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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Letter of Demand for Retraction and Apology to MSNBC and Joy Reid and Chris Hayes (also includes Tim Wise)

Notice to Cease and Desist and Notice of Demand for Retraction and Apology

May 13, 2019

Attorney Kimberley D. Harris, Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation, and General Counsel

NBCUniversal

30 Rockefeller Plaza

New York, NY 10112

Re:  Defamation of Character of Sarah Braasch on MSNBC

Attorney Harris:

First and foremost, as I made clear in my prior letter regarding NBC News, this letter serves as notice that the video recording made of me on May 8th, 2018, in my Yale University dormitory, the Hall of Graduate Studies, was made illegally, under Connecticut State Law, and the distribution of this video recording, either the audio or the video therefrom, or any part thereof, is illegal under Connecticut State Law, including under CT General Statutes, Chapter 952, Section 53A, Provisions 189 a and b.  I intend to pursue prosecution for the illegal distribution of this video recording to the full extent of the law.  The distribution of this illegal video recording is a felony under CT State Law, with a statute of limitations of 5 years.  I demand that you remove this video wherever it may have been posted by any agent of Comcast Corporation.  I demand that you remove any links to this video wherever these links may have been posted by any agent of Comcast Corporation.  

Attorney Sternlicht’s claims in his response letter dated May 7, 2019, that NBCUniversal’s distribution of this illegal video recording is not illegal are false.  Attorney Sternlicht claims that Connecticut is a one party state, which is false, but even if that were the case, it remains true that I had more than a reasonable expectation of privacy standing in the doorway of my dorm room on Yale’s campus at 2 am, and it remains true that the video recording of me from May 8th, 2018, is illegal under CT State Law, as I mentioned in my initial letter.  Once you have been made aware that the video recording is illegal, you are aware that you are illegally distributing an illegal video recording, and NBCUniversal has been made aware that the video recording is illegal.  And, Attorney Sternlicht’s claims that I consented to being both recorded and filmed are patently ridiculous.  I did not consent either to being filmed or recorded just because my attacker, Lolade Siyonbola, held up her cell phone, nor did I consent to being either filmed or recorded because my attacker told me she was placing the video recording on Facebook Live at the very end of the recording.  I did not hear her say this at the time, and even if I could have consented retroactively, I clearly did not, because, as Attorney Sternlicht notes, I was very clearly objecting to having my photo taken, which also makes clear that I was not aware, nor did I consent to being recorded or filmed.  Moreover, that Attorney Sternlicht would attempt to describe an illegal online campaign to publicly shame an older, disabled woman for her mental health disability by violating her privacy rights as a matter of public interest, justifying NBCUniversal’s illegal distribution of this video, is both asinine and reprehensible.  Moreover, Attorney Sternlicht’s claim that Staff Writer Erik Ortiz linking me to a police shooting of an unarmed black woman near Yale University is not defamatory and did not endanger my life and destroy my career and reputation and livelihood is, frankly, shocking.  

This letter serves as a demand that all Comcast Corporation agents cease and desist their grossly false and defamatory statements about me, Sarah Braasch, immediately.  This letter also serves as a demand that all Comcast Corporation agents who have made such grossly false and defamatory statements about me, including, but not limited to, MSNBC, Joy Reid, and Chris Hayes, immediately and publicly retract those statements and immediately and publicly apologize to me, Sarah Braasch, for having made those grossly false and defamatory statements.  

These grossly false and defamatory statements include, but are not limited to, the following:

MSNBC has produced a video, which grossly defames me as guilty of racial harassment.  This video is available on MSNBC’s website and their YouTube Channel, and has been widely viewed and distributed online.  On May 29th, 2018, while I was in hiding to save my own life, after I had to flee Yale’s campus while being taunted by a mob, and while I was receiving thousands upon thousands of death threats and threats of violence, including sexual violence, and while I was curled up in the fetal position in a state of literal physical shock, convulsing with the chills, terrified to leave my room, knowing that my life and career had been wrongfully destroyed, MSNBC aired a Town Hall called “Everyday Racism in America.”  During this defamatory broadcast, Joy Reid and Chris Hayes made grossly false and defamatory statements about me and what happened during the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale that can only be construed as an attempt to destroy my life and career as a human and civil rights licensed attorney activist and to bring about the death of an innocent civil rights activist and older disabled woman by either driving me to suicide or inciting my murder.  

Joy Reid and Chris Hayes concocted a grotesque fairy tale about what occurred, and what I had done, and what my motivations were, and who I am.

Chris Hayes begins by telling a straight up bald faced lie and trying to make it seem like I just happened to come across a random sleeping black person in the huge, ground floor common room of my Yale dorm in the middle of the night, instead of what actually happened, which was that the person who had been terrorizing me that evening and for months in my isolated dorm room was camped out immediately outside of my isolated dorm room, in the small, little used room next door, the only other room on that floor, at the top of a tower.  

Chris Hayes described the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax, of which I was the victim, as a trauma that I inflicted on my attacker, and he said that I othered her. 

I was the person who was being terrorized in my isolated dorm room that evening and for months.  I was the person who was being targeted for my sex, disability, age, and race.  I was the person who was traumatized.  I was the person who was being othered.  I was the person being policed.  I was the person being excluded from her own campus, from her own home.  

Chris Hayes actually asked my attacker what it was like to spend time in the common room of my Yale dorm after the video had gone viral, meaning the huge, ground floor common room of my Yale dorm.  This is a preposterous and gross and willful mischaracterization of the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale.  

Joy Reid asked my attacker, Lolade Siyonbola, if she had seen me on campus since May 8th, 2018, and what had occurred if she had.  Well, she wouldn’t have seen me on campus, because I had to immediately go into hiding for my personal safety.  I had to move into a part of the dorm that was under construction, where I wouldn’t be attacked.  I had to flee Yale’s campus for my personal safety, and I feared for my life while I was being taunted by a mob, while I was waiting, desperately, for my Uber.  

Joy Reid said that it feels like we’re back in the fight over whether black people are going to have access to public spaces, and she was referring specifically to me when she said this.  One of the key points of my legal and human and civil rights advocacy for years has been the desegregation of the public space.  This information is widely and readily available online, including in my bio on Yale’s Philosophy Department website.  In fact, my focus on the desegregation of the public space is why I chose to go work as a Human Rights Fellow at Ni Putes Ni Soumises in France, a women’s rights organization comprised primarily of women from the predominantly Muslim and North and Sub-Saharan African immigrant communities surrounding the major cities of France, for whom desegregation of the public space is a pillar of their movement.  This is information that is widely and readily available online, including in my bio on Yale’s Philosophy Department website.  Why didn’t I have the right to feel safe and to be free from harassment, stalking, and attacks in my own home, my isolated dorm room, and as I walked across campus?  

