CT Freedom of Information Act Commission Hearing Update 09 17 19 YouTube Channel Video Script

Below please find my YouTube Channel Video Script for my CT Freedom of Information Act Commission Hearing Update 09 17 19 YouTube Channel Video:

Hi, this is Sarah Braasch. Welcome or welcome back to my channel. So, today I want to give you an update on the CT Freedom of Information Act Hearing scheduled for October 3rd, in Hartford, CT, for me to get the Yale Police body camera footage from May 8th, 2018, that exonerates me and exposes Yale’s grossly illegal misconduct.  

Before, I was hopeful that I would not have to attend the hearing, and hopeful that the hearing would not take place at all.  

I had spoken with the Ombudsman at the CT FOIA Commission assigned to my docket, and she had expressed her belief that she would be able to get Yale to release the YPD body camera footage to the public, which would have precluded the need for me to attend a hearing in Hartford on October 3rd.  

The Ombudsman told me that Yale was claiming the exemption of not having to release uncorroborated allegations.  The Ombudsman told me that they had NEVER allowed an entity to withhold a video based upon this exemption.  As she astutely pointed out, a video is not an allegation.  

Unfortunately, when I spoke with the Ombudsman today, she said that she had been unsuccessful in getting Yale to release the Yale Police body camera footage to the public, or to give it to me to do so.  Yale is insisting that a hearing take place.  They are arguing that the footage includes uncorroborated allegations, and so they do not have to release it. 

I explained to the Ombudsman that this means that I have no choice but to attend the hearing, even though it is a grave financial hardship for me, and will endanger my mental health and wellbeing.  I told her that I am trying to save my life, and I need the public to see the footage to save my life and human and civil rights career, which were destroyed by the disgusting lies that the Yale Administration and Police told about me. 

I told the Ombudsman that Yale University Provost and University wide Title IX Coordinator Stephanie Spangler had assured me back in March, 2018, not to worry.  She told me that everything would be fine.  She promised me that Yale would always do the right thing, regardless of legal liability or PR.  I was devastated to learn that she had been lying to me the entire time and merely pantomiming trying to help me to placate me.  

It is absolutely ridiculous for Yale to claim the right to withhold the footage, because the footage contains uncorroborated allegations.  First and foremost, the allegations are not uncorroborated.  I had been begging Yale for months to put a stop to the harassment and stalking that I was enduring in my isolated dorm room and across campus, to no avail.  In the video, I am begging the Yale Police Officers to speak with Dean Lynn Cooley, because she knew that I was the one being harassed and stalked for months.  I begged the Yale Police Officers to speak with Yale Police Officer Grace Schenkle and to read her multiple police reports, documenting the harassment and stalking I had experienced.  And, of course, if a police department can withhold the body camera footage pertaining to police officers responding to a call, because the footage contains uncorroborated allegations, then police departments could ALWAYS withhold the footage of police officers responding to ANY call. This makes absolutely no sense.  

I am hopeful that I will be successful when I attend the CT FOIA Commission hearing on October 3rdin Hartford, CT.  

I have invited members of the press to attend, to cover the hearing, and to interview me.  I am also intending on holding press conferences and meeting with press, in Hartford, in New Haven, and in NYC.  I am also planning on asking Dean Lynn Cooley for permission to come to Yale’s campus in New Haven, CT, to meet with my advisors. If she refuses me, this will be another Federal Office for Civil Rights complaint.  

If Yale is going to force me to come to Hartford to get the YPD body camera footage from May 8th, 2018, then I am going to make a spectacle of the affair and drum up as much press as possible.  

I am going to be using some of the funds that I have already raised.  I will be as frugal as possible.  This is such an important part of my case.  The footage exonerates me and exposes Yale’s grossly illegal misconduct. 

I realized something today. I realized that Yale refusing to release the footage on these grounds proves that Yale is lying.  If Yale is admitting that the footage includes me begging the officers, trying desperately to tell them that I was not harassing anyone; I was the victim of harassment, including by Lolade Siyonbola.  Then, they are admitting that they knew exactly why I had called the non emergency helpline of the Yale Campus Police, as I had been repeatedly instructed to do by both the Yale Administration and the Yale Police, and that this reason had nothing to do with having found a black person asleep in the small, little used, so called common room, next to my isolated dorm room on Yale’s campus, where I had been terrorized for months while the Yale Admin and Police did nothing.  The long and short of the matter is that Yale is admitting that they told disgusting lies about me that endangered my life and destroyed my civil rights career, and they did this to cover up their own grossly illegal misconduct. 

