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. 

If you wish to support me, as I seek justice, it would mean the world to me. Here are my PayPalMe and GoFundMe links. 

PayPalMe:  https://www.paypal.me/SarahBraasch

GoFundMe:  https://www.gofundme.com/sarah-braasch-legal-fund

You can follow me on twitter here:  https://twitter.com/sarahbraasch1?lang=en

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CT Freedom of Information Act Commission Hearing on Oct 3rd in Hartford and Request for Donations to my Legal Fund YouTube Channel Video Script

Below please find my YouTube Channel video script for my CT Freedom of Information Act Commission Hearing on Oct 3rd in Hartford and Request for Donations to my Legal Fund YouTube Channel Video:

Hi, This is Sarah Braasch. Welcome or welcome back to my channel. I know it’s been a long time since I posted a new video.  So much has been happening.  Most of you probably follow me on twitter, so you know.  I’ll do a complete update video on where I’m at as far as saving my life and human and civil rights career goes, but today I want to address a specific and very important event that is fast approaching.  

A couple of days ago I received a notice from the CT Freedom of Information Act Commission, with respect to my appeal.  I had requested the May 8th, 2018 Yale Police Department body camera footage of me only from the Yale Police Department, with the intent of releasing this footage to the public, because it exonerates me and exposes Yale’s grossly illegal misconduct towards me, including their complicity in the now notorious Living or Napping While Black Hate Crime Hoax.

They Yale Police Department refused my request for obvious reasons.  They of course would not like to have it revealed that they grossly violated my Federal Civil Rights and perpetrated a Hate Crime Hoax against one of their own students, as well as participated in an illegal online campaign to publicly shame this student for her mental health disabilities.  

So, the notice I received from the CT FOIA Commission indicated that a hearing has been set on October 3rd, 2019, in Hartford, CT.  I have identified my legal representation, but, unfortunately, I have not been able to secure sufficient funds to cement an attorney client relationship with them.  For this reason, it looks like I will have to fly to Hartford, CT to attend the hearing myself and represent myself in this matter, in order to obtain the Yale Police body camera footage, for the purpose of releasing it to the public, to exonerate myself and to expose Yale’s gross wrongdoing.  

If Yale forces me to take this step, and to leave my residence, where I am still in hiding, then I assure them that I will make a spectacle of the trip.  I will hold press conferences, in Hartford and New Haven, and in New York City, and I will meet with the press.  I will also be requesting permission from Yale Grad School Dean Lynn Cooley to go onto Yale’s campus.  I have been illegally banned from campus.  If she refuses my request, this will be another Federal Office for Civil Rights complaint.  

It would of course be better for me not to attend, for my mental health and wellbeing also, and it of course would be preferable to be represented by licensed legal counsel. But, I will go myself, if I must. I am making this video to ask for donations, so that I may secure my legal representation before the CT FOIA Commission hearing on October 3rd.  I will make use of the funds I have already been able to raise, because this is such an important part of my case.  Of course, I have already gone thru the contents of the footage in great detail on my YouTube Channel and blog, but, of course, I need the actual footage to be released to the public to corroborate my claims.  

If you are able to help me in any way, it would mean the absolute world to me.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your support and kind words.  You are literally saving my life and human and civil rights career.  Thank you.  

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. 

If you wish to support me, as I seek justice, it would mean the world to me. Here are my PayPalMe and GoFundMe links. 

PayPalMe:  https://www.paypal.me/SarahBraasch

GoFundMe:  https://www.gofundme.com/sarah-braasch-legal-fund

You can follow me on twitter here:  https://twitter.com/sarahbraasch1?lang=en

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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

If you wish to support me, as I seek justice, it would mean the world to me. Here are my PayPalMe and GoFundMe links. 

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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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Demand for Retraction and Apology Letter to the ACLU

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

April 18, 2019

Attorney David Cole, National Legal Director

American Civil Liberties Union

125 Broad Street, 18thFloor

New York, NY 10004

Re:  Defamation of Character of Sarah Braasch

Attorney Cole:

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, 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 the American Civil Liberties Union.  I demand that you remove any links to this video wherever these links may have been posted by any agent of the American Civil Liberties Union. 

This letter serves as a demand that all American Civil Liberties Union agents cease and desist their grossly false and defamatory statements about me, Sarah Braasch, immediately.  This letter also serves as a demand that all American Civil Liberties Union agents who have made such grossly false and defamatory statements about me, including, but not limited to, Attorney Carl Takei, 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:

Attorney Carl Takei’s grossly false and defamatory statements about me in his essay on the ACLU website, Colleges and Universities Have a Racial Profiling Problem.  Attorney Takei explicitly states 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 of the color of her skin.  Attorney Takei explicitly states that my call to the Yale campus police was unjustified. Attorney Takei explicitly states that I was motivated by racial bias.  Attorney Takei explicitly states that I was weaponizing the Yale campus police. This is a straight up, bald faced lie, on the part of the ACLU, 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.  

The ACLU has produced a video which grossly defames me as guilty of racial harassment.  This video is available on the ACLU’s website and their YouTube Channel, and has been widely viewed and distributed online.  The ACLU 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 of the color of her skin.  The ACLU explicitly states in the video that my call to the Yale campus police was unjustified.  The ACLU explicitly states in the video that I was motivated by racial bias.  The ACLU explicitly states in the video that I was weaponizing the Yale campus police.  This is a straight up, bald faced lie, on the part of the ACLU, 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.  

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 the ACLU.  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 the ACLU would participate in the online public shaming of a middle aged, disabled woman, who was made a target, because of her mental health disability, is a renunciation of the ACLU’s campaigns regarding disability rights, as well as privacy, including online privacy.  The most defamatory and disgusting thing that the ACLU did in producing this video meant to destroy my life, a 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.  

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.  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 the ACLU’s own website, its YouTube Channel, and social media accounts, including those of the ACLU’s many agents and affiliates.  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.  And, most ironically, I had been an ardent supporter of the ACLU, a card-carrying member, and a donor.  

As a result, I immediately demand the following: 

  1. The ACLU will retract and remove Attorney Takei’s grossly false and defamatory essay, wherever it exists, including all links thereto;
  2. The ACLU will retract and remove its grossly false and defamatory video about me, wherever it exists, including all links thereto;  
  3. The ACLU will retract and remove all other grossly false and defamatory statements about me, wherever they exist, including all links thereto;
  4. Attorney Takei will write a new essay, including an apology to me, and he will explain the gross illegality of the prior essay, as well as its grossly defamatory character; this new essay will take the place of the former grossly false and defamatory essay, wherever it exists, including all links thereto;
  5. The ACLU will produce a new video, including an apology to me, and the ACLU will explain the gross illegality of the prior video, as well as its grossly defamatory character; this new video will take the place of the former grossly false and defamatory video, wherever it exists, including all links thereto;
  6. The ACLU will produce a statement, including an apology to me, and the ACLU will explain the gross illegality of all other grossly false and defamatory statements about me, as well as their grossly defamatory character; this new statement will take the place of the former grossly false and defamatory statements, wherever they exist, including all links thereto;
  7. The ACLU will issue a public apology to me for concluding that I acted with any racial animus in connection with this incidence, and stating that all the evidence known to the ACLU suggests otherwise; and 
  8. The ACLU will publicly announce that I have been publicly misrepresented as engaging in discriminatory misconduct. 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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