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July 23rd, 2009
08:06 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Professor profiled? Cop fires back

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Jacob Smilovitz
AC360° Intern

We’ve got another big show tonight on the heels of the second installment of Black in America 2.

In Massachusetts, the police officer who arrested Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. is speaking out tonight and telling his side of the story. Sergeant James M. Crowley finds himself at the center of a heated debate over the state of race relations in this country. With Gates, a preeminent scholar on the topic of race in America, and even the President questioning his actions, Crowley says he will “never apologize” for the incident.

"That apology will never come from me as Jim Crowley, it won't come from me as sergeant in the Cambridge Police Department," Crowley told Boston radio station WEEI. "Whatever anybody else chooses to do in the name of the city of Cambridge or the Cambridge Police Department which are beyond my control, I don't worry about that. I know what I did was right. I have nothing to apologize for."

What do you think? Does Crowley owe Gates an apology?

Tonight, CNN contributor Roland Martin and Boyce Watkins, a Syracuse University Professor and the founder of YourBlackWorld.com, will share their thoughts on this story. And at the “Magic Wall”, Tom Foreman will break down the raw data, taking a closer look at the prevalence of racial profiling in America’s police departments.

In L.A,. new details are emerging in the mystery surrounding Michael Jackson’s death. This time they come from Rolling Stone magazine and their contributing editor Claire Hoffman, who will join us live tonight.


Among other revelations, Hoffman reports that Jackson was aware of how the public had come to perceive him and eager to replace all the gossip over his lifestyle with talk of his work.

Plus, in court today lawyers for Katherine Jackson made a request for money. We’ll have those new developments for you.

Also on our radar, a disturbing internet video now surfacing of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews apparently shot without her knowledge in the privacy of her own hotel room. How easy is it for something like this to happen? Erica Hill enlists the help of a private investigator to get us some answers.

All that plus a recap of tonight’s edition of Black in America 2 when you join us for AC360° at 10p ET.


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  1. BJ Bright

    It seems to me that Sgt. Crowley, being the initiator in this situation could have diffused the situation had he only provided the Professor with his name and badge number. I asked an Indianapolis cop the same thing, and he very angrily told me, "it's none of your business." Why is that they get so angry when we ask them for their name and badge number??

    July 23, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  2. Sharon

    It is a disservice to call this incident "racial profiling." That is a serious charge involving someoine being targeted because of race. Yet here the police were called to the house by a neighbor who feared a burglary in progress. Had I been Mr Gates I would have thanked the police for promptly coming to investigate and I would have gladly shown identification proving I lived there – not just some university id card that contains no address. Then, far from being hostile, I would have aplogized for them having to come out to my house because of my own stupidity.
    As for President Obama's response, it only reminds me of his earlier support for his other belligerant good friend, the Rev Wright.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  3. pheeroan aklaff

    If I were Gates I would say "keep the charges, I'll see you in court!
    Making a mistake is not possible if you are a cop, especially if the suspect insults you, especially if he is a black man able to say what he thinks.
    If that was someone who looked like Crowley's uncle would he have arrested him for insulting him? Gates is paying this cop's salary don't forget, we often forget that part. When will there be racial or any other kind of profiling training that will make cops take the high road?

    July 23, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  4. Buff

    The cop was wrong if gates were white & upset about a break in it wouldn't have been a problem call it like it is well to do black man and upset cocky .white cop

    July 23, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  5. Tasha

    I am a black person but i try not to arrive at a " racist conclusion" for everything.I leave that to people like Al Sharpton and others who make a career out of playing the race card.My opinion on the issue is that the president needs to be more selective with his diction.With the position he has,careful speech is a requirement.People may lose respect for him if he gets certain territories.Be careful Mr.President!!

    July 23, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  6. Attorney Mike Pete

    The man was in his house. There is no police procedure that would allow a police officer to arrest someone in their house when that police officer has no direct evidence that that person has done anything wrong. The professor has freedom of speech in his own house, he could have told the officer to go to hell. Cursed him or told him what ever, The doctor was IN HIS HOUSE. A place more sacred than church.

