Collaboratory on a study on School Resource Officers in public schools and the disparate impact on students of color and the school to prison pipeline.

I actually spoke with Tom Tyler before May 8th, 2018, about the fact that I had been falsely accused of racism, including by a group of Yale Deans. At the time, I didn’t know that I had in fact been accused of having perpetrated a racist hate crime comparable to a lynching for having called the non emergency helpline of the Yale Campus Police, more or less regarded as campus security, after a stranger followed me in an unauthorized manner up to my isolated Yale dorm room on the 12th floor of the tower of the Hall of Graduate Studies, my Yale dorm. At the time, Tom Tyler assured me that he knew I wasn’t racist, and he told me not to worry.

After the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale, on May 8th, 2018, Tom Tyler remained supportive of me. He wrote a character letter on my behalf for Yale’s General Counsel after Yale Graduate School Dean Lynn Cooley falsely charged me with racial harassment on June 5th, 2018. As I continued to keep my advisors apprised of the situation, and the communications between my attorney and Yale’s General Counsel, the months went by, and Tom Tyler became less and less involved, and his assurances of support dwindled. There definitely came a point at which he stopped communicating with me altogether. I was concerned, but I was so overwhelmed with trying to save my life while doing my best not to kill myself, not to mention the fact that I was in hiding and being deluged by death threats, that I just didn’t have the energy to address it.

It wasn’t until I asked Tom Tyler in late spring 2019 to speak with a journalist that I knew definitively that he had abandoned me. He told me matter of factly that he wanted nothing more to do with me. I figured that I knew the reason for his change of heart about me.

Immediately after the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale, on May 8th, 2018, Vesla Weaver wrote a patently ridiculous Vox dot com article about me that was nothing but lies. This farce of an article, which she was trying to pass off as scholarship, was heavily promoted, including on social media, by Chris Lebron, who mentioned me by name and described me as an egregious racist. I was in a state of complete shock when I discovered that they had done this.

Both Vesla Weaver and Chris Lebron are currently professors at Johns Hopkins University. They were both formerly at Yale University, and Chris Lebron was denied tenure at Yale, which precipitated their subsequent moves to Johns Hopkins. Vesla Weaver is currently a member of the Justice Collaboratory at Yale, and a longtime friend and collaborator of Tracey Meares. Tracey Meares was very public in her denunciations of Yale for having denied Lebron tenure. Both Vesla Weaver and Chris Lebron work on the areas of policing and its disparate impact on communities of color, and Lebron also works specifically on the Black Lives Matter movement.

Vesla Weaver and Chris Lebron used me as a proxy to get revenge against Yale for Lebron being denied tenure. This was made clear to me by a number of persons inside Yale. Both Vesla Weaver and Chris Lebron knew me, and they knew me as an anti-racism activist and graduate student who worked on the subjects of police brutality and implicit bias. I would even go so far as to say that Chris Lebron knew me well at one point. I had worked closely with Chris Lebron at Yale on a couple of explicitly anti-racism conferences, including the Joyce Mitchell Cook Conference, honoring the first African American woman in the US to earn a PhD in Philosophy, which she earned at Yale. The point being, that they knew me, they knew I was entirely innocent, and they knew that they were telling disgusting lies about me that put my life in the gravest danger and would very likely get me killed or drive me to suicide.

I know for a fact that Yale Graduate School Dean Lynn Cooley contacted Vesla Weaver to ask her to retract the farcical Vox dot com article, or, at least, to correct the many glaring factual errors in the article. I am under no illusions about the fact that Dean Cooley did so to protect Yale, not me. It was clear to her that Vesla Weaver had written the article to use me as a proxy to get revenge against Yale for Lebron having been denied tenure. I know for a fact that Vesla Weaver told Dean Cooley that she couldn’t care less about the lies in the article and that she had no intention whatsoever to correct a single error. I know that Yale Graduate School Dean Lynn Cooley also contacted Vox dot com to let them know that the article was riddled with gross lies. I believe that Vox dot com agreed to publish subsequent articles that defamed only me to placate Dean Cooley.

I can’t remember exactly when I began to publicly denounce Vesla Weaver and Chris Lebron for having used me (an anti-racism graduate student whom they knew and with whom they had worked) as a proxy to get revenge against Yale for Lebron having been denied tenure, but I believe it was around this time that Tom Tyler became ever more distant and cold towards me and began ghosting me.

I presume that Tom Tyler dropped me as an advisee at the behest of Tracey Meares to protect Vesla Weaver, who remains, to this day, a member of the Justice Collaboratory, and a friend and collaborator of Meares.

