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This allegedly wasn’t the first time this white Yale student called the cops on a person of color

(CNN)A second black Yale University student has alleged that the same white student whom officers admonished this week for reporting a black student asleep in a dorm common room called police months ago to report his presence in the building.

He and Siyonbola said the same white student, Sarah Braasch, was involved in both incidents.
Jean-Louis said he and Siyonbola submitted a complaint in March about the earlier episode to the associate dean of development and diversity. Jean-Louis provided CNN with a copy of the email communication he received from Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean Lynn Cooley confirming that the same white student had called police on both occasions.
    “This has been hard to share because I believe that as a Yalie, I’m blessed to have such an institution support my academic and professional ambitions,” Jean-Louis wrote Tuesday on Facebook. “However, I cannot overlook the blatant racist experiences I have had while at Yale.”
    This week’s incident at the Ivy League university in Connecticut is among several in recent weeks in which a white person has called police on people of color over seemingly harmless acts. The cases have happened at a Philadelphia Starbucks, a Nordstrom Rack in Missouri, Colorado State University, an LA Fitness in New Jersey, an Airbnb in California and a golf course in Pennsylvania.
    All have driven outrage on social media.
    CNN has not independently verified Jean-Louis’ account. Braasch has not responded to CNN’s repeated requests this week for comment.
    Yale officials and the school’s police department have not responded to CNN’s inquiries about the February incident, including the resolution of the purported complaint.
    Regarding the May episode, Cooley, in an email Tuesday to grad students, emphasized the importance of inclusivity and invited comments about the matter.
    “Incidents like that of last night remind us of the continued work needed to make Yale a truly inclusive place,” the dean wrote. “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.”
    Yale police officers told the white student at the time of this week’s incident that Siyonbola “had every right to be there,” that the episode “was not a police matter” and that they would report what happened to the graduate school dean, Yale Police Chief Ronnell Higgins said in a statement.
    “I fought to get here,” Jean-Louis told CNN in an interview Friday. “I’m not here to qualify my existence. You don’t come to the Ivies for that.”

    February’s call to police

    The February 24 incident happened, according to Jean-Louis’ Facebook post, as he tried to make his way to the 12th-floor common room in the Hall of Graduate Studies. Siyonbola had invited him there for a meeting.
    Jean-Louis, a master’s-degree student at Yale’s Divinity School, says he entered the building and was invited onto the elevator by a white female, whom he later identifies as Braasch.
    The elevator can only be operated by a key that building residents are provided with, Jean-Louis told CNN.
    Both exited on the 12th floor, where Braasch went her own way, and Jean-Louis, finding himself lost, texted Siyonbola, his post states. Braasch then reappeared, and Jean-Louis asked her for directions to the common room, which she said was the room she’d just exited. She then “blocked the Common Room’s door entrance,” according to Jean-Louis’ post.

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    Braasch then began “interrogating” Jean-Louis, who said he was “a Yale student lost, but waiting on a friend,” his post states.
    “The individual then began talking over me and called me an intruder even though I told her I was a lost Yale student waiting on assistance from a friend, hoping to attend a meeting,” Jean-Louis’ post states. “She continued to verbally assault me from the twelfth floor claiming that I ‘didn’t belong here’ and I was making her ‘uncomfortable.'”
    Eventually, the post states, Braasch left, and Siyonbola showed up and invited him into the common room, where he recounted what happened before she left to get refreshments.
    On her way downstairs, Siyonbola ran into two police officers who said they were responding to a call about a “suspicious character” on the 12th floor, the post states, according to Siyonbola. She told them her friend was on that floor and had just been “verbally attacked” by a resident, who she believed called the cops.
    Officers asked Siyonbola to describe her friend. “Black, that’s all,” she said, according to the Facebook post.
    Siyonbola and the officers, who soon were joined by two more officers, confirmed that Jean-Louis was a Yale student whom Siyonbola had invited to the common room, the post states.
    Jean-Louis told CNN the officers he spoke to tried to explain to him why the woman may have called police, saying that callers racially profile “all the time.” He felt like officers were saying it was normal.
    “Wait, I’m supposed to be used to getting racially profiled?” he remembered thinking. “You want me to make this normal because you’ve normalized it?”

    ‘You don’t belong here’

    Siyonbola and Jean-Louis in the Facebook post condemn Braasch’s actions and tie them to a broad historical context of being black in America, noting that the country isn’t so far from a time when lynchings were “weekend entertainment for white Americans.”
    “Calling the police on a Black student because he is lost in any part of (the Hall of Graduate Studies) and the wider Yale campus is an act of violence,” the post states. “Sending four policemen to the Common Room in my resident (hall) because a Black Yale student is lost … is an act of violence because of the history of state sanctioned executions of faultless Black men, women and children.”
    Braasch’s actions amount to racial profiling, the post states, and her call wasted police resources.
    This week, when Siyonbola was questioned by police, Jean-Louis said she immediately called him.
    “She actually questioned Sarah,” he told CNN, “and said, ‘Hey, aren’t you the same individual who called the police on my friend earlier this year?'”
    “We know it’s a problem to drive while black, to walk at night while black,” he said. “But damn, I got to worry about sleeping while black?”
    After Jean-Louis sent his complaint to Yale administrators regarding his run-in with Braasch in February, he felt the situation was handled well. Three deans — all of whom identify as black, he said — reached out to him to be check on him and discuss what happened over the following days.
    But he believes Yale has yet to fully address the students that racially profile others.
    “There is no accountability,” he said.
    “This is an issue that, institutionally, Yale’s not prepared for,” he said. “How are they going to prevent this from happening again?”
    Jean-Louis said he wants to see Braasch expelled.