    The cop had no cause to arrest a home owner out of his house while he was in his house. Disorderly conduct, There is no law that you have to follow an order of a cop, while you are in your house, especially when the cop does not have probable cause to believe any crime is being committed. The officer got mad at Dr. Gates. Dr. Gates got mad at the officer. The only difference the officer had the power to arrest Dr. Gates.

    If the officer had came to my door he would have been out there until I left the next morning, and if he came in my house, i would have killed him.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  7. Glenn Andrews

    I think Crowly owes Gates an apology ,This is not a issue of race instead ,This is an issue of power ,I'm sure that in Crowlys whole career he has maintained the upper hand in all situations dealing with a suspect .As the officer of the law he is taught that he is one of the many who protect us the public ,after viewing things like this for so long what happens when you no longer have the power (upper hand) .I think its safe to say ones judgement might become distorted .

    July 23, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  8. MD Obama

    People, look, if Gates were white, Crowley would have already apologized at the scene and been on his way.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  9. Gary

    Just thinking, if the man in the house was white and the officer was black, the reaction of a white man yelling and demanding and calling the officer a racist would be viewed differently. It would have been a white man with a lack of respect for an officer of the law because he is black! Seems like we keep having one step forward two steps back.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  10. Taylor

    I have seen racial profiling, have been a victim of profiling and this incident is no different than any other form of discrimination that exists in this country. The same way people are responding to this situation is the same way people justified incidents during the Civil Rights Movement; a "dedicated" cop makes a "judgment call" in the house of a black scholar, he thought what he did was acceptable. His actions look racially motivated and his lack of remorse only solidifies his "white privilege" and status in America.

    White citizens can't possibly understand how a black man feels when confronted by police in his residence. Why should i believe the story of a white cop over that of a scholar who has dedicated his life to ending racial discrimination? What makes the word of the cop truer or more accurate than Gates?

    Cops, Government Officials, even religious officials have shown their true colors; they can be corrupt, dirty, and unlawful, even when they have sworn to uphold the law.

    I know this story will continue to unfold, but Obama made a decision to answer a question; he should not be put in the forefront because he decided to answer.

    This incident has made me lose faith in the country I love. Racism still exists, even in the home of a Harvard scholar.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  11. J9

    Its quite sad in this day and time that a person cannot admit when he is wrong and learn from his mistake and never make it again. And him being an"expert" on racial profiling doesn't mean anything. If you notice people that are avidly against child pornography are the one's watching it late at night while no one watching. The people who are not racist and has Black friends, are the ones that would never let their child marry a Black person. So him teaching the classes is null and void and gives no credit for him not acting in a racist manner. My question is if this was a white Harvard professor and this mixed up happen, would this cop apologized on the spot once id was shown and a couple of chuckles shared while he was walked out the door?

    July 23, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  12. James Williams

    I'm thankful for nosy neighbors, I would be more than happy to show my i.d ., if a police suspected that my home had been broken into. I think we are too quick to point to racism in situations in which we should be thankful that people are doing their job. I'm a black man who realize that racial profiling happens way too much, and we really need to deal with it, but we can't make everything about race. This desensitizes America to the real issue, and white people feel, oh here's another black using racial profiling to get out a situation. I know the professor is well known and respected, but if he had looked at the situation as, oh well, atleast I know if I'm gone from home again and someone suspicious comes around, someone will be looking out for me. Let's not have police officers afraid to come to our homes for fear of being accused of racial profiling, it could make the difference in life or death if something is really going wrong.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  13. jane

    Officer was wrong. This could have happened to any one. It was stupid to proceed with arrest. Why did the news reporter even as pres obama about this issue with all the other critical issues at hand for our country to deal with? In my opinion the officer was wrong no matter what race Gates was. When I put myself in Gates spot; I would have had the same reaction. It never should have happened; no matter how you want to look at this event , at the end of the day no one should ever be arrested for being in their own home; you can't justify that no matter how you try.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  14. Ruth from Florida

