Along with the large “Welcome to Yale” banners hung outside residential halls, first-year students at Yale University were greeted this week with flyers from the university’s police union that warned them of the “shockingly high” crime rate in New Haven and urged them to stay indoors after 8 p.m., stay in groups and to be on high alert.
“The incidence of crime and violence in New Haven is shockingly high, and it is getting worse. During the seven month period ending in July 23, 2023, murders have doubled, burglaries are up 33% and motor vehicle thefts are up 56%,” the flyers read. “Nevertheless, some Yalies do manage to survive New Haven and even retain their personal property.”
Officials could not say how many flyers were distributed, but police and city leadership said they were handed out during move-in Sunday morning and were an act of retaliation from the Yale police department’s union, the Yale Police Benevolent Association, during negotiations between them and the university.
“Once I learned of the flyers, I called the president of the union and said, ‘What in the world is going on?’ and he expressed to me that they did not have plans to do this, but when the university approached them with their proposed dollar amount for the contract, they were offended, and that members of the board of the union decided that something needed to be done and this is what they decided to do,” Yale Police Chief Anthony Campbell said at a press conference on Tuesday. “I don’t think it was a good decision.”
And I mean, Jesus Christ, New Haven is not that dangerous at night, at least not around Yale. I go to plenty of shows in New Haven, all of which end when it is….after 8(????) and I have never even seen anything remotely like a problem or even felt unsafe. I am sure there is some crime around campus, but for the cops, it is always 1985 and the darkies need to be rounded up and put in prison for anything imaginable.
I am also completely baffled at how the cops think this is a good negotiating tactic in a collective bargaining framework, but then these are not exactly the most reflective people.