Of course, the entire panel and its assorted guests, a panel on Everyday Racism in America, in which I was included as an example of a racist who tries to get black and brown people killed by weaponizing the police, made grossly false and defamatory statement after statement about how what I did was racist, and how I was suspicious of my attacker, because of the color of her skin, and how I was trying to weaponize the police against black and brown people, and how I was trying to exclude black and brown people from my white space, and how I thought I had the authority to police my white space.  It was, frankly, grotesque.  It was a grotesque fairy tale concocted to endanger my life and destroy my lifelong career as an innocent human and civil rights licensed attorney activist.  

Tim Wise, the author of White Like Me:  Reflections on Race From a Privileged Son, said that I called the Yale campus police on my attacker, Lolade Siyonbola, with the knowledge of Tamir Rice’s death at the hands of the police, and he made the following, absolutely obscene statement about what I was thinking during the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale:

“My discomfort with you right now is worth more than the potential that your life could be snuffed in ten minutes.  Until that stops, nothing is going to change.”

I was literally in a state of shock, listening to this grotesque lie about me, about who I am, about what happened during the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale, about what I did, and about what my motivations were, while Joy Reid and Chris Hayes and the other panelists clapped and nodded in agreement. 

When Tim Wise says something like this about me on MSNBC, this can only be construed as an attempt to endanger my life and destroy my career and reputation and livelihood.  He is trying to get me killed by saying that I was trying to kill a black person by weaponizing the police, which is the most grotesque and disgusting lie imaginable.  

Then, Chris Hayes concocted a grotesque fairy tale immediately thereafter about what happened during the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale.  Chris Hayes explicitly states that I called 911, which is a bald faced lie.  Chris Hayes explicitly states that I never tried to speak to my attacker, Lolade Siyonbola, before calling the Yale campus police, which is a bald faced lie.  Chris Hayes explicitly states that I was so uncomfortable with my attacker, because of the color of her skin, that I didn’t even bother to try to speak to her before dialing 911, which is a straight up, bald faced lie.  

Joy Reid explicitly states that what I did was a nuisance call, and that there should be legal repercussions for what I did.  Then the panel discussed how much of this is the result of gentrification and white people moving into black communities.  I grew up among black and brown people in a racially integrated religious cult, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and the notion that I would regard a black or brown person as suspicious, because of the color of their skin is so ludicrous and asinine that it is too preposterous to be considered.  This is information that is widely and readily available online.  The panel also spoke about how all of these racist 911 callers who are trying to get black and brown people killed by weaponizing the police are motivated by Trump and Trump’s rhetoric, and how Trump unleashed our racism and empowered us to be racist.  I have only ever voted Democratic my entire adult life, and I was a vociferous anti-Trump advocate during the last presidential election. Again, this is information that is widely and readily available online.  

These are straight up, bald faced lies, on the part of Joy Reid, Chris Hayes, and MSNBC, meant to destroy my life, my career as a lifelong human and civil rights licensed attorney activist, and ruin my reputation and livelihood, with reckless disregard for the truth, lies which almost drove me to suicide and incited my murder.  

Moreover, the illegal video of me from May 8th, 2018, was made of me, illegally, and widely distributed online, illegally, for the purpose of shaming me for my disability, my mental health disability, including by MSNBC.  The fact that I was targeted for my mental health disability is made abundantly clear in the video itself, when my attacker repeatedly calls me psychotic and says that I should be put in a mental institution.  She also explicitly states that it was Yale who illegally fed her my personal information, including my mental health history, when she says that Yale knows that I’m crazy and that I should be institutionalized.  That MSNBC would participate in the cable news broadcast and online public shaming of a middle aged, disabled woman, who was made a target, because of her mental health disability, is reprehensible.  The most defamatory and disgusting thing that MSNBC did in producing this broadcast meant to destroy my life, a broadcast which almost drove me to suicide and incited my murder, was to purposely and purposefully omit those portions of the video that make it clear that my attacker was targeting me for my mental health disability, as well as those portions of the video where my attacker stigmatizes mental illness and makes clear that Yale was illegally feeding her my personal information, in gross violation of my privacy, including my mental health history.  

These are straight-up, bald-faced lies, on the part of Comcast Corporation, including MSNBC, Joy Reid, and Chris Hayes, meant to destroy my life, my career as a lifelong human and civil rights licensed attorney activist, and ruin my reputation and livelihood, with reckless disregard for the truth, lies which almost drove me to suicide and incited my murder.  Joy Reid and Chris Hayes lied on MSNBC about me.  They didn’t even try to find out the truth of what happened. They did not meet the bare minimum requirement with respect to their ethical and journalistic obligations to report the truth before they endangered and destroyed my life by telling lies about me on MSNBC, broadcast to the entire world.  

The damage to my life, reputation, livelihood, good name, and career are incalculable.  I was forced to flee my dorm room and then campus. I was suicidal for near a year and forced into hiding for my personal safety.  I continue to be defamed as a racist, including recently, by Erik Ortiz and NBC News.  I can’t even begin to count the death threats and threats of violence that I have received. I can’t even begin to count the number of instances of defamation as guilty of racial harassment that I have endured in the national and international news media, as well as on social media, including on MSNBC and including by Joy Reid and Chris Hayes.  My academic and legal and human and civil rights careers are over.  I will never be able to secure gainful employment.  I will no longer be able to support myself.  

I had been a lifelong human and civil rights licensed attorney activist who had devoted her life to undermining oppression in all of its many forms, including racism.  No one who has ever known me has ever heard or seen me say or do anything racist ever.  Everything that I had wished for my life is no longer possible. Everything that I had strived for my entire life has been destroyed, it has been stripped from me through no fault of my own.  

