Independent Review of Police Officers’ 2018 Arrest of Harvard Student Finds No Use of Excessive Force

“I carefully considered all of the evidence and circumstances and conclude that the officers of the Cambridge Police Department acted appropriately and I found no evidence that they used excessive force,” wrote former Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Roderick L. Ireland, who led the review.

In Photos: Yardfest 2019

On Sunday afternoon, students gathered in Tercentenary Theater for the College Events Board’s annual outdoor music festival Yardfest. The College made a series of changes to the event this year, including moving it from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon and instituting no-guest and no-re-entry policies.


Pop singer and songwriter Kiiara performs at Yardfest Sunday afternoon. Kiiara was the concert's opener this year.

Extra Extra

Extra Extra won the Battle for Yardfest on Wednesday night in Sanders Theatre. They will be the opening acts for Bazzi and Kiiara, who will be headlining Yardfest this year.

Bazzi and Kiiara to Headline Harvard Yardfest 2019

Bazzi and Kiiara will headline this year’s Yardfest, the College’s annual outdoor music festival, the College Events Board announced Wednesday night. ​​​​​​​

Yardfest Returns to Sunday Afternoon With Ban on Guests, Re-Entry

College students will not be allowed to bring guests to this year’s Yardfest — a spring music festival held annually in Harvard Yard — according to an email sent to undergraduates Monday by the Dean of Students Office.

Arrest Sparks Allegations of Police Brutality

After Cambridge police officers forcibly arrested a black undergraduate in mid-April, students and administrators spoke out against the officers' actions, and the University put together a task force to examine what went wrong the night of the arrest.

Wale at Yardfest

Twenty-five-year-old Washington, D.C. rapper Wale performs in front of a crowd of cheering students in Tercentenary Theater Friday evening during Yardfest. "All you future millionaires, put your hands up," he said during his set.

Spring Weather for Yardfest

Students enjoy the balmy weather Friday afternoon during Yardfest. Food and drinks were provided at the event and many students ate outside on the steps of Widener Library.

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