    I have been a detective from NYPD for twenty years and while racial profiling is alive, I still belive that whe a uniform officer challenges you, then you comply without calling names or naming instituitional codes. The thing to do is e as conpliant and calm as possile. The responding officer is already tense about a situation that can escalate.If the professor wanted to offier is ID with no other comments then the Cop should have taken it , read it andbe done with But if the professor commemced to insult and curse and try to aggravate the officer then the officer had choice to ieithet ignore it and go or ask the professor to calm down that there was a call that he had to check out. Thank the professor for hs cooperation even if the Cop lost it too. the rule is; Respect the guy in uniform, speak calmly and in a low non-threatening tone so as to help the office relax. Rememer cops go out on calls but don't know what they are getting into,

    July 23, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  15. Anjanette Gaddy

    People are so quick to take sides. Everyone must look at the evidence before drawing a conclusion. The bottom line is that African-Americans have be victimized by society from the start and it continues to happen today. Just look what happen in Philadelphia with the summer camp!! When is the healing going to start? When can everyone just view others that are different from themselves as humans not a complexion? Also, Racism does exist in every household in some shape or form. Unfortunately, due to on going history with African-American racial profiling continues to exist, however, we can not continue to add fuel to the fire by making comments when none of us were there to witness what transpired. It would be nice to sit back and hear the recorded altercation(so they say) that took place. Then and only then can we make factual conclusion. Personally, I am an African-American that has be treated unfairly by police of every race. However, the truth always prevailed. I must say that sometimes, police officers do treat people unfairly of every color. I also must say that a lot of polices officers treat people(not just African-American) poorly. The sad part about this is that this story hits home because my brother-in-law experienced a similar situation. A Caucasian woman called the police because an "suspicious male" as she stated was riding his bike in the upscale neighborhood(where he live). He was taking into the police car and had to prove that he lived there. He never broke any law just was riding his bicycle minding his own business. The only law he broke was riding his bike and being an African-American in a upscale neighborhood where apparently, he was unwanted. When will this end? Sometimes African-Americans just can't win.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  16. Sandra

    He wont apologize because the arrest was personal. If the cop really felt that he had done correct procedures he would have at least apologized for the misunderstanding. Really sad

    July 23, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  17. Timothy Bass

    Anderson,
    If I'm in my home that I own and show the officer my ID. If this officier keep pursuiting me as a suspect I would become angry as well. Professor Gates was in his own home. This does not give the police the right to take over his home. This is a bad president to set allowing the police come in and take over your home. This is something you have work for.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  18. Glenda

    I have read that a female neighbor called the Police to report the "break-in" at Professor Gates' home. Where is she? And why haven't we heard more about her/ or from her? Why did she call the Police?

    July 23, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  19. robbin

    to the glasses wearing, very bald, very dark, white man who says he asked the police the proper procedure, and was told that showing id was sometimes not enough as in cases where the homeowner may be there violating spousal abuse, give me a break. the police were called for a break in, not domestic situation. SOME White folks will never understand and admit that race is a very big factor in the everyday lives of black people. black folks can never be right in those white folks eyes.
    This is especially true when its an accomplished b;ack person, and a regular ol street cop! why were the charges dropped? do they really call that cop jim crow? president Obama was right! yes the truth hurts!!!

    July 23, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  20. Pam

    It simply amazes me that people feel that this cop was only doing his job. The guy acted unprofessional when he continue to conversate back and forth with Professor Gates. He had "supposedly" been trained on situations like this but instead, he tricked the guy to step onto the porch in order to arrest him and the scary thing is he has no remorse.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  21. Corliss

    For all you people who insist the professor is using the race card, you obviuosly have never had to deal with racial profiling. I live in the Surburbs of Detroit, and not given a ticket! I have been pulled over so many times, I've lost count. Ask yourself, how would you have reacted if you came home from a long day of work only to be met by the police, you too would have behaved poorly.

    Wake up America racism still exist!