As a result, I immediately demand the following: 

  1. Comcast Corporation will remove the illegal video recording of me and any part thereof, wherever it exists, including all links thereto;  
  2. Comcast Corporation will retract and remove all grossly false and defamatory statements about me, wherever they exist, including all links thereto;
  3. Comcast Corporation will produce a statement, including an apology to me, and Comcast Corporation will explain the gross illegality of all other grossly false and defamatory statements about me, as well as their grossly false and defamatory character; this new statement will take the place of the former grossly false and defamatory statements, wherever they exist, including all links thereto;
  4. Comcast Corporation will issue a public apology to me for concluding that I acted with any racial animus or bias in connection with this incident, and stating that all the evidence known to Comcast Corporation suggests otherwise, and this public apology will be read on air on any broadcast that had previously aired grossly false and defamatory statements about me, including on MSNBC, and including by Joy Reid and Chris Hayes; and 
  5. Comcast Corporation will publicly announce that I have been publicly misrepresented as engaging in discriminatory misconduct, and this public announcement will be read on air on any broadcast that had previously aired grossly false and defamatory statements about me, including on MSNBC, and including by Joy Reid and Chris Hayes.  Indeed, my work at Yale and beyond evidence that I harbor no racial animus whatsoever.  To the contrary, I have dedicated myself to causes of social justice including the cause of eradicating all forms of discrimination. 

I expect a response from you in short order.

Sincerely, 

Sarah Braasch

cc:  Attorney David Sternlicht, Senior Vice President, NBCUniversal News Group, Legal

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Joy Reid and Chris Hayes of MSNBC Tried To Get Me Killed By Lying About Me For Money YouTube Channel Video Script

Below please find my YouTube Channel Video Script for the video: Joy Reid and Chris Hayes of MSNBC Tried to Get Me Killed by Lying About Me for Money.

On May 29th, 2018, while I was in hiding to save my own life, after I had to flee Yale’s campus while being taunted by a mob, and while I was receiving thousands upon thousands of death threats and threats of violence, including sexual violence, while I was curled up in the fetal position in a state of literal physical shock, convulsing with the chills, terrified to leave my room, knowing that my life and career had been wrongfully destroyed, MSNBC aired a Town Hall called “Everyday Racism in America” during which Joy Reid and Chris Hayes made grossly false and defamatory statements about me and what happened during the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale that can only be construed as an attempt to destroy my life and career as a human and civil rights licensed attorney activist and to bring about the death of an innocent civil rights activist and older disabled woman (my death) by either driving me to suicide or inciting my murder.  

Joy Reid and Chris Hayes concocted a grotesque fairy tale about what occurred, and what I had done, and what my motivations were, and who I am.

I was shocked that they included a portion of the illegal video of me from May 8th, 2018, the video in which my attacker, Lolade Siyonbola, makes clear that she was targeting me because of my mental health disability.  But, they failed to include the portions where my attacker, Lolade Siyonbola, makes clear that she was targeting me because of my mental health disability, and that Yale had been illegally feeding her my personal information, including my name and mental health history, and that she illegally distributed this illegal video of me to publicly shame me for my mental health disability.  So, Joy Reid and Chris Hayes and MSNBC were knowingly participating in an illegal campaign to shame an older, disabled woman for her mental health disability.  

Chris Hayes begins by telling a straight up bald faced lie and trying to make it seem like I just happened to come across a random sleeping black person in the huge, ground floor common room of my Yale dorm in the middle of the night, instead of what actually happened, which was that the person who had been terrorizing me that evening and for months in my isolated dorm room was camped out immediately outside of my isolated dorm room, in the small, little used room next door, the only other room on that floor, at the top of a tower.  

Chris Hayes described the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax, of which I was the victim, as a trauma that I inflicted on my attacker, and he said that I othered her. 

I want to let Chris Hayes know that I was the person who was being terrorized in my isolated dorm room that evening and for months.  I want to let Chris Hayes know that I was the person who was being targeted for my sex, disability, age, and, yes, race.  I was the person who was traumatized.  I was the person who was being othered.  I was the person being policed.  I was the person being excluded from her own campus, from her own home.  

Chris Hayes actually asked my attacker what it was like to spend time in the common room of my Yale dorm after the video had gone viral, meaning the huge, ground floor common room of my Yale dorm.  This is a preposterous and gross and willful mischaracterization of the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale.  

Joy Reid asked my attacker, Lolade Siyonbola, if she had seen me on campus since May 8th, 2018, and what had occurred if she had.  Well, Joy Reid, she wouldn’t have seen me on campus, because I had to immediately go into hiding for my personal safety.  I had to move into a part of the dorm that was under construction, where I wouldn’t be attacked, especially after pundits like Ijeoma Oluo called for me to be harassed and stalked in my own home, my isolated dorm room.  I had to flee Yale’s campus for my personal safety, and I feared for my life while I was being taunted by a mob, while I was waiting, desperately, for my uber.  

While listening to this video, this was the first time that I heard my attacker lie and say that one of my other attackers, Jean Louis Reneson, kept running into me after February 24th, 2018, which is a straight up, bald faced lie.  I never saw him again.  Let me repeat that.  I never saw him again.  She goes on to say that he was re-traumatized each time he saw me, and that every black student on Yale’s campus would be re-traumatized by seeing me on campus. This is a preposterous, disgusting, straight-up, bald-faced lie almost beyond belief.  

I thought it was very telling when my attacker, Lolade Siyonbola, said that she was supposed to leave that next day for Nigeria.  I knew and had made clear to the Yale Administration and the Yale Campus Police that the harassment and stalking and attacks against me were gaining in frequency and intensity, and I believed that this was because the end of the academic year was fast approaching and my attackers were becoming desperate to wreak their vengeance upon me for their delusional, jealous, and obsessive personal vendetta against me.  

On May 7th, I was up in the middle of the night, because I was trying desperately to pack up my belongings, clean my room, and flee my home, because I was terrified of being attacked.  I had made arrangements to stay with friends in NYC.  I had also been moving items into a storage unit in New Haven.  

Joy Reid said that it feels like we’re back in the fight over whether black people are going to have access to public spaces.  I want to let Joy Reid know that one of the key points of my legal and human and civil rights advocacy has been the desegregation of the public space.  I want her to know that that’s why I chose to go work as a Human Rights Fellow at Ni Putes Ni Soumises in France, a women’s rights organization comprised primarily of women from the predominantly Muslim immigrant communities surrounding the major cities of France, for whom desegregation of the public space is a pillar of their movement.  I want to ask Joy Reid why I didn’t have the right to feel safe and to be free from harassment, stalking, and attacks in my own home, my isolated dorm room, and as I walked across campus?  

