Journalist Accuses Yale U. of Police Brutality

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A Brazilian journalist has accused Yale University police of “extremely violent and disproportionate” behavior after she was arrested Thursday for allegedly trespassing at the campus.

Claudia Trevisan, 48, a correspondent for O Estado de S Paulo, claims she arrived at the university to attend a seminar featuring Joaquim Barbosa, a high-profile minister investigating corruption cases in Brazil. Earlier that day, Barbosa declined Trevisan’s interview request and informed the journalist that the event was not open to the media. Hoping that Barbosa would change his mind, Trevisan travelled from Washington, D.C., to the university, The Guardian reports.

When she arrived, police questioned Trevisan and allegedly confiscated her passport. An officer informed Trevisan that he knew she received warnings that she did not have permission to be there. Police then arrested, photographed, fingerprinted and held the journalist in a cell for three and a half hours. She claims conditions in the jail cell were difficult.

Yale University does not plan to file charges against Trevisan. The university maintains that the journalist was arrested for trespassing and that campus police followed appropriate procedures.

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