Racial profiling complaints filed against cop-calling student three months ago

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More fallout from a viral video of Yale University grad student Lolade Siyonbola, who is black, having the cops called on her after a fellow white student found her sleeping in their dorm common area.  

Yale leaders held a so-called listening session Friday night for students to voice concerns and offer suggestions.

“This can happen any day at Yale, any day,” said Yale grad student Reneson Jean-Louis.  

Original Story: Police called on black student sleeping in Yale common room 

We told you earlier this week Jean-Louis said the cop-caller also summoned police on him three months prior.  

Now we’re learning the 911 calls on black students might have started as much as two years ago.  “You have alumni saying that this woman has called police on them prior,” he told News 8’s Mario Boone in an exclusive interview.

Jean-Louis says he blew off the listening session because Yale leaders allegedly failed to take action when he and Siyonbola filed two racial profiling complaints against the caller back in March.  

“What you see is a pattern that needs to be addressed in ways that are actually concrete,” Jean-Louis said. 

He told us they also submitted a total of six recommendations, including clarifying what an intruder is as it relates to Yale students and residents.  Some recommendations like police implicit bias training were already in place, according to Jean-Louis.

Related: Yale students talk race, tension on campus

Yale’s president issued a statement affirming the university’s “commitment to equity and inclusion” four days after this latest incident.  But Jean-Louis says he got no apology.

“I can’t sleep while black!  If that doesn’t compel Yale University to action, I don’t know what will.”

*Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated demands by Jean-Louis and Siyonbola have not been met by Yale.  Some of their demands, like implicit bias training, were already in place.  We regret the error.

After this story aired a Yale spokesman emailed the following statement: “I want to note that we cannot comment on student information.  Student complaints about racial discrimination and harassment can be resolved through a formal process or, if the complainant prefers, an informal process of engaging with the individuals involved.  When a student complains, the university responds promptly to the concerns in a manner consistent with the expressed wishes of that student.”

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