Of course, the entire panel and its assorted guests, a panel on everyday racism in America, in which I was included as an example of a racist, made grossly false and defamatory statement after statement about how what I did was racist, and how I was suspicious of my attacker, because of the color of her skin, and how I was trying to weaponize the police against black and brown people, and how I was trying to exclude black and brown people from my white space, and how I thought I had the authority to police my white space.  It was, frankly, grotesque.  It was a grotesque fairy tale concocted to endanger my life and destroy my lifelong career as an innocent human and civil rights licensed attorney activist.  

Tim Wise, the author of White Like Me:  Reflections on Race From a Privileged Son, said that I called the Yale campus police on my attacker, Lolade Siyonbola, with the knowledge of Tamir Rice’s death at the hands of the police, and he made the following, absolutely obscene statement about what I was thinking during the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale:

“My discomfort with you right now is worth more than the potential that your life could be snuffed in ten minutes.  Until that stops, nothing is going to change.”

I am literally in a state of shock right now, listening to this grotesque lie about me, about who I am, about what happened during the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale, about what I did, and about what my motivations were.  

When Tim Wise says something like this about me on MSNBC, this can only be construed as an attempt to endanger my life and destroy my career.  He is trying to get me killed by saying that I was trying to kill a black person by weaponizing the police, which is the most grotesque and disgusting lie imaginable.  

Then, Chris Hayes concocted a grotesque fairy tale immediately thereafter about what happened during the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale.

Chris Hayes explicitly states that I called 911, which is a bald faced lie.

Chris Hayes explicitly states that I never tried to speak to my attacker, Lolade Siyonbola, before calling the Yale campus police, which is a bald faced lie.  

Chris Hayes explicitly states that I was so uncomfortable with my attacker, because of the color of her skin, which is why I didn’t even bother to try to speak to her before dialing 911, which is a straight up, bald faced lie.

Joy Reid explicitly states that what I did was a nuisance call, and that there should be legal repercussions for what I did.  

Then the panel discussed how much of this is the result of gentrification and white people moving into black communities.  

I just want to let Joy Reid and Chris Hayes and Tim Wise and MSNBC know that I grew up among black and brown people in a racially integrated religious cult, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and the notion that I would regard a black or brown person as suspicious, because of the color of their skin is so ludicrous and asinine that it is too preposterous to be considered, except as an indication of how stupid someone is.  

The panel also spoke about how all of these racist 911 callers who are trying to get black and brown people killed by weaponizing the police are motivated by Trump and Trump’s rhetoric, and how Trump unleashed our racism and empowered us to be racist.  

These are all straight up, bald faced lies meant to destroy my life and career as a lifelong and innocent human and civil rights licensed attorney activist and to bring about my death by either driving me to suicide or inciting my murder.  

I have a message for Joy Reid and Chris Hayes and Tim Wise and MSNBC:

I hope selling your souls was worth it.  You are evil. You are evil.  You need to ask God for forgiveness.

You destroyed the Living While Black movement.  It is because of charlatans and frauds like you, who tell lies and broadcast lies to the world for moral outrage industry profit and gain, no matter how many innocent lives you destroy and no matter how many innocent people you get killed, that the Living While Black movement no longer exists.  

You are the racists. You are the bigots.  You are the ones who participated in the illegal campaign to publicly shame an older, poor, disabled woman for her mental health disability.  

You are the ones who turned the Living While Black movement into the Great Racist Scare of 2018.  You are the ones who turned the Living While Black movement into a blood sport of trying to get older, poor, white women with obvious or seeming mental health disabilities killed for moral outrage industry profit and gain.  

You chose them for your victims, because you thought that they were too weak and too poor and too disabled to fight back.  Well, I want to let you know that I’m going to fight back.  I’m not going to let you get away with your bigotry and your mercenary and venal wrongdoing.  

Shame on you. Shame.  I don’t know how you live with yourselves.  

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The ACLU is Continuing Their Illegal Campaign to Try to Get Me Killed and to Publicly Shame Me for My Mental Health Disability

I just wanted to write a quick post to let the whole world know that I heard back from the ACLU, after I sent them a letter, informing them that their distribution of the illegal video recording of me from May 8th, 2018, is grossly illegal, and to demand that they retract their grossly false and defamatory claims about me, and to demand that they cease and desist in their illegal campaign to publicly shame an older, disabled woman for her mental health disability.

The ACLU told me that they are continuing their illegal campaign to try to get an innocent and lifelong human and civil rights licensed attorney activist and older, poor, disabled woman (me) killed. The ACLU told me that they are continuing their illegal campaign to publicly shame an older, poor, disabled woman (me) for her mental health disability.

Apparently, the ACLU is disavowing their disability rights and privacy rights campaigns.

Apparently, the ACLU is disavowing its once proud legacy of defending the civil liberties of one and all.

No one should join the ACLU. No one should support the ACLU.

The ACLU is an entirely evil organization that publicly shames older, poor, disabled women for their mental health disabilities for moral outrage industry money and gain.

The ACLU destroyed the Living While Black movement by turning it into a blood sport of trying to get older, poor, disabled white women with obvious or seeming mental health disabilities killed for moral outrage industry money and gain.

The ACLU are charlatans and frauds.

The ACLU should shutter themselves in shame. They have exposed themselves as bigots who don’t care if they destroy innocent persons’ lives and who don’t care if they get innocent persons killed, as long as they make moral outrage money off of their corpses.

Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar of The View on ABC Tried to Get Me Killed by Lying About Me for Money YouTube Channel Video Script

On May 11th, 2018, The View aired a segment on ABC during which Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, and Sunny Hostin made grossly false and defamatory statements about me and what happened during the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax at Yale that can only be construed as an attempt to destroy my life and career as a human and civil rights licensed attorney activist and to bring about the death of an innocent civil rights activist and older disabled woman (my death) by either driving me to suicide or inciting my murder.  

Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin concocted a grotesque fairy tale about what occurred, and what I had done, and what my motivations were, and who I am.

I was shocked that they actually included a portion of the illegal video of me from May 8th, 2018, where my attacker, Lolade Siyonbola, makes clear that she was targeting me because of my mental health disability.  So, Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin and The View and ABC were knowingly participating in an illegal campaign to shame an older, disabled woman for her mental health disability.  

Whoopi Goldberg explicitly states that I called the police, because I found a black Yale graduate student sleeping in the common room of my dorm, meaning the huge, ground floor common room of the dorm.  This is a straight up, bald faced lie.  

