"I will kill you."
All accounts say that Mr. See shouted at the police after he was handcuffed "I will kill you. I will destroy you"
The accounts seem to explain this by saying "See became enraged" when he was arrested and handcuffed in his own home.
Well, let's look at that.
Mr. See was an ENGLISH professor.
His field was studying WORDS and their impact.
Surely he knew that the word "kill" when directed toward the police would bring dire consequences and terrible publicity.
Had he directed it toward his spouse against whom there was a restraining order, it would have been understandable as the irrationality of a domestic dispute: crise de coeur (crisis of the heart) as the French say.
But all news accounts report the police as saying it was directed against THEM not against the SPOUSE.
It is therefore vitally important to have more details than simply Mr. See "became enraged" when he was told he would be arrested in his own home for violating a restraining order.
That might have prompted a "You will answer to my attorney for this" remark, but "I will kill you" is totally off the wall----especially for a scholar whose PhD was in the study of the use of words.
There is therefore a critical need to interview the only non-police witness to the event, apparently a "sister" of one of the partners who called police over violation of the restraining order.
If a deposition has already been obtained from her, then it is important that it be made public.
What needs to be established is:
- relation of witness to Mr. See
- sequence of events
- length of events
- escalation of anger
- language used by all parties, especially law enforcement personnel
- force used by all parties
- source of the cut over Mr. See's eye
Mr. See's profession as a scholar of English cannot be trivialized here. He knew the power of words and to whom he was directing them-----even if he was "enraged."
Something is missing and there is only one person who can provide that information.
Link to 12/4 Yale Daily News article
The toxicology report will probably be issued over Xmas vacation, making an effective campus response unlikely