I am also making this video to please ask for donations to my legal fund.  To everyone who has already donated, please know that you are literally saving my life and career.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  

I remain hopeful that I’ll be able to secure my legal representation soon, and that I’ll be able to pursue all appropriate legal action against Yale and the entire moral outrage industry.  

I include links to my PayPal account and my GoFundMe page in the comments below.  

Thank you so much for all of your support and kind words.  It means everything to me.  

I do intend to return to making videos regularly, so make sure to subscribe, like, comment, and share. Follow me on twitter and my blog. 

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Emails Sent to the Yale Administration and the Yale Campus Police on May 8th, 2018, During the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax, Before, During, and After the Yale Campus Police Officers Arrived

Below please find the emails that I sent to the Yale Administration and the Yale Campus Police on May 8th, 2018, during the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale. These emails were sent before, during, and after the Yale Campus Police Officers arrived at my dorm, the Hall of Graduate Studies. So, you can see from these emails, that the Yale Administration and the Yale Campus Police engaged in gross malfeasance, and they lied about me, particularly in their public statements immediately following the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale. They knew exactly what had occurred; they knew exactly why I had called the non emergency helpline of the Yale Campus Police; they knew from the very beginning that I was entirely innocent of the false accusations of racism against me.

Here are the emails:

To: Yale Provost Stephanie Spangler, Yale Associate Provost Cynthia Smith, Yale Housing Direct George Longyear, Yale Housing Manager Beth Bishop, Yale Housing Manager Kate St. Marie

From: Sarah Braasch

Re: I just want to let you all know that I called the Yale Police again

Date: May 8, 2018, 2:13 am

I just wanted to let you all know that I had to call the Yale Police again.  
I entered the common room a little while ago, because students had been making noise in there all evening, and I just wanted to check on the room and make sure that everything was ok, and because I was throwing something away.  
The light was off in the interior room, but there was someone’s things all over the desk.  So, I walked into the interior room.  
There was someone sleeping on the couch with a blanket completely covering them.
I turned on the light and said “Who are you?  You can’t sleep in here.  You’re not supposed to be sleeping in here.  Are you a resident?”
A woman pulled the blanket down.  She said, “Are you the person who called the cops on the party?”
Then, she picked up her phone like she was going to take a picture of me or call the cops.  
And, I said, no, I’m going to call the police, because you’re not supposed to be sleeping in here.
I called the Yale Police.  They’re here.  
I told them why I think those students are attempting to provoke an incident by being noisy in the common room.  
In front of me, she said that I need to be institutionalized.  

The police are dealing with her.  
They said that they are going to come back and speak with me thereafter.  
I will let you know what happens.  
Best,
Sarah

To: Yale Provost Stephanie Spangler, Yale Associate Provost Cynthia Smith, Yale Housing Direct George Longyear, Yale Housing Manager Beth Bishop, Yale Housing Manager Kate St. Marie, Yale Police Officer Grace Schenkle

From: Sarah Braasch

Re: I just want to let you all know that I called the Yale Police again

Date: May 8, 2018, 2:34 am

Dear all,
I am copying Officer Schenkle, so that she can explain the situation to the officers who came by tonight.  
The police did not seem to understand the situation.  I tried to explain what was happening to them, but they didn’t seem to understand.  They said that they were going to contact the Dean of Students.  I said, please contact the Dean of Students.  I also told them to read Officer Schenkle’s police report.  I had also contacted Officer Schenkle to document that someone(s) was coming by my door and shaking my handle each evening for approximately two weeks.
I tried to explain that this person in the common room was clearly one of the students who has been harassing me, which is why I called the police.  

Best,
Sarah

To: Yale Provost Stephanie Spangler, Yale Associate Provost Cynthia Smith, Yale Housing Direct George Longyear, Yale Housing Manager Beth Bishop, Yale Housing Manager Kate St. Marie, Yale Police Officer Grace Schenkle

From: Sarah Braasch

Re: I just want to let you all know that I called the Yale Police again

Date: May 8, 2018, 2:35 am

Dear all,
I am also making sure that Officer Schenkle has this first email that I sent to all of you.  
Best,
Sarah

To: Yale Campus Police Officer Grace Schenkle

From: Sarah Braasch

Re: I just want to let you all know that I called the Yale Police again

Date: May 8, 2018, 2:51 am

Dear Grace,
I’m sure that you will, but please let Chief Higgins know what happened.  
I don’t understand why the officers who came by were acting like I had done something wrong.  
But, as soon as she asked, “Are you that lady who called the cops on that party?” I knew that I should call the police.
Did I do something wrong?  The one police officer told me that I should NOT have called the police.  I tried to explain to him what had happened, but he wouldn’t let me.  He seemed to get angry, and he said, “This conversation is over.”  
All best,
Sarah