Both Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar explicitly state that I was motivated by racial bias.  This is a straight up, bald faced lie.  

Whoopi Goldberg explicitly states that she thought the US had “moved past” my obviously racist actions and my not wanting black people in my white space.  This is a straight up, bald faced lie.  

Both Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar explicitly state that I was motivated by President Trump’s rhetoric, which “rots from the top” and “unleashed the worst parts of me.”  This is a straight up, bald faced lie.  

Joy Behar explicitly states that I was “up at 130 in the morning, patrolling the area,” meaning that I was trolling the huge, ground floor common room of my dorm for random sleeping black people on whom to call the police, because I’m a racist who hates black people.  This is a straight up, bald faced lie.  

(When actually I was being terrorized in my isolated dorm room at the top of a tower that evening and for months by my attackers.)

Joy Behar asked, “What’s with her?”

Sonny Hostin asked, “Is she the dorm police?”

Joy Behar asked, “What’s this other one doing?”

Then, they all laughed, because, apparently, it’s funny to drive an innocent civil rights activist to suicide for money.  

Someone then says, “The idea that you go from 0 to 911 every time something goes wrong.”

These are straight up, bald faced lies meant to destroy my life and career as a human and civil rights licensed attorney activist and to bring about my death, by either driving me to suicide or inciting my murder.  

Sunny Hostin then speaks at length about how I was motivated by racial bias, that what I did was a micro-aggression, and that I was suspicious of my attacker because of the color of her skin.  These are straight up, bald faced lies.  

Sunny Hostin then says that my attacker was either arrested or detained by police for sleeping in her dorm room.  This is a straight up, bald faced lie.  

Then, Whoopi Goldberg says that “something else has been unleashed in the country.”

Whoopi Goldberg says that my racist behavior came from Trump and was motivated by Trump.  

Whoopi Goldberg says, “I feel that he’s given people permission to say whatever they want.”

Then, Whoopi Goldberg says that I engaged in bad behavior.

Whoopi Goldberg says that I “called the police from the first beat,” without even trying to talk to my attacker first.  

Whoopi Goldberg says, “Go and ask.”  As if I didn’t do exactly that.  

These are all straight up, bald faced lies meant to destroy my life and career as a lifelong and innocent human and civil rights licensed attorney activist and to bring about my death by either driving me to suicide or inciting my murder.  

On July 9, 2018, The View had another Living While Black segment, and during the entire segment they had a screen shot of me from the illegally recorded and distributed video of me from May 8th, 2018, meant to shame me for my mental health disability, blown up on the screen behind the hosts, where I am mid-sentence, so my mouth is open, to make it look like I’m yelling and screaming, when I did nothing of the kind.  This is the vilest behavior imaginable.  

I have a message for The View and for ABC and for Whoopi Goldberg and for Joy Behar and for Sunny Hostin.

I hope selling your souls was worth it.  You are evil. You are evil.  You need to ask God for forgiveness.

You destroyed the Living While Black movement.  It is because of charlatans and frauds like you, who tell lies and broadcast lies to the world for moral outrage industry profit and gain, no matter how many innocent lives you destroy and no matter how many innocent people you get killed, that the Living While Black movement no longer exists.  

You are the racists. You are the bigots.  

You are the ones who turned the Living While Black movement into the Great Racist Scare of 2018.  You are the ones who turned the Living While Black movement into a blood sport of trying to get older, poor, white women with obvious or seeming mental health disabilities killed for moral outrage industry profit and gain.  

Shame on you. Shame.  I don’t know how you live with yourselves.  

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Appeal to the Federal Office for Civil Rights, Asking The OCR to Open an Investigation at Yale

Below please find the primary text of my appeal to the Federal Office for Civil Rights, asking them to open an investigation into Yale University’s gross violations of civil rights law during the Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax:

The OCR’s letter dismissing the complaint only indicates that I am alleging that University Officials harassed me and retaliated against me on the basis of race, sex, disability, and age, AFTER May 8th, 2018.  This is incorrect.  I am alleging that University Officials and the Campus Police harassed me and retaliated against me on the basis of race, sex, disability, and age, BETWEEN AND ON the dates of February 24th, 2018, and May 8th, 2018.  

I am explicitly alleging that University Officials and the Yale Campus Police participated in the harassment and retaliation against me on and between these dates, and that University Officials and the Campus Police assisted my attackers, Lolade Siyonbola and Jean Louis Reneson, and others, in harassing me and retaliating against me on the basis of race, sex, disability, and age between and on these dates.

This is made clear in the illegal video recording of me, made on May 8th, 2018, which was widely distributed around the world to shame me for my mental health disabilty, when my attacker, Lolade Siyonbola, repeatedly states that I’m psychotic and crazy and that I should be put in a mental institution, and repeatedly states that Yale knows that I’m psychotic and crazy and that I should be put in a mental institution.  I was being targeted as the victim of harassment and retaliation on the basis of my mental health disability by both my student and Resident Coordinator attackers AND University Officials AND the Campus Police.  The illegal video recording of me makes more than clear that my attacker was intimately familiar with who I was.  She knew all of these personal details of my life, even though she had never met me, because Yale was illegally feeding her my personal information, including my mental health history, a fact which she also makes clear in the illegally recorded and distributed video.  Additionally, Provost Stephanie Spangler accidentally revealed to me when I met with her in March & April, 2018, that Yale was illegally feeding my personal information to my attackers, including my name and my mental health history.  

I am alleging that, as told to me by Housing Director George Longyear on March 2nd, 2018, Yale Deans, including Grad School Dean Lynn Cooley and Grad School Diversity Dean Michelle Nearon, and others, harassed and retaliated against me on the basis of race, sex, disability, and age, between the dates of February 24th, and March 2nd, 2018, and that this harassment and retaliation continued thereafter and continues to this day.  