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    Amber Rudd resigns as home secretary

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    Media captionAmber Rudd faced criticism over the existence of Home Office removals targets and her knowledge of them

    Amber Rudd has resigned as home secretary, saying she “inadvertently misled” MPs over targets for removing illegal immigrants.

    The Windrush scandal had heaped pressure on Ms Rudd, who faced renewed criticism after saying she did not know about Home Office removals targets.

    Her successor is expected to be announced within hours by Theresa May, who was “very sorry” to see Ms Rudd go.

    Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said Ms Rudd had “done the right thing”.

    Ms Abbott added that the “architect of this crisis” – the prime minister – must come before the Commons to explain “whether she knew that Amber Rudd was misleading Parliament and the public last week”.

    Ms Rudd told MPs last week the Home Office did not have targets for removing illegal immigrants, but on Sunday the Guardian published a letter in which Ms Rudd set out her “ambitious but deliverable” aim to deport 10% more illegal immigrants over the “next few years” to Theresa May.

    Ms Rudd is the fourth person forced to resign from the cabinet in the last six months – following Sir Michael Fallon, Priti Patel and Damian Green.

    Transport Secretary Chris Grayling denied the government was in chaos, telling BBC Radio 4’s Today the spate of recent resignations were “unwanted noise” but there were always “up and downs” in politics.

    Rudd’s resignation letter to PM

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    Ms Rudd, who had been due to make a Commons statement on Monday afternoon, telephoned the prime minister on Sunday evening to tell her of the decision amid intensifying opposition demands for her to quit.

    In her resignation letter, Ms Rudd said she took “full responsibility” for the fact she was not aware of “information provided to (her) office which makes mention of targets”.

    In response, Mrs May said she believed Ms Rudd had given her evidence to the Commons “in good faith” but that she understood her decision to resign and take “responsibility for inadvertently misleading the home affairs select committee”.

    She should “take great pride” in what she achieved at the Home Office, Mrs May added.

    BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg’s view

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    An inevitable resignation? Certainly there has been a mismatch between what she told MPs last week and the evidence that emerged.

    In a different time, and with a minister with enemies, she’d likely have been out on Friday.

    This time the Tory party was fighting hard to keep her. But beyond the mess-ups, perhaps part of the issue was also that she was not necessarily in tune with her predecessor’s attitude on immigration – the Home Office’s most politically charged brief.

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    How the immigration ‘targets’ row unfolded

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    The controversy began when it emerged that some migrants from Commonwealth countries, who were encouraged to settle in the UK from the late 1940s to 1973, were being wrongly declared illegal immigrants.

    Ms Rudd came under fire for the government’s treatment of these people – known as the Windrush generation – and their relatives and the wider impact of its “hostile environment” policy designed to deter illegal immigration.

    She told MPs last Wednesday there were no removals targets for illegal immigrants – comments subsequently contradicted by a 2015 inspection report. She later admitted “local” targets for voluntary removals had been set but she told the Commons on Thursday she had not been aware of them.

    But the Guardian reported a June 2017 memo from an official, copied to Ms Rudd, that referred to targets. The newspaper also published a letter at the weekend, from January 2017, where Ms Rudd told Theresa May about plans to restructure her department and increase removals “over the next few years”.

    Sources told the BBC that on Saturday and Sunday Ms Rudd and her officials did a thorough search of all documents and found other references to operational targets which she felt she should have been aware of.

    The reaction to the loss of May’s ‘human shield’

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    Conservative MPs have been paying tribute to their colleague.

    Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom called Ms Rudd “honest and principled” while Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said she was a “huge talent” who would “no doubt be back in Cabinet soon”.

    Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said she had done “a great job during last year’s terrorist attacks and cares deeply about the people she serves”.

    Labour MP David Lammy said the home secretary had quit because she “didn’t know what was going on” in her department and she had clearly “lost the confidence” of her officials.

    He added: “The real issue is the hostile environment policy that caused this crisis in the first place. That policy must now be reviewed.”

    Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable told the BBC Ms Rudd had “clearly jumped before she was pushed” while Green Party co-leader Carole Lucas said the PM had “lost her human shield and now looks very exposed”.

    And UKIP’s former leader Nigel Farage tweeted: “Now that Amber Rudd has resigned we need a Home Secretary that supports Brexit.”

    Who could succeed Rudd?

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    Theresa May is expected to name Amber Rudd’s successor later on Monday.

    Names being touted include Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, the son of a Pakistani bus driver whose father came to the UK in the 1960s and who says his family could easily have been affected by the recent crisis.

    Others potentially in the frame include former Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire, an ally of Mrs May’s who left the cabinet in January for an operation but has since returned to front-line politics.

    Could one of the cabinet’s other heavy-hitters get a promotion? Environment Secretary Michael Gove and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt have been mentioned.

    There could also be a swift promotion for Karen Bradley, four months after succeeding Mr Brokenshire as Northern Ireland Secretary.

    What’s the job for whoever takes over?

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    Analysis by BBC home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw

    With responsibility for immigration, counter-terrorism and policing, the job of home secretary is one of the toughest in government. During one period under Labour, there were six home secretaries in eight years.

    But Amber Rudd’s job was made doubly difficult because she was following Theresa May, who’d survived in the post for more than six years and had set in train a series of plans and objectives that Ms Rudd was expected to stick to, even if she disagreed with them.

    The former energy secretary was unable to put her stamp on any significant policy during her 21 months at the Home Office; much of her time was spent fire-fighting – dealing with the implications of Brexit, the rise in violent crime and last year’s terror attacks.

    Presentationally, Amber Rudd was impressive. But she lacked a command of the detail, which her predecessor had mastered, and it proved to be her undoing.

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