To: Yale Provost Stephanie Spangler, Yale Associate Provost Cynthia Smith, Yale Housing Direct George Longyear, Yale Housing Manager Beth Bishop, Yale Housing Manager Kate St. Marie, Yale Police Officer Grace Schenkle

From: Sarah Braasch

Re: I just want to let you all know that I called the Yale Police again

Date: May 8, 2018, 3:26 am

Dear all,
I’m sorry for all of the emails.  I’m obviously upset.  
I just want to take this opportunity to once again ask for the common room on the 12th floor of the tower of HGS to simply be closed for the rest of the year.  The students who have been harassing me, and who are clearly still upset about the incident of February 24th, are clearly using their access to the room as a means to harass me as much as possible before the end of the school year.  
Best,
Sarah

To: Yale Provost Stephanie Spangler, Yale Associate Provost Cynthia Smith, Yale Housing Direct George Longyear, Yale Housing Manager Beth Bishop, Yale Housing Manager Kate St. Marie, Yale Police Officer Grace Schenkle

From: Sarah Braasch

Re: I just want to let you all know that I called the Yale Police again

Date: May 8, 2018, 5:24 am

Dear all,
I just feel compelled to let everyone know that the woman, I heard over the police officer’s radio that her name is Olo Dayo — she lives on the 5th floor next to the elevator apparently, has slammed both the common room door and the elevator door as hard as she can several times during the past 15 to 20 minutes.  
This is obviously an attempt to harass me.  This has been happening all night long as well actually.  
I am literally begging you at this point to save me from this ongoing harassment and close the common room until the end of the school year.
I am completely and totally flabbergasted that this has not already been done.
Best,
Sarah Braasch

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My Then Attorney’s Response to Yale President Peter Salovey’s Grossly False and Defamatory August Statement Regarding the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale

Below please find my then attorney’s response to Yale President Peter Salovey’s grossly false and defamatory August Statement about me. I know for a fact that persons inside Yale tried to stop President Salovey from releasing this statement. I know for a fact that they tried to tell him how immoral and wrongful and illegal and false and defamatory it was. I know for a fact that they tried to tell him that he was lying and putting my life in grave danger by releasing this grossly false and defamatory statement.

I want to make perfectly clear that the Yale Administration and the Yale Campus Police always knew, from the very beginning, that I was entirely innocent of the false accusations against me. The Yale Administration and the Yale Campus Police were complicit, from the beginning, in the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale.

Please note in this letter that my attorney makes clear that Yale’s General Counsel admitted that there was absolutely no reason to think that I had EVER acted out of racial animus or bias in any way, shape, or form. My attorney also makes clear that Yale’s General Counsel had dropped the racial component of the disciplinary charges against me entirely. I do want to point out that my then attorney later told me that Yale’s General Counsel later denied having dropped the racial component of the disciplinary charges. But, they never denied having admitted that there was no reason whatsoever to think that I had ever acted out of racial animus or bias in any way, shape, or form. Here is the letter:

August 2, 2018 

Susan Sawyer, Sr. Associate General Counsel

Office of the General Counsel

2 Whitney Avenue


New Haven, CT 06510-1220 

Re: Sarah Braasch 

Dear Attorney Sawyer: 

While I support Yale’s long overdue efforts to combat discrimination on its campus, I am nothing short of shocked by President Peter Salovey’s reckless and wholly irresponsible act of condemning my client as a racist in a university-wide memo yesterday. The damage to my client is incalculable. President Salovey recklessly concluded that the May 8th incident involving my client’s call to the Yale campus police was motivated by racial animus while clearly ignoring the facts and circumstances well within Yale’s knowledge, particularly her ongoing complaints in writing and to the Title IX Coordinators of harassment following a February 24th incident prompting the May 8th call. You told me that Yale was not charging my client with racial harassment and knew this was not an act of microaggression. You reported that Yale professors who know Ms. Braasch vouched that she is not in any way racist and have been very supportive of her and her history as a social justice warrior. (I’ve attached letters from Yale professors to this effect as well.) Nevertheless, in advance of her response to the non-race based harassment charges and any hearing on the charge, Yale’s President saw fit to label her actions racially based and use her alleged “race based” harassment as impetus for sweeping changes to Yale’s practices and policies. 