By March 2nd, 2018, I had been fully exonerated by the Housing Managers for the February 24th, 2018 incident.  The Housing Managers told me that not only had I done absolutely nothing wrong, but that I was the only person involved who had done nothing wrong.  Moreover, I was the person who was terrorized in my isolated dorm room on the evening of February 24th, 2018.  The Deans who harassed and retaliated against me on the basis of race, sex, disability, and age thereafter knew that I was entirely innocent of racial harassment.  They were not harassing me and retaliating against me, because they believed that I had been accused of or had perpetrated racial harassment.  They were harassing me and retaliating against me on the basis of race, sex, disability, and age.  This harassment and retaliation took the form of them determining that I should participate in a town hall, during which I was supposed to publicly declare myself a racist, as well as undergo implicit bias training.  This harassment and retaliation also took the form of them spreading across campus that I was guilty of racial harassment, as was told me by the Housing Director, when he told me that the allegations against me were “going around” and “gaining traction,” including by a group of Deans. I experienced walking across campus on multiple occasions and overhearing myself being discussed as a racist who should be kicked off campus and thrown out of school.  I am alleging that these Deans desired to publicly brand me a racist to destroy my lifelong career as a human and civil rights licensed attorney activist to harass and retaliate against me on the basis of race, sex, disability, and age.  

I am alleging that when Grad School Diversity Dean Michelle Nearon told me, via email, that not only did she have no interest in addressing the fact that I had been and was still being harassed and stalked on campus on the basis of race, disability, sex, and age, but also that if I had any concerns for my personal safety on campus that I should move out of my home and leave campus, that this was harassment and retaliation against me on the basis of race, disability, sex, and age.  I told Dean Nearon as much via email.  I am alleging that after I threatened to take civil legal action to protect my rights and interests, Dean Michelle Nearon’s refusal to meet with me on the record and refusal to work with me in writing and refusal to help me restore my good name and reputation on campus, while I was being defamed across campus as guilty of racial harassment, was harassment and retaliation against me on the basis of race, disability, sex, and age. I told Dean Nearon as much via email. 

I am alleging that the Administration’s and the Campus Police’s refusals to do anything to protect me and to make me safe in my isolated dorm room and on campus BETWEEN February 24th, 2018, and May 8th, 2018, was harassment and retaliation on the basis of race, sex, disability, and age.  They knew who my attackers were, and they not only did nothing to stop them, but they also assisted my attackers in harassing me and retaliating against me on the basis of race, sex, disability, and age.  

Yale’s recent farcical Title VI Review Report, which further defames me and is a further instance of retaliation and harassment against me on the basis of race, sex, disability, and age does clarify the follow:  “Race-based D&H falls under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 . . . universities receiving federal funds cannot discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color or national origin, either directly or indirectly.” This means that the Administration’s and the Campus Police’s outright refusals to do anything about the harassment and stalking that I was enduring in my dorm room in on campus housing and as I walked across campus was itself harassment and retaliation on the basis of race, sex, disability, and age.   

I am alleging that after I threatened to take civil legal action to protect my rights and interests, Yale General Counsel Attorney Caroline Hendel’s refusal to help me in any way, and her insistence that I deal with Dean Nearon, after I told Attorney Hendel that I believed Dean Nearon was in gross violation of Title IX and ADA regulations, and after I told her that Dean Nearon had expressed callous disregard for my personal safety on campus, was harassment and retaliation against me on the basis of race, disability, sex, and age.  I told Attorney Hendel as much via email.  This occurred in March, 2018.  

I also wish to make clear that the Yale Campus Police Department considers itself a private force hired by Yale University, and they often attempt to circumvent their obligations to the general public by claiming such, including FOIA requests.  They are agents of Yale University.  As such, given that Yale University receives federal funding, the Campus Police cannot discriminate on the basis of race, sex, disability, and age. I am alleging that the Campus Police grossly discriminated and harassed and retaliated against me on the basis of race, age, disability, and sex, as I detailed in my original complaint to the OCR. The OCR should open an investigation into the illegal acts of the Campus Police.  The OCR’s letter dismissing the complaint failed to address any of these gross violations.  

The OCR’s letter dismissing the complaint claims that the harassment and stalking and retaliation and discrimination that I have endured from students, Resident Coordinators, University Officials, and the Campus Police, cannot be taken to have been on the basis of race, sex, disability, or age, because this is too speculative.  Frankly, I find this claim to be preposterous.  First and foremost, as I made clear above, the harassment, discrimination, and retaliation need not be direct; it may be indirect as well.  I am alleging both direct and indirect harassment, stalking, discrimination, and retaliation on the part of students, Resident Coordinators, University Officials, and the Campus Police.  

It could not be clearer that I was being harassed and stalked, in my dorm room and as I walked across campus, on the basis of my mental health disability.  As I mention above, the illegal video recording of me on May 8th, 2018, makes this more than clear.  Additionally, my attackers made it more than clear in their global defamation campaign that they waged against me immediately following the May 8th, 2018 incident, that they had always been targeting me due to my mental health disability, and that Yale was not only aware of this fact, but that the Yale Administration also assisted them in their efforts.  For the OCR to state that it’s too speculative to infer that I was being targeted on the basis of my mental health disability by students, Resident Coordinators, University Officials, and the Yale Campus Police, both directly and indirectly, is ludicrous.  

On February 24th, 2018, I made clear to my attacker, Jean Louis Reneson, that I was asking him to leave, because I was a woman, alone, and he had followed me up to my isolated dorm room to gain unauthorized access to the 12thfloor of the tower of the Hall of Graduate Studies.  I could not have made this clearer.  It was out of concern for my personal safety, as a woman living alone in an isolated dorm room, that I called the non-emergency helpline of the Yale Campus Police on February 24th, 2018.  I could not have made this fact clearer to everyone involved, including the Yale Administration, Yale Housing, and the Yale Campus Police.  This fact is reiterated in my Yale Campus Police report dated March 9th, 2018, and filed with Yale Campus Police Officer Grace Schenkle. Again, the Housing Managers investigated the February 24th, 2018 incident and fully exonerated me.  They told me that they would discipline the Resident Coordinators for not having handled the situation properly.  I am repeating these facts, because I want to make clear that the students involved, the Resident Coordinators, the University Officials, and the Yale Campus Police Department harassed and stalked me, discriminated against me, and retaliated against me, not because they believed that I had been accused of or had perpetrated racial harassment, but due to my race, sex, disability, and age.  Everyone knew that I had NOT perpetrated racial harassment.  I was being harassed and stalked and attacked, discriminated and retaliated against, because I had dared to assert my rights to be safe on Yale’s campus, as an older, disabled woman, by telling a man who had followed me up to my isolated dorm room, and who had clearly gained unauthorized access thereto, to leave, and because I had called the non emergency helpline of the Yale Campus Police, and because I had taken reasonable precautions to enter my dorm room safely.  And, moreover, I was being discriminated and retaliated against, by University Officials, when I asserted that they were in gross violation of Federal Civil Rights Laws by engaging in such discrimination and retaliation and direct and indirect harassment and stalking and attacks.  (As I made clear in my complaint to the OCR, the Yale Administration jumped at the chance to expel me again, as they had tried to do in Spring, 2015.)

