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July 22nd, 2009
04:31 PM ET

My Daddy, the Jailbird

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/07/21/massachusetts.harvard.professor.arrested/art.gates.demotix.jpg caption="Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. was arrested last week on a charge of disorderly conduct."]
Elizabeth Gates
For The Daily Beast

Earlier this week, my father was wrongly accused of breaking into his own home. We had just returned from China, and he had flown from New York to Boston to prepare for a few days rest on Martha’s Vineyard. As my father was settling in, a police officer named Sgt. James Crowley showed up at his home.

Sgt. Crowley said he was responding to a call from a woman who described two black men breaking into her neighbors’ home with backpacks on. He demanded to see proof of residency and my father showed him both his Harvard ID and his state ID without hesitation. Shortly afterward, a miscommunication ensued, and my father was handcuffed and taken to jail. Our family is both saddened and outraged at this, and as I watched his mug shot scroll across various news stations last night, I couldn’t help but wonder what he was experiencing.

Daddy, how did it feel to read in the police report that although you had been cooperative with Sgt. Crowley, while he was standing uninvited in your home, that your behavior had been reduced to “loud and tumultuous” after asking to see to his badge? Were you surprised at the inaccuracy of the police report?

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  1. Brian in Miami

    As Officer Crowley is a sworn police officer, if he was lying in his report he could be removed for Giglio'ing himself. From what was read on Hardball by Chris Mathews it was quite obvious who was being overally racial. As Professor Gates has spent his whole career studying racial bias it is not surprising that that would be some of the first words out of his mouth.

    During his own press conference, Professor Gates never advised that the Officer said or referred anything racial. In fact Professor Gates advised that the Officer was professional even thanking him for being cooperative.

    Although I am all for punishing an officer for obvious racial bias, if I were Officer Crowley I would sue Professor Gates for Defamation of Character.

    July 23, 2009 at 3:01 am |
  2. Kuliti

    The best thing we are getting out of Harvard proffesor being arrested is that CNN & other people are talking about it. I have one question about black history month that is in February the shortest month & it is very cold, or rainy.

    July 23, 2009 at 3:00 am |
  3. JC

    Both gates and the officer should apologized for what they did. Gates should have never called the officer a racist but i am sure that the officer did not make the situation comforting for gates. It is easy for a non minority to say that they police never does anything wrong because they have never being pulled over for driving a nice car or leaving in an nice neighborhood. I would say that 99% of the officers in the country provide us with a great service but that 1% off officers abuse their powers. I dont fault the neighbor for calling the police, she the right thing, but unless you have being profiled by the police, you can never know how demeaning that is.

    July 23, 2009 at 2:57 am |
  4. Emmanuel Boger

    It seems to me that this is now a new Civil Rights movement. That now that successful blacks in America have stepped up to the challenge to be respectful, educated, and to give back to the community that it's not possible for an African American to achieve such a status. This is not just one incident but something that has been going on for many years. Many Americans now have this shadow that racism is not an issue in America anymore since we have a black president now. As an African American we have that rights just as all Americans and all people. In the last several months, there have been many minorities now killed which posed no current threat to the authorities that engaged the individuals. When is enough enough?

    July 23, 2009 at 2:54 am |
  5. Mike in NYC

    Looks like Obama, despite his vaunted "intellect," has wasted no time in making a fool of himself. He said police acted "stupidly" in this situation, despite admitting that he doesn't know all the facts. (In addition, the mayor of Cambridge has bowed down and dishonored one of her police officers by apologizing to Gates.)

    The Prez said Gates' arrest in his own home is a reminder that racism "still haunts us."

    You asked for this, America. And you got it. Enjoy.

    July 22, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  6. Kelly from RI

    Russell how can you blame the police.... they didn't know what they were encountering when they entered the house. For all they knew it could have been an attempted robbery or a house invasion they were walking in on.... of course anxiety is high... nerves are rattled...The police officer was DOING HIS JOB..... Mr Gates needs to suck it up .... and remember in order to explain his frustration .... he didn't need to draw the race card. Tell us how humiliated you were....not how you were discriminated against.

    July 22, 2009 at 9:59 pm |
  7. Russell

    This incident was NOT about race until Dr. Gates, and his apologists, turned it into race. Continually making every single hardship suffered by a non-white into a race issue is only serving to keep race such an overly used and overly hyped issue.