    July 23, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  22. Derrik

    remember ID was provided to the officer. two forms of ID. once the officer saw that it was his residence he should have left. and also in Crowleys police report he said he followed Gates into his home. he did this without Gates permission. Cops are to ask permission to enter the home so he was wrong in that regard. so many white people say quit playing the race card when we don't. we literally get treated like this quite often. it has been proven. so why can't people understand we will always be defensive when we know this would not have happened to a white person in their home. plus gates kept asking for cops identification and he wouldn't give it. c'mon. the real problem is there are a lot of "undercover" racist that are pissed that we have a black person leading our country and now its all coming out. understand all we have ever fought for was equality and if you think that blacks are equal to whites then you are lost. if you took the time to research it you would see. look at the jena 6 case come on? so what happened to the white kids for telling the blacks they couldn't sit under the tree or when they were hanging nooses? NOTHING c'mon America.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  23. Kendall

    I must add another comment, based on the way this discussion is going. If I'm wrong and you're right, and I happen to be white and you happen to be black, does that make me racist? No, it makes me human. Racism exists, but this situation is not one of the millions of daily examples that testify to that! And this mass racism paranoia is one of the reasons racism still exists!

    July 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  24. eve

    When does common sense prevail? It was stupid for the police to arrest Professor Gates in hs home. What I have and will always love about President Obama is he speaks the truth, wven when the "American Public" don't think it's politically correct. The police detest having their authority challenged. Whatever Crowley's record...he could have easily squashe the situatiol...please!

    July 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  25. Jennifer, New Jersey

    I think America is over-analyzing this situation. It is simply a result of "Do you know who I am and who I know?" and "I don't care who you are," not about black and white. So let's just get over it and get back to more important issues like the economy, healthcare, and the poor souls white and black alike who are not fortunate enough to go to college and put good/positive energy into making America a better place!

    July 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  26. rubye

    I am a black female in Alabama, and I have experience racism from both races of policemen. There are some very good and decent poicemen, and then there are policemen who think every call is a hunt. They go out and regardless of what you say, you are better off to keep your mouth shut or you may end up dead. I am sorry this seems to be about race, I don't think that race is the issue, I think it is more about respect, respect of others regardless of race , sex religion and class. Everyone's rights should be respected. I agree with the president and I think that these policemen would not have cared if it was the president or me, they were on a hunt and this time it was a man who could stand up for himself instead of someone's defenseless son who could have been in the wrong place at the wrong time and end up in prison or dead.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  27. Kristin

    I still can't understand why Gates was arrested on his own property that he had every right to be on. he showed the officer he had every right to be there .And even if he was acting unruly he was on his own property . If you cant act how you want to on your own property then where can you act a little unruly if you want to.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  28. Annette

    The policeman should have left after is was established that Mr. Gates was the homeowner. I have read several comments on CNN and it is apparent that most negative comments about Mr. Gates and President Obama were made by white folks. White folks need to keep their mouths shut unless they have walked in the shoes of African Americans. I appplaud President Obama of saying what most high profile African Americans are afraid to say.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  29. Bebe

    Policeman was unprofessional and harrassed the professor. Once ID was shown and proof he lived there, that should have been enough. He should have defused the situation with remaining calm and understanding . Thats a professional!!!! He poured gas on the fire!!!

    July 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  30. Sloan JJ

    I just want to ask everybody, how would you feel if you were in Mr. Gates situation? In your own home?

    July 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  31. JMARTIN

    This is just another issue of one man refusing to admit he was wrong to another. I am just sick of it all. Race is an issue, but as a black female, I am tired of men standing their ground and refusing to admit when they make a mistake.

    My own daughter has been stopped, for what we referred to as a "DWB" or driving while black. She is young, pretty, and has a sports car. The white officer stopped her and gave the typical excuse: "I ran your plate, and that plate belongs to somebody else with an older, economy car."

    Her response? "That WAS my car, and this is my car now."

    I support our president, but being a man...excuse me but he made a statement, like a typical man. I am glad that he made a follow up statement.

    My opinion – they were both wrong. You don't break into your own house when you get locked out. You call a locksmith. Obviously, if you are caught breaking and entering, you are a suspect – even if you have ID.

    A policemen wants to believe he is right. How many go around saying they made a mistake? All you have to do is tick a guy off, and that is reason enough for him to 'do his job'. That's his story and he is sticking to it.

    By the way, if this involved two women, we probably wouldn't even hear about it.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  32. Donna

    Sgt. Crowley is a white racist man trying to hide behind his badge. He not only owes Professor Gates an apology, he owes all of black America an apology. President Obama called it like he saw it! "It is what it is!" Racism is very much alive in the world! Shame on this officer and his entire department!

