There aren't more white people calling the cops on Black or Brown people in these last weeks. We're just seeing these stories more often. But we need more than that.

A white Yale student who called the police on a fellow Black graduate student said, "I have every right to call the police. You cannot sleep in that room."

White people can't continue to feel entitled to call the police on Black people because they are annoyed, uncomfortable or unsure. One person who read the guide I wrote a few weeks ago suggested that those questions about when to call the cops be distributed like public health announcements. I think that's a great place to start. That couple with accountability for calling the cops without cause. Technically, it's illegal to dial 911 without a reason, the cops can actually arrest the false caller. Unfortunately we don't see this put to use.

As in Lolade Siyonbola's case, Sarah Braasch who called the cops because she fell asleep in a dorm common area, was allowed to go about her business while Siyonbola was interrogated for nearly twenty minutes. Braasch used the police to harass Siyonbola and apparently it wasn't the first time she's done this to fellow Black students. For people to think twice before they call the cops in these situations, there have to be repercussions.

Leaving this here again:


Should I Call The Cops