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4 people arrested during protest over Yale slavery ties

Posted at 9:40 PM, Feb 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-10 22:29:08-05

Four people have been arrested at a peaceful protest over a Yale University residential college named after a former U.S. vice president and ardent slavery supporter.

New Haven police say two men and two women were charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct Friday afternoon after they sat in the middle of a street blocking traffic.

The department said the protest and arrest were pre-planned. The street was reopened to traffic after about 15 minutes.

The protest comes as Yale officials are expected to meet this weekend to again consider changing the name of Calhoun College, which is named after John C. Calhoun.

The 1804 Yale graduate was a U.S. vice president and South Carolina senator. The school declined to change the name last year.

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