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Yale Professor Dies After Being Taken To Jail

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Samuel See. Image From Yale web site.

Samuel See. Image From Yale web site.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP and WTIC-AM) — Police say a Yale University professor died after being taken to jail after he allegedly fought officers investigating a domestic dispute complaint.

New Haven police said Wednesday that Samuel See was found unresponsive in his cell Sunday, a day after his arrest. He was later pronounced dead.

The medical examiner’s office says the cause of death is pending. Police and court officials are investigating.

Yale says See was an assistant professor of English and American studies who was on leave from the university.  A university spokesperson declined to say what kind of leave See was on.

Police say See was charged with violating a protective order and interfering with police after he began fighting officers when they tried to handcuff him.

Police say See was treated for a cut above his eye at a hospital.

Wednesday afternoon, the chief state medical examiner’s office said the cause of See’s death would be determined pending further studies.

The school released the following statement: The University community is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Samuel See. Our condolences go out to his family, faculty colleagues, and students, and his friends at Yale and elsewhere. We encourage anyone at Yale who needs comfort and support at this time of loss to reach out to friends in the community or to University resources that are available for consultation and counseling University Chaplain, Yale Mental Health and Counseling for students, and Magellan Health Services for staff.
See had been involved in a civil lawsuit involving contract law at New Haven Superior Court for two years.

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