    This incident was really about police in this country over stepping themselves when someone does not pass the "attitude test." Police are held to a higher standard than your average citizen. They should be able to keep it under control when a citizen gets a bad attitude, whether justified or not. Instead, more and more Americans of all class and color are getting tazed and arrested for "resisting" or "disorderly conduct" simply because the police don't like their attitude.

    Something good can come from this incident if we can get past the race issue and address this as an issue of an authoritarian police state, which affects us all.

    July 22, 2009 at 9:23 pm |
  8. Larry

    Where is the 911 call?

    July 22, 2009 at 8:38 pm |
  9. Kelly from RI

    Get the damn chip off your shoulder Dr, Gates. If the neighbor called and there actually was someone breaking into your house, the neighbor would be a hero and the white police officer that demanded ID from the would be robber would also be a hero. But because you were asked for ID and that rubbed you the wrong way... you make it a racial thing. Well thanks to ignorant people like yourself – Racism lives. For someone who is suppose to be so educated... you amaze me. How about thanking your neighbor - "good looking out". How about thanking the police officer for doing his job. It's unfortunate but people like yourself make good neighboring and good policing a THANKLESS job. Get off your hight horse and stop using the race card for your feeling offended. Just wondering if you would be throwing a hissy fit like this if the office who demanded your ID was black??? Hmm.. guess that will be something to ponder.

    July 22, 2009 at 8:36 pm |
  10. Gary Chandler in Canada

    I just saw him on TV. They claim the Report was false, but he ADMITTED live, on the air in Times Square he began calling the cop a racist!!! He is the biggest reverse racist I've ever seen. His whole career is quite obviously reverse racism based!
    If he was a white man and had started shouting, 'ya mutha fcking pigs' he would have also been arrested.
    To him EVERY white person has it in for the poor people of color.
    DO YOU THINK he would have been cuffed if he had not been so RUDE and insultive.
    When the firemen and police went into the towers, were they looking to save only whites? Probably according to gates, who is a racist through and through!
    The cop should sue him for demeaning his character.

    July 22, 2009 at 7:52 pm |
  11. DorothyMI

    I think that must often, the larger percentage of our law inforcement officers DON"T show the general public any common respect!!! We are suppose to be living in a free country, but police officers MUST understand that no all people are bad. We should have the right to express our opinions and be able to ask an officer a question without fear. That is respect. It is aparent that the officer WASN"T doing a good enough at his job. I really hope that your father will be released, then Sue on wrongful arrest!!!!!!!!

    July 22, 2009 at 7:36 pm |
  12. Jason

    Those who have never been subject to incidents of racial profiling (or even subject to the threat of) are always the first to dismiss the incident or make excuses (ie Mike in NY, jenny). It's really quite sad. I reckon you'd be singing a different tune if the shoe was on the other foot. I also reckon pigs will fly before you'd ever muster up enough courage to be truthful with yourself and admit it.

    July 22, 2009 at 7:31 pm |
  13. Larry

    Where are the interviews with and outrage against the neighbor who called the police? If Gates was so well known then why didn't his neighbor see who he was? The police were responding to a call made by a neighbor, not just driving by. Where is the 911 call?

    Was the neighbor the one guilty of racial profiling?

    July 22, 2009 at 7:23 pm |
  14. Darren

    Imagine honestly for a minute – same circumstances – a white guy in pennsylvania who is a right to bear arms and libertarian about the rights of a person in his own home. do we honestly think this would have gone down like this – and the media reaction the same? take out the profiling and race element – and just say it was a white suburban american. crime stats the rest of it just dont even need to be brought into this.. and for the record.. blacks kill each other mostly – so whites have no real need to cite that as a real problem to them personally.. more likely to get killed by a spouse or someone one shooting spree than a black assailant.