    July 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  33. Abe

    I wonder if something like this ever happened to a white man who lives in Beverly Hills?

    July 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  34. Phil

    As a 911 dispatcher/calltaker, I can only go by what I'm told by the person calling in. It's not a race thing. It's an information thing.

    If the caller reports 2 black males on the front porch that they don't recognize, obviously, officers are going to go on the idea that both are perpetrators in a burglary, regardless of race. It's not racial profiling if the officers are using the information given by the caller reporting the possible crime.

    That being said, if what the unofficial reports on the news are saying are correct, then there's probably plenty of room for blame on both sides. If an officer enters a residence where a possible burglary is in progress, he doesn't just take the word of a person he finds in the house that they belong there. That kind of thing can get someone killed. He's got to take the time to properly identify the person he's talking to. It can be done professionally and with everyone's safety intact but we just don't know for fact how that was handled since we weren't there.

    Basically, it sounds to me like the actual truth of this whole matter is really somewhere in between what the officer and the Professor are saying.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  35. Camilo

    I'm a latino who lived in Cambridge for the last 6 years. I don't know if it works everywhere in the US the way it does in Cambridge, but all my latino and black friends where afraid of policemen (at night). I was a harvard grad student during these years, and never did anything wrong except for maybe staying in a party with loud music until past midnight. Honestly, most often than not, the police would be aggressive as HELL whenever they came to stop a party. Screaming, entering the house without a warrant, pushing us out of the house. One time the policeman was so angry that he had a purple face and foam coming out of his mouth with all the screaming and cursing. We all thought he was high on drugs. Not all policeman are like that, but some are.
    I'm not saying this is what happened with Gates, and I never had any experiences with Sgt Crowley, but I wouldn't be surprised if he was verbally and physically abusive the way other cambridge police men where to us. It's really sad that in the US, a developed country, you have a police institution where they can do literally whatever they want without much consequence.
    People want to 'know' everything that happened before they judge, but unfortunately there were no cameras, so it will end up being whatever the 2 policemen say against what Gates says. Based on past experiences, I'll have to side with Gates, and hope that this will fuel a move towards more oversight of the police institution.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  36. Stoney Bucknor

    In Florida (Miami Dade and Broward County) when a black person is pulled over by the police, in addition to them asking for drivers licence and registration they are also asking for your occupation. Why?

    July 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  37. Elaine Palmer

    I think it is about time in America that adults stop making excuses for bad behavior. A police officer is not God and they should not have the finally word on what is or was in any situation. The professor was a known person in this country. The police officer should have accepted the professors' I.D. as authenic, said good-night and left! If once on the outside of the home he was still concerned, he could have called that info. in and gotten as answer. No, because he did not get the response and attention as a white man or policeman he too acted immaturely. If the professor was in his house he had every right to demand an explaination and to ask that officer to leave. The news media is awful and very insensitive to even the professors' disability. As a avenue for people to get inormation you make me sick, because all you do is keep mess going. You had no respect for Michael Jackson's mother and you have no respect for this professor. President Obama was asked the question and he answered it the way he saw it. He has that right and if it does not meet the standard of White America and some Black Americans so what! Get over it!

    July 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  38. Rich

    My understanding is that Professor Gates had just returned from a trip...most likely tired and ready to relax. A man's home is his castle. Therefore, he understandable did not want any dialogue from anyone. When Crowley arrived and requested I.D., Gates gave him his Harvard campus I.D. and driver’s license indicated he is the home owner. Why didn't Crowley say okay there is no problems here and just LEAVE! Instead, he continued questioning Gates which apparently tick him off (and I don't blame him for being ticked off). I would have told Crowley to get off my property unless you have a search warrant. I hope Gates follows up with an attorney and civil actions. Enough is enough and we should not tolerate this profiling any longer.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  39. kulchavulcha

    Could either Dr. Gates or Roland S. Martin give us just ONE example of an arrest of a black citizen by a white officer that could NOT be considered racial profiling?

