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Charges dropped against Yale worker who broke window depicting slaves

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Corey Menafee leaving court on Tuesday. (WFSB) Corey Menafee leaving court on Tuesday. (WFSB)

Prosecutors have dropped charges against a black Yale University dining services worker who used a broomstick to smash a stained-glass window depicting slaves.

The end of the criminal case Tuesday comes a day after Corey Menafee returned to work at Yale.

Menafee says he destroyed the window inside Calhoun College in June because he found it offensive.

The name of the residential college has sparked protests because it honors former Vice President John C. Calhoun, an 1804 Yale graduate and an ardent defender of slavery.

"This man, for a long time, lived and worked in a college that is shrine to an ardent proponent of slavery and if your walk into the college you're surrounded by images that celebrate slavery," said Kica Matos, of the Center for Community Change.

In court on Tuesday, the prosecutor told the judge, Yale did not want to pursue charges, and while he did not condone Menafee's actions, agreed that there was no reason to move forward.

While supporters claimed victory, outside of court, one man argued Menafee is a vandal who should be held accountable.

Following the arrest, Yale and Menafee reached a deal...with Menafee apologizing and resigning, and last week Yale announced it would hire Menafee back, giving him a second change, this time in a different setting.

"It means my client achieved both of his goals, he wanted his job back and he wanted the criminal charges to go away, that's what happened," said his attorney Patricia Kane.

Because this criminal case is over, the state ordered that the broken stained glass, which was held as evidence, be turned back over to Yale, which said it would keep for future study, along with other windows being removed from Calhoun.

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