    July 22, 2009 at 6:52 pm |
  15. Wanza

    I have afew questions: the first is why Dr. Gates' neighbors did not know him? Why she/he say that"two black males with backpacks"? Why was he arrested after he showed two forms of identifications? Will the neighbor admit that he/she was mistaken? What was their real motives behind the call? Dr. Gates has had to endured what black people,esspecially, black men had to endured since 1562. Those misguided assumptions based on a darker skintone are part of our daily routine. Non-blacks either don't want to understand or just don't care to. That's always been the burden of colored people...always misunderstood, sometimes misguided, and often just plain missing. Hopefully, Dr. Gates will not let this opportunity pass him by because he can start a real honest and heart-to-heart discussion about race relations.

    July 22, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  16. Edgar

    In a way, I’m ecstatic this happened to Dr. Gates instead of some average black man who would not have had the status and resources to bring this out in the open. This nightmare for Dr. Gates has re-ignited the discussion of racism in America! For too long, some whites have been claiming that racism is dead and there is no need for Affirmative Action and programs geared at equal protection of all Americans. Some whites sincerely believe that educated and middle-class blacks today are treated the same as their white counterparts. The police officers’ motto in America, to “Serve and Protect”, should not just apply only to Whites. Ask yourself how you would have reacted to some officer invading your home and being disrespectful after you have returned from an International business trip. Ask yourself if there is a history of black males being ridiculed and disrespected by the police. Ask yourself if the White neighbor saw only BLACK instead of a neighbor in trouble and whom he/she had undoubtedly observed sometime in the past but again, only saw Black. Ask yourself why the U.S. economy is in shambles because of major economic policies created and implemented by primarily white males in Congress and on Wall Street and why Americans (both Black and White) are being thrown out of their homes! Ask yourself why these egregious crimes on mankind go unpunished while so many poor males (all races) are locked away and the leaches on Americans and the world go unpunished and are even generously rewarded as in the case of bank bailouts paid for by all Americans. People wake up! This is not just some random act of injustice suffered by Dr. Gates but rather part of a much bigger plan to keep groups fighting along racial lines as a form of control so that we collectively, black and white, will never focus and scream out - enough of the manipulation and crimes against humanity.

    July 22, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  17. DawnL,CA

    Quite a few of the posts have blamed the police officer & some the neighbor. What is wrong with you people!
    If an officer requests to see some ID-you show him an ID. If he wants you to step outside-you step outside. The officer received a call that the house was being broken into. He did his job. Then Gates smart-mouthed him & the handcuffs went on.
    Gates acted like a pompous a**. Not everyone knows who he is(thank God). Harvard need to take a second look at their professors.

    July 22, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  18. Ed

    What are the police to think. A man trying to get in the front door then goes to the back door to break into the house. They were only doing the job they are paid to do. Catch a theif. Good for our men in blue.

    July 22, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  19. Theresa, Des Moines, IA

    It seems that to start out with the neighbor who called the police and then the police officer made some assumptions based on Professor Gate's race.

    But a little understanding, and a little less arrogance on both the professor's and the policeman's parts, probably could have prevented this incident.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  20. Lana

    Gates has no one to blame but himself. A concerned citizen saw an individual using his shoulder to push open a door. Thinking it was a break-in, she called the police. They find Mr. Gates inside the foyer. They asked him to step outside to question him. He refused in the first time.It seems to me this could have been avoided if he would have just cooperated with the officer and be calm ! just stop being paranoid and stop pulling the race card..

    July 22, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  21. Ishmael

    I was just speaking to a friend of mine who knows "Skip" ,as she referred to him as, and said he's a very difficult person. So its no suprise to her what transpired. Unfortunately, a significantly number of black people only seem to rail against the most simplistic manifesations of what they perceive to be racism. You really think the "man" is worried about Dr. Gates. There's more than enough black folks who, willingly, allow themselves to be snared in his criminal justice system.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  22. Jane

    This entire incident is ridiculous. Mr. Gates had every right to be angry, any homeowner would be. The police officers should have left Mr. Gates be in his own private residence immediately after proof of identity and APOLOGIZED for the inconvenience. I am sick and tired of police overstepping boundaries thinking they have access into people's private homes. What the police officer doing following him into his home? This is private property. It screams of racism and of a trampolation of a private citizen's rights. People have sued police departments across the country in the past, all with little success, but it has happened frequently due to issues very similar to this.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  23. Gary Chandler in Canada

    a picture is worth a 1000 words,,, look up at the attached picture of him screaming his trap off, and the officer trying to get him to calm down...
    perhaps the whole thing comes down to ""Jet Lag""".
    He would NOT have been cuffed if he had been a gentleman about it.!!!