    July 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  40. Levell

    Racial profiling is when one group or individual is treated differently than another similarly situated individual. Accordingly, the issue here is wether or not a white Harvard Professor would have been arrested in his own home, after showing proof that he lived there, and that he was a Harvard professor. It is clear, based on no prior evidence that, that has occurred amongst a white Harvard professor, than, it is indisputable that Professor Gates was a victim of disparate treatment, i.e. racial profiling. When one can show, that a similarly situated white Harvard professor has been treated the same as Professor Gates then, and only then, can you say that Professor Gates was treated fairly.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  41. Maryann

    Just because Crowley taught racial profiling means nothing! Many people talk out of both sides of their mounths and strattle the fence. All of the people who are saying that Mr Gates was wrong don't know the whole story either. As a white person, you would have to walk in an African American's shoes in order to know what being black puts up with. I am a black female and have seen whites restrained by police who allowed that person to go after just asking them to calm down. No hand cuffs, no trip to the car; just friendly talking and sent on their way. Blacks have blood, sweat and tears in this country and are treated like they have no place in a place that they help build. It is shameful that we still endure these offenses.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  42. Jean

    Crowley absolutely owes professor Gates an apology!!!
    Crowley was simply pissed because this strong educated black man yelled at him and demanded justice.
    This is a clear case of abuse of authority. Crowley should be fired or suspended.

    (by the way) Boyce is such an idiot!
    Thanks Rolan for speaking up for justice!

    July 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  43. Denise

    Well Im glad that President Obama spoke out regardless. He recanted what his said sumwhat, which is fine. But truthfully the actions of the police officer overall was not necessary. I think the officer may have felt kinda...defeated..aka stupid. I dont mean any harm, but I still think it was a pride issue. BUT I say it was also a pride issue perhaps on Prof. Gates because maybe he was saying to himself like hmmm so now what...So u officers have came in my home Im the damn owner.. so let me just tell you a piece of my mind. I can symphathize with Mr Gates though, because he had the right to be angry because I mean it is "his" home it is the person on the ID..so what in the world more did the officer want? Again I still feel it was a pride issue on BOTH parties overall. I love my race, but Im just tryin to make sense out of this situation. This is insane that we still live in a world were racism still exist, and honestly I dont think it will EVER go away...EVER. What does this say about our children's future, regardless of race?

    July 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  44. Susan

    Dr Gates was out of line. He should have been please that the officers came to his home because a burglary was reported. I feel Dr. Gates has a chip on his shoulder and is a racist! I say thank you to the officers that responded and they should have been respected for doing their job. President Obama should not have said anything, he is our President and is above this petty stuff.

    Thank you.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  45. Renee

    Crow(ley) doesn't have to apologize, that's his prerogative, but to perpetrate the fraud that he didn't do anything wrong; he being a "race expert and all" is laughable.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  46. Briggs, Maryland

    At the very least, Professor Gates was disrepected in his home. This officer was likely to have made a power play to show his dominance over another human being.
    The officer was in the right when answering the possible burglary call. Where the Police officer was wrong was to continue to persue a non-issue. The Officer did his investigation and should have moved on after Professor Gates identified himself as the home owner.
    America is not a police state and no man has the right to violate another man's contitutional rights. What ever the Professor may have said, it was his constitutional right to say it, whether the Police officer liked it or not.
    The man nor the badge is due any level of respect when he would dare to disregard the Professor's rights in his own home.

    You can call it what you like, but I will call it WRONG.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  47. george

    From the pictures that are shown on CNN the professor is coming out of the house with his mouth wide open. He was not listening to the policeman I'm sure raising cane and the officer arrested him. As soon as a white cop arrest a black man right away it is racist. There has been nothing about what the professor did just the white cop

    July 23, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  48. Wil

    This is not necessary a racial profiling case. In my opinion, this is a case of a cop who became outraged that a Black man would talk to him in the maner that Professer Gates and that someone would have knowledge of police procedures and their rights under the law. I believe the cop was angry, outdone and would not be out witted.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  49. Wilson

    I'm latino, if I would be trying to break my own door I would be in jail as well. No doubt about it, no matter if I show IDs. We are all america. This will change because in about 35 to 50 years Latinos + Africanamericans = Majority.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  50. Terry

    My question is why the female reporter even needed to ask the President the question. The President should have declined to comment on a such pointless queston. She is the one who should be answering quetions from CNN.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
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