Insodoing Yale has completely violated my client’s right to due process; she has been judged and convicted without a hearing. Yale has precluded even the possibility of a fair hearing and further defamed my client without ever hearing her defense which, as you will recall, was purposefully delayed by Yale in light of her fragile emotional state in keeping ADA guidelines. Yale’s actions toward my client are reprehensible and actionable. 

President Salovey’s action is all the more egregious in light of my client’s mental health disabilities. Yale has been acutely aware of my client’s current fragile state and suicidal ideation as a result of the social media war erroneously and unfairly waged against her by a Yale student who misinterpreted her actions. As a result of President Salovey’s memo, Yale has placed my client at an increased risk for suicide and has exacerbated her anxiety and depression.

Yale has breached also its contract with my client as specifically provided in the Graduate School’s Code of Conduct stating, “A student accused of a breach of the Regulations will be presumed innocent unless and until found by the Dean’s Advisory Committee on Regulations and Discipline, pursuant to these procedures, to have breached the Regulations. “ Clearly, my client has had no such presumption of innocence and arguably has been discriminated against under the ADA. 

As a result, I immediately demand the following that:

  1. Yale immediately dismiss all disciplinary proceedings against my client; 
  2. Yale release all body cam videos to the media with advance notice to me of the release date; 
  3. Yale issue a public apology to my client for concluding that she acted with any racial animus in connection with these incidences, and that all the evidence known to Yale suggests otherwise; and
  4. That Yale publicly announce that Ms. Braasch has been publicly misrepresented as engaging in discriminatory misconduct. Indeed her work at Yale and beyond evidence that she harbors no racial animus whatsoever. To the contrary, she has dedicated herself to causes of social justice including the cause of eradicating all forms of discrimination. 

I expect a response from you in short order. 

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The Yale Campus Police Department is Continuing Their Grossly Illegal Campaign of Malfeasance Against Me to Destroy My Life and Career to Cover Up Their Own Wrongdoing

The Yale Campus Police Department is continuing their grossly illegal campaign of malfeasance against me to try to destroy my life and career to cover up their own wrongdoing. Today, the Yale Campus Police Department harassed and badgered me over a perfectly benign, innocuous, anodyne tweet. They insinuated that I am some kind of threat, and they insinuated that I did something illegal or wrongful or criminal. They did this, because they are doing absolutely anything and everything they can to destroy me and to paint me as some kind of criminal or wrongdoer, in order to cover up their own wrongdoing.

I received a voice mail at approximately 2:20 pm EST today from a Sergeant Reach (sp?) of the Yale Campus Police Department. I returned the call, because I actually believed and hoped that the Yale Campus Police Department was going to try to help me secure justice by pursuing criminal charges against Lolade Siyonbola for the illegal video recording made of me (to publicly shame me for my mental health disability) on May 8th, 2018, and its subsequent illegal distribution. I also believed that perhaps the Yale Campus Police Department wanted to speak to me about releasing the Yale Campus Police Body Camera Footage from May 8th, 2018, that exonerates me and exposes the gross malfeasance of the Yale Campus Police, as well as the Yale University Administration.

Sergeant Reach asked me what I meant by my tweet on May 13th. I had no idea what she was talking about. I was completely taken aback. I asked her to which tweet she was referring. I had no idea what she was talking about. She read the following tweet to me:

BEGIN TWEET TEXT

This coming weekend is Yale Commencement. If I want to make things happen, this week is crucial, because the Yale Administration is doing the best it can now to pretend that the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax never happened, and they didn’t try to get me killed.

END TWEET TEXT

Sergeant Reach asked me what I meant by this tweet.

I said that this week is important, because Yale is trying to pretend now that the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax never happened, and this weekend is Commencement, and Yale thinks that everyone will stop caring after this weekend. So, if I want to get the truth out, then I really need to do that this week.

Sergeant Reach asked me if all I wanted to do was to get the truth out, or if I wanted to make other things happen.

I told her that I am trying to get information out. I told her that I’m trying to get the truth out to the public about what really happened during the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale.

Sergeant Reach asked me if that was all I was planning on doing. She asked me if I was planning on using my blog to get the truth out. She asked me again if I was planning on doing anything else besides get the truth out.

I asked her what she was suggesting. She said she just wanted to find out from me what I was planning on doing. I told her that her insinuation that I had done something or was planning on doing something wrongful or illegal was disgusting. I told her that I had done absolutely nothing wrong or illegal.

