She Needs To Be Punished: Black Yale Student Whose White Housemate Called The Police Speaks Out

May 15, 2018  |  

Last week, we reported about the Yale grad student who had an interaction with the police after her housemate called the cops on her because she was napping in the common area.

She recorded her run-in with campus security after confronting the fellow student for calling the authorities in the first place.

Now, in the weeks since the incident, the student Lolade Siyonbola is speaking out about her experience.

In an interview with Good Morning America, Siyonbola said, “I have always said to myself since Sandra Bland was killed, if I ever have an encounter with the police I’ll film myself.”

Siyonbola spent 20 minutes dealing with the police as she attempted to prove that she was indeed both a student and resident at that particular dorm room.

She said she believes if she looked differently, she doesn’t believe all of that would have happened.

As for the student who called the police, it was not the first time she’d acted that way. She also called authorities on Siyonbola’s friend, another Yale student, who was also visiting the dorm room. She told him she didn’t feel comfortable around him and was making her feel unsafe.

As for solutions, Siyonbola said, “Someone who uses the police in the way that Sarah [Braasch] used the police should be held accountable. There needs to be punitive measures who act out of racially motivated bias.”

Siyonbola said the Black Yale community has taken good care of her in the meantime. She also wrote on her Facebook page, I know this incident is a drop in the bucket of trauma Black folk have endured since day one in America.”

You can watch the report in the video below.

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