    July 22, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  24. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Shortly afterward, a miscommunication ensued, and my father was handcuffed and taken to jail.<<<???
    -------
    From the news reports, the miscommunication was her daddy shouting racial slurs at the police. It IS racism to call a non racist person a racist.
    If her daddy would have shown his ID quiethy, with insulting the officer, he would never have been handcuffed.
    After all, the police, including a black officer, had come out to serve and PROTECT their property.
    If they were white and her daddy was screaming and insulting the police, he would have been handcuffed as well.
    ----
    When police respond to a call they are trained to consider any possibilty. "was he breaking in because there was a restraining order, would be an example" He was interfering with the investigation by being loud, aggresive and RUDE.
    ----
    As for blaming the neighbors!??? sheesh,,,!!! Why would a PROFESSO not have the brains to inform his neighbors if he had to break into his house!!!!???

    July 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  25. paulernestshow

    Unfortunately some white police officers, sometimes black officers, see black men and women as lacking in discipline and order and attempt to play the "moral teacher" or disciplinarian. They sometimes are simply envious of black success and wanting to humiliate a black person, no matter his or her status. If you give them any slight opportunity, they will utilize it to insult and humiliate you. Envy is inbuilt in the American psyche, and cuts across race. Black people are worse in envious reaction. I am black , educated and a victim of it, from my own race.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  26. lampe

    You know, if it's late at night, and you see two people on your neighbors front porch pushing on the door. What would you do? Well I'm hear to tell you I would call the Police. I would rather be wrong, than to have my neighbor Robbed or worse yet hurt. You hear of these Home-Invasion type Robbers all the time. I think if you were my neighbor and did nothing, I would be really mad at you.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  27. Arachnae

    Heather: It seems he was tired and just wanted inside his home. Though why didn’t he leave a key with a neighbor. ...There are plenty of people who give a house key to someone they trust if not a neighbor for emergencies. They don’t break in.

    Argh! read the news reports. HE HAD A KEY. The front door was sticking. He got in though the back door WITH THE KEY and then tried to unstick the front door before he called building maintenance at Harvard (who owned the house).

    I am frankly sickened by the number of people who are trying to make this Gates' fault for not being servile enough, quickly enough to a power-hungry white guy, after he'd already proved who he was and that he had every right to be in his own house.

    July 22, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  28. SandraWI

    Janice I was wondering the same thing. What is the deal with the neighbor calling the police. Didn't she know who lived there.? She must not know Mr. Gates. Someone needs to interview her to see what was in her mind, why would she not reconize her neighbor. She cared enoughed to call the police, why not care enough to introduce herself to him.

    July 22, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  29. Jayme

    The officer acted ridiculous. A completely avoidable incident.

    July 22, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  30. Heather,ca

    Well my question is, what would have been the reaction if the police officer was African American as well. Does this accusation of racism only apply because of the color of the officers skin. Remember before cell phones, you would have to go to a neighbor and call a locksmith. Now that neighbor would only know something is wrong if they cared enough to notice. Do we know if he was friendly with his neighbors who could recognize him from any angle.
    It seems he was tired and just wanted inside his home. Though why didn't he leave a key with a neighbor. Like in a emergency. I don't see racism, I see someone who was exhausted from travel wanting to get inside their home. I see neighbors who had care and concern.I see police just doing their job, though they could have been much more reasonable about the situation. There are plenty of people who give a house key to someone they trust if not a neighbor for emergencies. They don't break in. Because if you don't have a close relationship with your neighbors, they just might call the police. Would he have accused his neighbors of racism if his home had actually been robbed and no one cared to call the police.

    July 22, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  31. Jilly Witman

    Sometimes we all have a bad day? or were these particular police using/abusing their power as some do, again....
    Shame on them if they were.
    They know how to provoke people just so they can get their "quota" for the day, and don't think they don' t do that. My friend at the station here and at the Attny Gen's Office said they have to make that quota or they'll be fired. Ths is terrible. Hope the man is alright.