I said I think this conversation is over. And, then I said, no, wait, do you want to know what I would like to talk about? I would like to talk about the Yale Campus Police Department actually doing their jobs and pursuing criminal charges against Lolade Siyonbola for the illegal video recording of me on May 8th, 2018, and its subsequent illegal distribution. This video recording was illegal under Connecticut State Law. I would also like to talk about the Yale Campus Police Department releasing the body camera footage from May 8th, 2018, that exonerates me and exposes the malfeasance of the Yale Campus Police and the Yale University Administration. That’s what I would like to talk about.

Sergeant Reach said that she wasn’t high enough in the department to do this. I said, well, you can begin the process. You can go to your supervisor and you can begin the process of pursuing criminal charges against Lolade Siyonbola for the illegal video recording of me from May 8th, 2018. And, you can go to your supervisor and begin the process of releasing the Yale Police Body Camera footage from May 8th, 2018, which exonerates me and exposes the malfeasance of the Yale Campus Police and the Yale University Administration.

Sergeant Reach asked me if I had already made these requests, and I told her that I had made these requests multiple times, but that I was being ignored by the Yale Campus Police Department. And, I said that the Yale Campus Police Department chooses to ignore me unless they are making disgusting insinuations against me.

Sergeant Reach told me that they called, because they were concerned for my well being.

I told her that that was a ridiculous joke. The Yale Campus Police Department destroyed my life. The Yale Campus Police Department destroyed my career. I told her, “Do you know how many times I almost killed myself during this past year? Do you? That’s what you wish would have happened. You wish that I had just curled up into the fetal position and had taken my own life.”

I told Sergeant Reach that if the Yale Campus Police Department really cares about my well being, then they would do their actual jobs and pursue criminal charges against Lolade Siyonbola for the illegal video recording of me and that they would release the police body cam footage from May 8th, 2018, that exonerates me. If they really care about my well being, then the Yale Campus Police would do these things, but they don’t really care about my well being; they only care about protecting themselves from legal liability and covering up their own wrongdoing.

Sergeant Reach asked me if I was planning on killing or hurting myself now. I told her no, now I want to live, because I am going to secure justice. I told her that the Yale Administration and the Yale Campus Police Department are going to get the justice that they deserve.

Sergeant Reach asked me if I had any plans to return to Connecticut, again insinuating that I’m some kind of threat, when I am literally the least threatening and least violent person on the planet.

I told her that I have no plans to return to Connecticut, because it isn’t safe for ME. I told her that I had to literally flee Yale’s campus for MY personal safety, and I was taunted by a mob while I was fleeing Yale’s campus, and that is the direct fault of the Yale Campus Police and the Yale Administration.

I told Sergeant Reach that the Yale Campus Police Department was harassing me and badgering me by taking a perfectly innocuous, benign, anodyne tweet and trying to turn it into something ugly, in order to use it to attack me and harass me and to suggest that I had done something wrongful and criminal and illegal and to paint me as a threat and as the wrongdoer to cover up their own wrongdoing. And, I told Sergeant Reach that if the Yale Campus Police Department chose to continue to harass me that I would be pressing charges against them.

And, then, Sergeant Reach chose to end the conversation.

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Email Correspondence with Yale Grad School Dean Lynn Cooley on May 8th, 2018, when I tell her her public statement about me is grossly false and defamatory and she tells me she doesn’t care

Below please find my email correspondence with Yale Graduate School Dean Lynn Cooley on May 8th, 2018, the day of the now infamous Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale. This includes Dean Cooley’s grossly false and defamatory public statement about me, and my response to her, asking her to please retract and / or modify it. She refuses. The emails are as follow:

From: Lynn Cooley, Dean of the Graduate School (email redacted)

To: All Graduate Students of Yale University

Date: May 8th, 2018, 4:16 pm

Subject: From the Dean

Dear Graduate Student,

I write to you about an incident that occurred last evening in the Hall of Graduate Studies. A resident of HGS called the Yale police to report that there was an unauthorized person in the Common Room. The police responded and confirmed the student was in fact a resident of HGS and had every right to be there. 

Incidents like that of last night remind us of the continued work needed to make Yale a truly inclusive place. 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. An essential part of that effort must be a commitment to mutual respect and an open dialog.

Please feel free to contact me with any concerns or comments.

Yours,

Lynn Cooley, Ph.D.
Dean, Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
C.N.H. Long Professor of Genetics
Professor of Cell Biology and MCDB

From: Sarah Braasch

To: Yale Grad School Dean Lynn Cooley; Yale Campus Police Chief Ronnell Higgins; Yale Provost and University wide Title IX Coordinator Stephanie Spangler; Associate Provost Cynthia Smith; Yale Housing Director George Longyear; Yale Housing Manager Beth Bishop; Yale Housing Manager Kate St. Marie; Yale Campus Police Officer Grace Schenkle

Date: May 8th, 2018, 4:41 pm

Subject: Re: From The Dean

Dear Dean Cooley,


Your account of what occurred last night is entirely inaccurate.  I wish you had spoken with me.  


