New Haven police accused of brutality during Yale party raid
The New Haven police called it "Operation Nightlife" -- staffing the downtown bar and nightclub district with four times as many officers to crack down on public intoxication, under-age drinking, loitering, traffic back-ups and other problems over two weekends.
As part of the operation, police officers and SWAT team members burst into a private party hosted by Yale College undergraduates at a night club near campus, Elevate, early Saturday morning.
Students say the officers shoved, punched and manhandled students, used excessive profanity, took photos of students and tasered one student multiple times, according to the Yale Daily News. The officers arrested five students, three of whom were taken to jail.
Police say while inspecting the nightclub they found several egregious violations, including dangerous levels of overcrowding, under-age drinking and reports of fights, according to the New Haven Register. When checking IDs of club occupants, officers said two students refused to comply with verbal commands and one "had to be tased to be brought under control," according to a police statement.
Police went on to explain the raid more in the statement:
Elevate presented such a risk that it was necessary to respond with a strong police presence that involved members of the SWAT team as support to the limited bar detail that was already in place. Police are almost always outnumbered. Police do their job through the cooperation of those they are protecting and policing.
Dean of Yale College Mary Miller said in an e-mail to students that administrators are collecting information about students' "serious concerns about the reported behavior of the New Haven Police as the dance at Elevate was drawing to an end" but that it will take time to decide on a plan of action, especially as some students face criminal charges, according to the Yale Alumni Magazine blog.
| October 5, 2010; 11:47 AM ET
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