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There are allegations of racial profiling in Camrbidge, Massachusetts after the arrest of a prominent black scholar.
Police arrested Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr as he tried to get into his own home. Cambridge Police aren't commenting on the incident.
But the professor is accusing the officer who came to his home of racial profiling.
Originally posted by northof8
I dont think its racism but I do think the cop was probably being an idiot as much as the home owner. Cops are always on a power trip. To that end I think the guy has a right to scream whatever he wants if the cop can't mind his own business when the guy tells him he lives there.
I think the cop was pissed that the guy disrespected him... Screw the cop.
[edit on 21-7-2009 by northof8]
Originally posted by kingoftheworld
I hate when people say that the police were "racially profiling" just because they want to get out of trouble. I also wish i could blame everything on my race.
Prosecutors formally announced the decision to drop the charge on Tuesday, following a recommendation by police.
The city of Cambridge, Mass., where Harvard is located, issued a statement saying the arrest "was regrettable and unfortunate" and police and Gates agreed that dropping the charge was a just resolution.
"This incident should not be viewed as one that demeans the character and reputation of Professor Gates or the character of the Cambridge Police Department," the statement said
Originally posted by MegaCurious
reply to post by SwatMedic
Too bad the article clearly states that he produced ID. That's why your argument doesn't work.
Not only did he produce two forms ID, but he wasn't arrested for anything like that. If you read the article, you would see that he was arrested for "Loud behaviour", for cooperating.
Supporters say Gates was the victim of racial profiling. Police responded to the home Gates, 58, rents from Harvard on Thursday after a woman reported seeing two black men trying to force open the front door.
Gates said he returned from a trip overseas and found his front-door jammed. By the time police arrived, Gates was already inside. Police say he refused to come outside to speak with an officer, who told him he was investigating a report of a break-in. "Why, because I'm a black man in America?"
Gates said, according to a police report written by Sgt. James Crowley. The Cambridge police refused to comment on the arrest Monday. Gates — the director of Harvard's W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research — initially refused to show the officer his identification, but then gave him a Harvard University ID card, according to police.
"Gates continued to yell at me, accusing me of racial bias and continued to tell me that I had not heard the last of him," the officer wrote.