News & Notes: Yale environmental activist group threatened with arrest after sit-in
Nineteen members of Fossil Free Yale were fined and threatened with arrest after a day-long sit-in on Yale’s campus, according to the Yale Daily News.
On April 9,48 members of Fossil Free Yale entered Woodbridge Hall in the morning to begin the day-long sit-in.
Later that afternoon, approximately 150 people gathered around Woodbridge Hall and formed a human chainto advocate for the divestment of Yale’s endowment from fossil fuels.
The Yale Police Department Chief Ronnell Higgins issued a5 p.m.deadline for the protestors to disperse, threatening those who did not with arrest. Nineteen students refused to leave the hall even after the deadline, and they were issued “infraction tickets” by the police.
Infraction tickets do not appear on Department of Justice criminal records.
Some students who remained in the building after multiple notifications to leave were individually arrested by the police.
Chelsea Watson, a sophomore who is the communications director for Fossil Free Yale, said that though other schools have witnessed sit-ins, Yale is the first to arrest any student.