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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama unexpectedly injected himself Wednesday into a burning national controversy: the treatment of minorities by police across the nation. Responding to a question during his evening news conference, Obama said the Cambridge, Mass., Police Department acted "stupidly" in the arrest of prominent African-American scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., a professor at Harvard University.
Originally posted by danj3ris
I fail to see the big deal here.
The police officer was shown identification proving that Mr. Gates was not breaking and entering, as the building was his place of residence. Why the hell did the officer stick around? His job at that point was over. He should have simply said "Have a good day sir" and left the premises.
I agree with the President. The Cambridge police acted stupidly.
"And No. 3, what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there is a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped . . . disproportionately,"
the treatment of minorities by police across the nation.
Originally posted by Spartak_FL
The big deal is obama pretty much using the pulpit and call him stupid when the economy is in a free fall maybe
Obama claims racial profiling by law enforcement to be a fact. I am intrigued that no law enforcement has come out to try to prove him otherwise. Guess law enforcement have no problem with what he said.
Originally posted by IDK88
The cop that arrested the professor just said that Obama was "out of line" regarding his comments....I think this proves that the cops are Stupid!!!
If I were Obama, I'd drop that idiot so that he never works in law enforcement again.
Only an idiot local cop would speak as if he were some kind of man against the President of the United States. The uniformed flatfoots need to be put in their place.
The white police sergeant criticized by President Barack Obama for arresting black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. in his Massachusetts home is a police academy expert on racial profiling.
Cambridge Sgt. James Crowley has taught a class on racial profiling for five years at the Lowell Police Academy after being hand-picked for the job by former police Commissioner Ronny Watson, who is black, said Academy Director Thomas Fleming.
"I have nothing but the highest respect for him as a police officer. He is very professional and he is a good role model for the young recruits in the police academy," Fleming told The Associated Press on Thursday.