Recently, another member of the Justice Collaboratory and a Yale Law School Professor, Monica Bell, wrote a disgusting NYU Law Review article that grossly defames me. I almost killed myself when I discovered that she had done this. I was in a complete state of shock. I responded to Monica Bell’s contacting me publicly on Twitter when I discovered the defamatory article and told her that she knew me, and knew I was innocent, and had told disgusting lies about me, and was driving me to suicide, and her response was to stigmatize mental illness and to block me. Blocking me was also the response by Vesla Weaver and Chris Lebron when I called them out for having tried to drive me to suicide.

Again, Monica Bell knew me, she knew me as an anti-racism activist, and I had worked with her briefly at the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School. She knew that I was entirely innocent, and she knew that she was telling disgusting lies about me that would very likely bring about my death by getting me killed or driving me to suicide. I can only assume that she did this to protect the Justice Collaboratory and the members thereof, including Tom Tyler, Tracey Meares, and Vesla Weaver.

After Monica Bell’s recent lying NYU Law Review article, I was prompted to reach out to both Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken and Johns Hopkins President Ronald Daniels for help in addressing the gross malfeasance and unprofessional misconduct of the Yale Law School Professor members of the Justice Collaboratory, as well as Johns Hopkins Professors Vesla Weaver and Chris Lebron. They had all tried to get an innocent anti-racism Yale University graduate student with whom they had worked killed to cover up their own wrongdoing. I never received a response from Johns Hopkins University President Ronald Daniels. The response I received from Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken was chilling. She refused to address the gross misconduct of Yale Law School Professors, and she stigmatized mental illness in doing so. When I responded by asking Dean Gerken to please refer me to the office at Yale Law School that is responsible for responding to the gross misconduct of Yale Law School Professors, she did not respond to me. Likewise, I never received a response to my message to the NYU Law Review, letting them know that Monica Bell had grossly defamed me in her lying article, Anti-Segregation Policing.

The disgusting behavior of the Justice Collaboratory towards me also taints President Obama’s 21st Century Policing Taskforce, of which both Tracey Meares and Tom Tyler were members. Anything having to do with the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School now has zero credibility on policing and police brutality, and this includes the consultancy, 21CP, an offshoot of President Obama’s 21st Century Policing Taskforce. No, I do not in any way think it is a coincidence that the Yale Administration used 21CP to create a farcical report on the Yale Campus Police, a report that grossly defames me and is an exercise in how to destroy the life of an innocent anti-racism activist and graduate student, as was Yale’s farce of a Title VI Review Report. They all destroyed their credibility by trying to get an innocent graduate student killed to cover up their own wrongdoing. They destroyed themselves. I’m just telling the simple truth.

At this point, after the disgusting way that I have been treated by Yale and the Yale Law School, no one should send their children there. If you do, you risk the Yale Administration trying to destroy your child’s life for daring to stray a hair from Woke Intersectional Feminism dogma.

I want the whole world to know that in April, 2018, Yale Law School Professor Tom Tyler said some decidedly unWoke things at our end of the academic year dinner for the student Justice Collaboratory members of his lab group. Yes, the above picture is from that very dinner. We were talking about race, and I spoke of having grown up in a racially integrated religious cult, the Jehovah’s Witnesses. I spoke about not learning about or having any understanding of racism, until I was a bit older, in public school. I spoke about how this put me in a strange position in the current cultural climate, especially on college campuses, wherein one is supposed to profess one’s ineluctable indoctrination as a white supremacist in the US. We spoke about implicit bias and the standard implicit bias test (the IAT), and I admitted that I had never taken it, but that I would be very curious to know what my results would be. Tom Tyler encouraged me to take the standard test, which is available online, but he told me not to put too much stock in the results.

I think everyone will be very surprised to learn that Tom Tyler made statements that you might have heard from Amy Wax, the University of Pennsylvania Law Professor who is often under fire in the media for saying that Black students are, generally speaking, academically ill prepared to handle college level work. Tom Tyler said as much.

Tom Tyler said that most US Black high school students are woefully ill prepared to handle college level academic work, and that this is particularly the case at elite colleges like Yale. He said that this is why when you see newspaper stories about a US high school student who was accepted to all 8 Ivy League schools, they are always Black. He said that there are so few Black US high school students who are prepared to handle the academic work at an elite college that all of the Ivy League universities fight over them and are willing to do almost anything to enroll them.

I am telling the simple, honest to God truth. I am sick and tired of the Justice Collaboratory, Yale Law School, and the Yale Administration and Police telling disgusting lies about me that put my life in grave danger. I demand that Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken address the gross malfeasance of these Yale Law School Professors.

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