I did not report an unauthorized person in the common room at HGS.  I reported someone whom I did not recognize sleeping in the common room of HGS, which is a violation of HGS regulations and is in the HGS resident handbook.

I was checking the common room, because there had been very noisy persons in the common room all evening, slamming the doors to the room and the elevator repeatedly all night long, and I wanted to make sure that everything was ok.  I had no idea that I would find anyone in the common room at all at that late hour, especially not someone who appeared to have set up the room as a hotel suite.

The woman whom I encountered was lying on the couch, completely covered by a blanket from head to toe.  I could only see a human form covered entirely with a blanket.  I had no idea the race or the sex or the identity of the person sleeping on the couch when I turned on the light and asked the person if they were a resident and if they were a student.  When the woman awoke, she would answer none of these questions.  I did immediately identify myself as an HGS resident.

The woman grabbed her phone and looked as if she was going to begin taking pictures of me.  She said to me, “Are you the lady who called the cops on that party?” identifying herself as one of the persons who had possibly been harassing me all semester.  

For these reasons, I decided to call the Yale Police.  I immediately sent an email to Provost Spangler, Associate Provost Smith, Officer Schenkle, George Longyear, Beth Bishop, and Kate St. Marie, to let them know what was happening.  I told them exactly what was going on.  I will be happy to forward my emails to them to you.  

The ostensible suggestion that I called the police for any other reason than a reasonable concern for my personal safety is unequivocally false.

I am completely dismayed.  

Best regards,

Sarah Braasch

From: Sarah Braasch

To: Yale Grad School Dean Lynn Cooley; Yale Campus Police Chief Ronnell Higgins; Yale Provost and University wide Title IX Coordinator Stephanie Spangler; Associate Provost Cynthia Smith; Yale Housing Director George Longyear; Yale Housing Manager Beth Bishop; Yale Housing Manager Kate St. Marie; Yale Campus Police Officer Grace Schenkle

Date: May 8th, 2018, 5:04 pm

Subject: Re: From The Dean

Dear Dean Cooley,
I respectfully request that you send a follow up letter correcting the inaccuracies in your account.  
Best regards,
Sarah Braasch

From: Yale Graduate School Dean Lynn Cooley

To: Sarah Braasch; Yale Campus Police Chief Ronnell Higgins; Yale Provost and University wide Title IX Coordinator Stephanie Spangler; Associate Provost Cynthia Smith; Yale Housing Director George Longyear; Yale Housing Manager Beth Bishop; Yale Housing Manager Kate St. Marie; Yale Campus Police Officer Grace Schenkle

Date: May 9th, 2018, 6:30 am

Subject: Re: From The Dean

Dear Ms. Braasch,

Thank you for writing.  I do not believe the message I wrote is inconsistent with your account. 

Sincerely,

Dean Cooley

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Email Correspondence with Yale Graduate School Dean Lynn Cooley at the end of May, 2018, where I am begging her to save my life and tell the truth and she says No.

Below please find my email correspondence with Yale Graduate School Dean Lynn Cooley at the end of May, 2018, when I am begging her to tell the truth about the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale, and I am begging her to save my life and career as a lifelong human and civil rights licensed attorney and activist, and she tells me no. Here are the emails:

From: Sarah Braasch (email redacted)

To: Lynn Cooley, Dean of the Graduate School (email redacted)

Date: May 30th, 2018, 9:24 pm

Subject: Request from Sarah Braasch

Dear Dean Cooley,

I was hoping to touch base with you regarding whatever investigation has occurred with respect to the events of this semester, particularly with respect to February 24thand May 8th.  I hope very much that the evidence has led whichever investigators to determine that I did absolutely nothing wrong, that I acted as any reasonable person would have under the circumstances and as I had been instructed, repeatedly, by Yale and by Yale’s Police Department, and that I absolutely did not engage in any behavior that was in any way motivated by racial bias or animus of any kind.  

I am also hoping that Yale will make a public statement to this effect.  My life has been destroyed.  My human and civil rights career has been destroyed.  My social justice career has been destroyed.  My career in academia has been destroyed.  My legal advocacy career has been destroyed.  I have to try and save and rebuild my life now. I told Yale repeatedly that I was being terrorized in my own home in on campus housing.  I begged Yale to close that common room.  I made it very clear, repeatedly, that that common room was only being used to harass, threaten, and attack me for months.  Yale did nothing.  I need Yale to act now and to make a public statement clearing me of wrongdoing, so that I can try and save my life.  All I have is my good name and my good reputation, and both have been taken from me.  

