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Cops Cleared In Yale Prof’s Death

by Melissa Bailey | Feb 27, 2014 4:02 pm

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Facebook Photo An internal affairs report released Thursday finds that cops did nothing wrong in the case of Yale assistant professor Sam See who died in police lockup.

The report, authored by internal affairs Detective Craig Dixon, examined cops’ actions leading up to See’s death in police lockup at 1 Union Ave. on Nov. 24. See was arrested on the evening of Nov. 23 during a domestic dispute at his Wooster Square home; he died the following morning in police lockup due to a heart-attack spurred by methamphetamine use, according to the state medical examiner.

The internal affairs report sheds more detail on new pieces of the story that have emerged in recent weeks: That judicial marshals saw no signs of distress before finding See (pictured) unresponsive in his cell. And that police were called to See’s house 14 hours prior to his arrest, but did not arrest him or his husband because there was no threat of violence; and then subsequently arrested them both that night for violating protective orders because See had allegedly called his husband.

Click here to read the report.

A state investigation released last week cleared marshals of wrongdoing.

See’s death prompted supporters to take to the streets decrying police brutality, in part because See suffered a laceration above his eye in a scuffle with cops during his arrest. The city internal affairs report released Thursday found that cops didn’t rough him up on purpose; See resisted arrest and fell into a wall during a struggle with police, the report found. See’s family could not be reached for this story; the family has told the Yale Daily News that the family was considering a wrongful-death suit.

The report closes the book on the episode, as far as police are concerned.

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