Gay Yale Professor Mysteriously Dies in Police Custody

A Yale professor was arrested by New Haven police. Hours later, he was found dead in his jail cell.

According to a report in the New Haven Independent, 34-year-old Samuel See was an assistant professor at the Ivy League university. On November 23, New Haven police responded to a call from him reporting a domestic disturbance at his home.

See had called to say his estranged husband, 32-year-old Sunder Ganglani, would not leave his house. Ganglani was there to pick up some of his belongings. A court order said the man had two hours to be on the property to collect his things. See called police when Ganglani failed to leave after the two hours were up.

But when police arrived, they learned Ganglani also had an order of protection against See. After this was brought to their attention, they claim See became aggressive, fighting with the officers as they tried to handcuff him.

“I will kill you . . . I will destroy you,” he is reported to have shouted.

See was taken to the Union Avenue Detention Facility and booked on charges of violating a protective order and interfering with police.

At 6 a.m. on November 24, See was found unresponsive in his jail cell. The cause of his death remains a mystery.

An anonymous source from inside the jail told the New Haven Independent that See was “not moving. His arm was hanging off the bunk in a very uncomfortable angle. There was [no sign of hanging].”

Both the New Haven police department and the state Judicial Department have launched internal investigations looking into See’s death.

Yale released a statement saying the community was “deeply saddened” by the assistant professor’s death.