I made clear to Yale Housing, the Yale Administration, and the Yale Campus Police Department that I had grave concerns that Yale was taking the position that an older, disabled woman who lives alone in an isolated dorm room in Yale’s on campus graduate student housing does not have the right to take reasonable precautions to ensure that she can enter her isolated dorm room safely; that she does not have the right to tell a man who followed her up to her isolated dorm room to gain unauthorized access thereto to leave; that she does not have the right to call the non emergency helpline of the Yale Campus Police when she is followed by a man up to her isolated dorm room, a man who had clearly gained unauthorized access thereto.  The notion that it is too speculative to infer that I was being discriminated against, harassed and stalked, and retaliated against on the basis of sex is preposterous.  

I made clear to Dean Nearon via email that I took her refusals to address the harassment and stalking and attacks against me as gross violations of Title IX and the ADA.  I made clear to Attorney Hendel that I took her refusals to address the harassment and stalking and attacks against me as gross violations of Title IX and the ADA, as well as her insistence that I deal with Dean Nearon, after I had made clear that I believed Dean Nearon to be in gross violation of Title IX and the ADA.  I made clear to Provost Spangler and Associate Provost Cynthia Smith and Yale Campus Police Chief Ronnell Higgins that I took Dean Nearon and Attorney Hendel and Sergeant Robbins-Hoffman and Yale Housing and the Yale Campus Police Department to be in gross violation of Title IX and the ADA. The notion that it is too speculative to infer that I was being discriminated against, harassed and stalked and attacked, and retaliated against on the basis of race, sex, disability, and age is preposterous.

Moreover, the May 8th, 2018 incident and subsequent global defamation campaign against me took place at the apex of the Living While Black movement.  It is more than clear from the statements of my attackers subsequent to the May 8th, 2018 incident, as well as the statements of University Officials, that they had every intention of taking full advantage of the Living While Black narrative to destroy my life and career, as well as drive me to suicide and incite my murder.  They, including University Officials, had every intention of globally and publicly branding me a racist, not because they knew that I had been accused of or had perpetrated racial harassment, but to target me for my race, sex, diability, and age.  For the OCR to suggest that it is too speculative to infer that I was harassed and stalked and attacked, and discriminated and retaliated against, including by University Officials and the Yale Campus Police department, on the basis of race, sex, disability, and age, is, quite frankly, preposterous.  Quite frankly, I was the victim of a hate crime hoax, and the Yale Administration and the Yale Campus Police were complicit.  

Finally, the OCR’s statement that I was not engaged in a protected activity is preposterous.  I was very clearly engaged in a protected activity, was a member of multiple protected classes, was being targeted because of my membership in those protected classes, and suffered adverse actions by Yale University, which adversely affected my ability to participate in those protected activities.  The OCR claims that being accused of having perpetrated racial harassment is not a protected activity.  The notion that this was the protected activity in which I was engaged is ludicrous. Clearly, I was engaged in the protected activity of studying, living, and working on Yale’s campus, as an older, disabled white woman.  Clearly, the protected activity I was engaged in was walking across campus while being free from discrimination and harassment and stalking and attacks on the basis of my race, sex, disability, and age.  Clearly, I was engaged in the protected activity of living in Yale’s on campus housing while being free from discrimination and harassment and stalking and attacks and retaliation on the basis of my race, sex, disability, and age. Clearly, I was engaged in the protected activity of having the right to tell a man who had followed me up to my isolated dorm room and gained unauthorized access thereto to leave. Clearly, I was engaged in the protected activity of having the right to call the non emergency helpline of the Yale Campus Police after having been followed up to my isolated dorm room by a man who had clearly gained unauthorized access thereto.  Clearly, I was engaged in the protected activity of pursuing my academic and occupational goals as a graduate student at Yale University without being attacked and harassed and discriminated against and retaliated against by University Officials and the Yale Campus Police department on the basis of race, age, disability, and sex.  

I suffered untold adverse actions by University Officials and the Yale Campus Police Department. They destroyed my life and career. They ruined my reputation and livelihood.  They almost drove me to suicide and almost incited my murder.  They made grossly false and wrongful and defamatory public statements about me.  They wrongfully charged me with racial harassment, even though they knew I was entirely innocent, and they did this due to my race, sex, disability, and age. They wrongfully banned me from campus. They wrongfully banned me from teaching at Yale.  I will not now be able to complete a crucial component of my dissertation – the empirical social psychological study on the nature of authority and the nature of the relationship between authority and legitimacy.  These bans remain in effect to this day.  I almost died, because of what they did to me.  I will never be able to secure gainful employment.  I will never be able to support myself.  My human and civil rights and legal and academic careers are over, through no fault of my own.  My life has been completely and utterly devastated, because of what they did to me, and I am asking the Federal Office for Civil Rights to open an investigation at Yale University for these reasons.  Please do the right thing and help me.  

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Letter to Kimberley D. Harris, General Counsel for NBCUniversal, Demanding a Retraction and Apology and as Notice of the Illegal Distribution of the Illegal Video Recording of Me

Notice to Cease and Desist and Notice of Demand for Retraction and Apology

April 27, 2019

Attorney Kimberley D. Harris, Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation, and General Counsel

NBCUniversal

30 Rockefeller Plaza

New York, NY 10112

Re:  Defamation of Character of Sarah Braasch

Attorney Harris:

First and foremost, this letter serves as notice that the video recording made of me on May 8th, 2018, in my Yale University dormitory, the Hall of Graduate Studies, was made illegally, under Connecticut State Law, and the distribution of this video recording, either the audio or the video therefrom, or any part thereof, is illegal under Connecticut State Law, including under CT General Statutes, Chapter 952, Section 53A, Provisions 189 a and b.  I intend to pursue prosecution for the illegal distribution of this video recording to the full extent of the law.  The distribution of this illegal video recording is a felony under CT State Law, with a statute of limitations of 5 years.  I demand that you remove this video wherever it may have been posted by any agent of Comcast Corporation.  I demand that you remove any links to this video wherever these links may have been posted by any agent of Comcast Corporation.  

