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This pamphlet provides an introduction to the YPD, their activities and why they should be abolished. It was written with a newly formed coalition of Yale student organiztions supporting BSDY's demands, called the Abolition Alliance at Yale (AAY). It also includes information on our vision of a Yale without policing.
YUPP's final report on YPD activity has been written in conjunction with BSDY, COGS, BLSA, RCCSWG and EJC, and has been months in the making. It includes data from YPD's own crime logs, call logs, and the FBI's crime reporting program. It 45 pages and details YPD's focus on propecting property over people and evidence of their unimportance to safety in New Haven.
BSDY has launched its Teach-in Series to impart community knowledge on Yale and police abolition. The first teach-in focuses on the history of YPD and its legacy of violence, the second teach-in focuses on Yale’s role in the criminalization of New Haven and the community resources they should be funding.
After the shooting of Stephanie Washington and Paul Witherspoon, Yale hired 21st Century Policing to assess YPD and make recommendations for improving public safety. The report was made public a year later, only after pressure from community organizers and BSDY. BSDY has written a response to this report and its push for surface level reforms rather than institutional change.
Path to Abolition
We have provided Yale administration with a path to abolition because there has been no response from Yale to us, or other community activists. This document includes rationale for our demands and establishes a framework to keep Yale accountable. We demanded a response by September 27th, and we will soon be meeting with administration.
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