None of this means that I do not support, wholeheartedly, institutional reforms at Yale, and all institutions, which make students and all persons of color feel welcome and included. I strongly support such institutional reforms.  I support the black social justice movement 100%.  I support the creation of a Title VI office on campus.  I always have.  And, nothing has changed.  I am the same proud social justice warrior that I ever was.  

I am hoping to hear good news from you.  I could use some.  Thank you so much for your time and attention.  

All best,

Sarah Braasch

From: Dean Lynn Cooley (email redacted)

To: Sarah Braasch (email redacted)

Date: May 31st, 2018, 3:01 PM

Subject: Re: Request from Sarah Braasch

Dear Ms. Braasch,

I want to let you know I received your email and will be able to respond with information by Monday.

Sincerely,

Dean Cooley

From: Dean Lynn Cooley (email redacted)

To: Sarah Braasch (email redacted)

Date: June 4th, 2018, 2:21 pm

Subject: Re: Request from Sarah Braasch

Dear Ms. Braasch,

This is to let you know I have not carried out an investigation of the events in HGS in any formal sense. I have however been given information from the Yale Police Department regarding May 8th. Based on this, I believe we need to determine whether your actions failed to meet the Graduate School’s expectations for personal conduct. You will be receiving detailed information soon from Associate Dean Richard Sleight about the disciplinary procedure we have in place to make this determination, including the information we have received from the police. If you have any questions as the process unfolds, Dean Sleight will be available to answer them. The procedures also provide that a former member of the Committee on Regulations and Discipline shall be available to you for consultation. Dean Sleight will provide you with a list of former members and informed people who you may request to advise you. Professor Szabo or another member of the Philosophy Department may also be willing to advise you during the process.

I understand this is a very stressful time for you. I hope that moving through the disciplinary procedure will provide a way forward based on thoughtful consideration of the situation.

Sincerely,

Dean Cooley

From: Sarah Braasch (email redacted)

To: Dean Lynn Cooley, Graduate School (email redacted)

Date: June 4th, 2018, 3:07 pm

Subject: Request from Sarah Braasch

Dear Dean Cooley,
I’m in a state of complete and utter shock.  I literally cannot believe that this is happening to me.
Best,
Sarah Braasch

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Text from the March 9th, 2018 Yale Campus Police Report that I Filed with Officer Grace Schenkle about the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale

Below please find the text from the March 9th, 2018 Yale Campus Police Report that I filed with Officer Grace Schenkle, regarding everything that had occurred up until that point with respect to the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale. There are a few minor errors in this report, but it is largely correct, and Officer Schenkle was very kind to me. I do not believe that the few minor errors are anything other than simple human error. Officer Schenkle had her body camera in operation during our interview, so it will always be possible to go back to the video to determine what I actually said, if need be. Here is the text:

On 03/09/18 at 1602 hours, I met with Sarah Braasch (GRAD ’20) in the meeting room at the lobby of the Yale Police Department, 101 Ashmun Street, to discuss her concerns with regards to a previous complaint of a suspicious person at the Hall of Graduate Studies, 320 York Street, originally reported to the Yale Police Department on 02/24/18.

Upon meeting Braasch, she introduced herself and told me she is a fourth year Yale Graduate student in the philosophy department and primarily works out of the Yale Law School and the Old Campus for her classes and studies.  She also told me she is a licensed attorney who specializes in Civil Rights Law and works with various law groups at the Yale Law School.

Braasch currently resides at the Hall of Graduate Studies, 320 York Street, Room 1201.  This room is located in the HGS tower and is a “stand-alone” residential room on the twelfth floor.  There is one room across from hers, Room 1200, which is the HGS Graduate Housing Common Room.  This room remains locked and is only accessible by residents with their “building key” either from the door at this entry area or a door in an adjacent stairwell.  The elevator and a narrow staircase is also in this space. It is a small area, only two to three people, standing close to one another, could fit in this area at one time.

The residential areas HGS are only accessible with key access, including access to the common rooms, hallways, stairwells, and the elevator.  Any person not residing in these rooms should be escorted by their resident host.  