This letter serves as a demand that all Comcast Corporation agents cease and desist their grossly false and defamatory statements about me, Sarah Braasch, immediately.  This letter also serves as a demand that all Comcast Corporation agents who have made such grossly false and defamatory statements about me, including, but not limited to, NBC News, Ron Allen, and Erik Ortiz, immediately and publicly retract those statements and immediately and publicly apologize to me, Sarah Braasch, for having made those grossly false and defamatory statements.  

These grossly false and defamatory statements include, but are not limited to, the following:

NBC Nightly News has produced a broadcast video, dated May 10th, 2018, which grossly defames me as guilty of racial harassment.  This video is available on NBC’s website and their YouTube Channel, and has been widely viewed and distributed online.  Ron Allen of NBC Nightly News explicitly states in the video that I reported the woman whom I had encountered in the small common room next to my isolated dorm room to the Yale campus police, because I regarded her as suspicious, because she looked different than me, because of the color of her skin.  Ron Allen of NBC Nightly News explicitly states in the video that my call to the Yale campus police was unjustified, because the woman whom I had encountered, was, according to NBC Nightly News, doing nothing wrong.  Ron Allen of NBC Nightly News explicitly states in the video that I was motivated by racial bias.  These are straight up, bald faced lies, on the part of Ron Allen and NBC Nightly News, meant to destroy my life, my career as a lifelong human and civil rights licensed attorney activist, and ruin my reputation and livelihood, with reckless disregard for the truth, lies which almost drove me to suicide and incited my murder.  

Moreover, this video was made of me, illegally, and widely distributed online, illegally, for the purpose of shaming me for my disability, my mental health disability, including by NBC News.  The fact that I was targeted for my mental health disability is made abundantly clear in the video itself, when my attacker repeatedly calls me psychotic and says that I should be put in a mental institution.  She also explicitly states that it was Yale who illegally fed her my personal information, including my mental health history, when she says that Yale knows that I’m crazy and that I should be institutionalized. That NBC News would participate in the network news broadcast and online public shaming of a middle aged, disabled woman, who was made a target, because of her mental health disability, is reprehensible.  The most defamatory and disgusting thing that NBC News did in producing this broadcast video meant to destroy my life, a broadcast video which almost drove me to suicide and incited my murder, was to purposely and purposefully omit those portions of the video that make it clear that my attacker was targeting me for my mental health disability, as well as those portions of the video where my attacker stigmatizes mental illness and makes clear that Yale was illegally feeding her my personal information, in gross violation of my privacy, including my mental health history.  

Additionally, NBC News Staff Writer Erik Ortiz has written a grossly and egregiously defamatory article titled, “Police shooting near Yale exposes complex racial divide,” which is dated April 24th, 2019, and includes a link to the grossly false and defamatory NBC Nightly News broadcast video with Ron Allen, dated May 10th, 2018.  It is difficult to believe that NBC News would do something so vile and defamatory as to link an innocent civil rights activist and older disabled woman, who is the victim of a campaign of harassment and stalking, in part due to her mental health disability, facts which are common knowledge, to a police shooting of a black woman near Yale that sparked protests about racism and police brutality.  NBC News Staff Writer Erik Ortiz explicitly states that I am the reason why there is not a better relationship between the Yale Campus Police Department and the black communities surrounding Yale University.  This is a straight up, bald faced lie, on the part of NBC News, meant to destroy my life, my career as a lifelong human and civil rights licensed attorney activist, and ruin my reputation and livelihood, with reckless disregard for the truth, a lie which almost drove me to suicide and incited my murder.  

These are straight-up, bald-faced lies, on the part of Comcast Corporation, including NBC News, Ron Allen, and Erik Ortiz, meant to destroy my life, my career as a lifelong human and civil rights licensed attorney activist, and ruin my reputation and livelihood, with reckless disregard for the truth, lies which almost drove me to suicide and incited my murder.  Ron Allen lied on NBC Nightly News about me.  He didn’t even try to find out the truth of what happened.  He did not meet the bare minimum requirement with respect to his ethical and journalistic obligations to report the truth before he endangered and destroyed my life by telling lies about me on NBC Nightly News, broadcast to the entire world.  

The damage to my life, reputation, livelihood, good name, and career are incalculable.  I was forced to flee my dorm room and then campus. I was suicidal for near a year and forced into hiding for my personal safety.  I continue to be defamed as a racist, including this week, by Erik Ortiz and NBC News.  I can’t even begin to count the death threats and threats of violence that I have received. I can’t even begin to count the number of instances of defamation as guilty of racial harassment that I have endured in the national and international news media, as well as on social media, including on NBC News and by Ron Allen and Erik Ortiz.  My academic and legal and human and civil rights careers are over.  I will never be able to secure gainful employment.  I will no longer be able to support myself.  

I had been a lifelong human and civil rights licensed attorney activist who had devoted her life to undermining oppression in all of its many forms, including racism.  No one who has ever known me has ever heard or seen me say or do anything racist ever.  Everything that I had wished for my life is no longer possible. Everything that I had strived for my entire life has been destroyed, it has been stripped from me through no fault of my own.  

As a result, I immediately demand the following: 

  1. Comcast Corporation will remove the illegal video recording of me and any part thereof, wherever it exists, including all links thereto;  

  2. Comcast Corporation will retract and remove all grossly false and defamatory statements about me, wherever they exist, including all links thereto;
  3. Comcast Corporation will produce a statement, including an apology to me, and Comcast Corporation will explain the gross illegality of all other grossly false and defamatory statements about me, as well as their grossly false and defamatory character; this new statement will take the place of the former grossly false and defamatory statements, wherever they exist, including all links thereto;
  4. Comcast Corporation will issue a public apology to me for concluding that I acted with any
racial animus or bias in connection with this incident, and stating that all the evidence known to Comcast Corporation suggests otherwise, and this public apology will be read on air on any broadcast that had previously aired grossly false and defamatory statements about me, including on NBC Nightly News, and including by Ron Allen; and 

  5. Comcast Corporation will publicly announce that I have been publicly misrepresented as engaging in
discriminatory misconduct, and this public announcement will be read on air on any broadcast that had previously aired grossly false and defamatory statements about me, including on NBC Nightly News, and including by Ron Allen.  Indeed my work at Yale and beyond evidence that I harbor no racial animus whatsoever.  To the contrary, I have dedicated myself to causes of social justice including the cause of eradicating all forms of discrimination. 


I expect a response from you in short order.

Sincerely, 

Sarah Braasch

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