    July 22, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  32. Dr. Ed Slauer

    Black men in a mixed or predominately white neighborhood stand out like a sore thumb and you better believe that the white neighbor who called the police knew of Dr. Gates presence and status in the neighbor but being racist, just saw two black men entering a home and assumed they didn't belong or were up to something. If some white americans claim to be bored at black's outrage to disparate and disrespectful treatment by the law, then must you must understand how tiring and senseless such racism are to blacks.

    July 22, 2009 at 1:15 pm |
  33. Lee

    The Dr. Henry Louis Gates story of African Americans being mistreated by the police even in these Obama days is not an isolated incident: I know of an African American adolescent, a high school senior, who was arrested after he was mugged in Harlem (N.Y.) and shot in the thigh. Rather than to take the victim’s account seriously and to look for the culprits, though the victim has no criminal record and was dressed in only a hospital gown, NYPD officers took away his street clothes for the purpose of investigating him, and arrested him at the hospital, handcuffing him to the bedrail. (Mind you, the bullet was still in his thigh; the wound still fresh and the arrest was based only on a theory of what crime took place.)

    As the individual was being further interrogated and processed, certain officers taunted him, calling him “Plaxico,” mocking him for what happened for what happened to the NFL athlete who accidentally shot himself with an illegal firearm. In addition, the officers attempted to investigate the innocent victim’s innocent hospital visitors.

    Anon. 911

    July 22, 2009 at 1:12 pm |
  34. c,ca

    For crissakes, drop it already. It was a misunderstanding – that's it.

    If the house was being robbed and the cops didn't respond – he'd be screaming that he's not getting enough police protection.

    I'm white, and I came home one afternoon to find several neighbors standing in front of my house. They were worried about me because the cops had been AT my house – and IN my house!!

    I called the cops to find out what was going on. They had been called out on a burglary call but, – THEY HAD THE WRONG HOUSE – wrong address! Yes, I was ticked off. But I didn't think it was some huge conspiracy against me, personally. They thought they were doing the right thing. When they knocked at the door – no one answered. They went around to the back and found that the sliding door was unlocked, so they went in to check it out. Yes, I was annoyed – it was a dumb mistake. But I didn't call out the media over it.

    Maybe someday he'll need those cops and they'll just figure it's another false alarm...................... oh, well.

    July 22, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  35. Regina Hudgins

    It makes me angry that a man like Dr. Gates could be treated like a criminal, on his own property and in his own home. Thank you, Elizabeth Gates, for your interview with your father in the Daily Beast. Hearing directly from him helps. I'm sorry too for that experience with police. And I'm glad that he intends to take that lemon and make lemonade.

    July 22, 2009 at 12:56 pm |
  36. Darci

    Janice – That's what I was thinking!! They are not being called "racist" for calling the police on their own neighbor.
    This is, like so many other cases, a story where I think we need to be able to combine both sides. I know that sounds ridiculous, but just hear me out. When two children, or adults for that manner, get into a argument, fight, etc we tend to piece the stories together to come up with the most likely scenario. Why should it be any different now? Why is the race card the first thing to constantly be pulled out? I find it very disheartening to read a story like this and the very first thing anybody pulls out is race. If it is found that the officer was wrong and was being racist, etc he should be remprimanded and fired. Same goes for Mr. Gates (having consequences, he can't be reprimanded and fired from the PD 🙂 ). I realize there are many racist people left in this world, I pride myself on not being one of them. It should not be that way, and it shouldn't be used as an excuse.

    July 22, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  37. jenny

    Maybe the policemans daughter should interview him and get his side of the story about how ift feels to be threatened and disrespected for doing your job.
    Daddy how does it feel Knowing that every day when you go to work you may not come home?
    Daddy how does it feel to be abused and threatened when you are doing your job wether investigating a "break in" or giving a speeding ticket?
    Daddy how does it feel having to make life and death decisions in a split second?
    These are kust a few questions I would imagine she would ask.

    July 22, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  38. Vickie

    @Mike in NYC
    As for all those black males in prison — well, black males commit a wildly disproportionate share of crime, much of it violent, so what do you expect?
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Well...............I expect that a black man IN HIS OWN HOME (not in prison, and not out committing a violent crime) be treated with the same respect and decency as anyone else.

    Go figure?