On 02/24/18, Braasch had been waiting alone on the first floor of HGS for the elevator to the tower. When the elevator arrived to the floor, an unknown male walked by her and entered the elevator just before her. Unaware if he was a resident, she said she waited a moment for him to use his “resident” key to activate the elevator but he did nothing.  She then used her key and pressed the button for the twelfth floor.  She asked him what floor he was going to and he said the twelfth.  She said they did not speak during the rest of the elevator ride.  When she got off the elevator, she did not feel comfortable entering her room with an unknown person beside her so she walked down the stairs to the eleventh floor.  She said she waited a moment and then walked up the other tower stairwell and entered the common room from that entry door.  She noted the common room was dark and empty.  She stood quietly near the Room 1201 door, which is directly across from her room, to listen if the man had left the area.  She exited the common room and walked towards her room when she saw the man standing on the stairwell landing between floors 11 and 12.  He asked her if she knew where the common room was located.  She told him it is the room she had just exited and that it I empty and dark and did not look like there was any event taking place.  She told him if he did not belong there, he should leave and the room can be accessed by residents with a key.  He told her he was a student.  Braasch said she told him he was “making her nervous and uncomfortable”, and he responded by “scoffing” at her remark, turning his head to the side and sighing. She then entered her room, leaving him on the stairwell landing.  A few minutes later, she contacted the Yale PD to report a suspicious person.  (Yale PD Dispatch confirmed the call came in on 02/24/18 at 1721 hours.)

She said she started by telling the dispatcher she didn’t know if this call needed the police to respond. (YPD Dispatch told me the dispatch was for a suspicious person in the HGS tower at the eleventh or twelfth floor. The man was described as a 25yo black male wearing a long black puffy coat and blue jeans.)  The dispatcher told her they would send police officers to check out the area.  (Yale PD Officers responded to area and since it was determined the man was a Yale student and a guest of a HGS resident, no report was written.)

Braasch said approximately forty-five minutes to an hour after she had contacted the Yale PD, a gathering had taken place at the common room across the hall.  She heard a few groups of two or three people speaking loudly, using obscenities, and mocking her.  One would say, “You’re making me nervous,” while another would respond, “Watch out, she’ll call the police.”  The comments were repeated two or three times by different people over a thirty minute time frame and they were probably waiting to leave on the elevator while they were doing this.  She believes the man who she had seen earlier had been at the gathering in the common room and told the attendees about their interaction which in turn incited their comments.  She said there were no direct threats or any knocking on her door but, at that time, she felt “trapped”, “harassed”, and was afraid to leave her room since she wanted to avoid confrontation.  She did not reply to them and remained in her room with the door closed.  Braasch does not know who the people were or how many people had been at the gathering in the common room.  While this was happening, Braasch sent an email to her HGS Housing Coordinators, Ester Sosa and Grant (unknown last name), advising them of the suspicious person incident and her current situation where she felt she could not leave her room.  Sosa responded to her via email and told her she had spoken to the man, his HGS resident host, and the Yale PD and that the man is a Yale student.  Grant did not respond.

Over the weekend, Braasch contacted Beth Bishop, and Kate St. Marie, both from Yale Graduate Housing via email.  She expressed her general concerns of resident safety, visitor access and events in Room 1201, and the specific incidents that had occurred on 02/24/18. On 02/26/18, Braasch met in person with Bishop and St. Marie who told her they “would handle this” with the residents and parties involved.

On 03/02/18, Braasch met with George Longyear, Director of Yale Graduate Housing, and Grant, the HGS Housing Coordinator.  During this meeting, Longyear told her the man she had encountered on 02/24/18, wrote a letter which implies that her behavior is motivated by racial animus and also implies that the response by the Yale PD was also motivated by racial animus.  He wanted her to be aware that it had been distributed to Yale Deans.  She states she would never behave in any manner motivated by racial animus.  She asked Longyear for a copy of the letter which he did not produce for her.  She believes this letter may be defaming her character.

On 03/05/18 and 03/07/18, Braasch sent emails to Longyear, Bishop, and St. Marie requesting a copy of the letter sent to Yale Deans.  Longyear responded, via email, for her to send her request to Yale Dean Michelle Nearon, Graduate Student Development and Diversity.  On 03/07/18 and 03/08/18, Nearon responded, via email, stating she is “looking very carefully into the details of concern and will get back to you next week”.

On 03/07/18, Braasch sent an email to the Yale PD requesting a possible meeting to discuss her concerns. On 03/08/18, Lt. Logan corresponded with her and advised her to come to the Yale PD on 03/09/18 to voice her concerns.

Braasch said she has had no contact or correspondence with the man she encountered on 02/24/18 or any other person, other than those stated in this report, regarding any of incidents on 02/24/18.  She said she is upset this letter may be defaming her character and Yale’s response to her concerns.  She may pursue legal options civilly with regards to the letter.

BWC was in use.  

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