    July 22, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  39. Matt K

    I wonder what Gates would say if he returned home and found that his house HAD been robbed, and that NOBODY called the police. Would we not be hearing about how the police don't care about the black man's house. They'll let him get robbed by not his white neighbor.
    I also have to agree with a previous post. I think this guy has a SERIOUS chip on his shoulder, which more then anything led to this altercation. There is NO WAY that this guy promptly produced 2 ID's while being understanding that the officers are just doing their job, and then they still arrested him..... Come on.
    It's way more likely that this man, who just returned home from a LONG trip to China, who's probably grumpy, and tired, and just wants to chill out, had an attitude, refused to co-operate, and was taken downtown to sort things out.

    July 22, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  40. Lisa K.

    Anyone (Jessica) who thinks Dr. Gates' attitude was the problem clearly hasn't been followed around a store for being black or asked for identification becauae they were black in an affluent neighborhood or made to sit in the corner because their 9th grade teacher felt intimidated. The incident should have been over when Dr. Gates presented his ID. I too have had angry agressive cops refuse to give their name and badge number when they know they are wrong in a situation. We're talking about a highly educated older man here. There was no potential for him to "smash and grab". And for the record, white people commit crimes too. They're just more likely to get off without prison or get out of it completely. Thanks for showing what America you live in.

    July 22, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  41. Michael

    This is another example of the police not knowing when to go away...as soon as they were certain that it was his house, they should have left. I would have been much more hostile than Mr. Gates. There are a lot of terrific police men and women that are working hard every day to help and protect our citizens. This guy disrespects them and is an obvious boob...Whatever Mr. Gates called him is irrelevant. He is in his own home. End of conversation.

    July 22, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  42. Portia

    It runs in cycles. Every ten minutes. And sometimes you become calloused and you say things like Mike in NYC, because it doesn't affect you (you think–maybe when they stop dragging middle aged black Harvard professors from their own homes, they'll come for everyone named Mike, including the one in NYC). Yes. Young POOR black males commit crimes as do young POOR people all over the world (and some old rich ones to –Madoff,etc). But let's call this song exactly what it is. Racial profiling. There's some history of behind all of this as the history professor well knows and so he reacted. Actually, I think he was calm by comparison to the 92- year- old black woman who was shot to death in Atlanta because she objected to unidentified people (turned out to be the police) breaking into her home. I'm feel sad for Dr. Gates but even sadder for my country. And I've warned the black males in my family to be very careful. If it can happen to Dr. Gates, it can happen to anybody. You too, Mike. One day.

    July 22, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  43. Keith

    This is a difficult thing to feel and experience. However, the officer should have noticed his credentials proved his residency. Also, Gates, being an educator should have maintained his composure while being questioned.

    VERDICT: Both parties FAIL!

    July 22, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  44. jenny

    Excuse me is that not a black police officer in the picture. The picture of Dr Gates shows how angry and out of control he was.

    July 22, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  45. Humpty

    Mike in NYC – amen to that!

    July 22, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  46. Janice

    I'm wondering why the neighbor didn't know who his/her neighbors were????

    July 22, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  47. meenas17

    Very sorry to read Gates being handcuffed on suspicion that he broke open a house ,which was his own home.
    The Police behaviour is offensive and hurts.

    July 22, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  48. Mike in NYC

    Gates doesn't seem to be getting a whole lotta love on this, even from liberals.

    As for all those black males in prison - well, black males commit a wildly disproportionate share of crime, much of it violent, so what do you expect? Really, this kind of blatant dishonesty used to tick me off, but now it's just boring.

    As for the outrage-on-tap crowd calling other people “racist,” well, that's boring too. But hey, knock yourselves out if you want to.

    July 22, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  49. Jessica

    Attitude counts for everything! The Homeowner was offended and maybe also had a chip on his shoulder from previous experience of Police Profiling and had an attitude toward the law enforcement..and the Police was offended because he's just doing his job and was upset being called offensive names. Both loose here. We need to learn to lighten up as a country. Remember the movie CRASH! This is the same thing only in D.C. not LA

    July 22, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  50. yvette

    This is shameful and there are too many instances widespread where police are arresting innocent people while the real criminals are out wreacking havoc.

    July 22, 2009 at 10:46 am |
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