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Arrested Professor: This Is What Happens to Blacks in America

Harvard faculty, students, and the surrounding community are mulling over a disturbing incident that went down last week. Last Thursday, prominent African-American scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was arrested in his home after a woman saw him trying to unlock his jammed door and assumed he was a robber. Gates was arrested for disorderly conduct.

According to the police report, when an officer showed up to the house and asked Gates to step outside so he could discuss a potential break-in in progress, Gates asked, "Why, because I'm black in America?" (He's a prolific author of books on the African-American experience.)

Although the police officer believed that Gates was in his home lawfully (Gates produced his ID card), he claimed he was surprised and confused by Gates' behavior toward him. After Gates exhibited "loud and tumultuous behavior" by continuing to yell, the officer handcuffed him, put him under arrest, and took him in a police cruiser to be booked.

Some in the community are wondering: would this have happened to a white professor? Whether or not the motivation was racial, it sure seems like an overreaction to arrest a person who's at his own house for "loud and tumultuous behavior."

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PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 6 years
We are giving too much attention to this so called professor and I would just like to hear the tapes, if tapes do indeed exsist.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 6 years
We are giving too much attention to this so called professor and I would just like to hear the tapes, if tapes do indeed exsist.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 6 years
The real deal will be the audio recording device that the officer has on him. There is racial profiling by police. I think we will get the answer when they release the recordings...this will tell who was telling the truth...Both were on multiple national media outlets telling there version....We will wait and See
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 6 years
Lastly: THE ARREST I warned Gates that he was becoming disorderly. Gates ignored my warning and continued to yell, which drew the attention of both the police officers and citizens, who appeared surprised and alarmed by Gates’ outburst. For a second time I warned Gates to calm down while I withdrew my department issued handcuffs from their carrying case. Gates again ignored my warning and continued to yell at me. It was at this time that I informed Gates that he was under arrest.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 6 years
Lastly:THE ARRESTI warned Gates that he was becoming disorderly. Gates ignored my warning and continued to yell, which drew the attention of both the police officers and citizens, who appeared surprised and alarmed by Gates’ outburst. For a second time I warned Gates to calm down while I withdrew my department issued handcuffs from their carrying case. Gates again ignored my warning and continued to yell at me. It was at this time that I informed Gates that he was under arrest.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 6 years
THE DEMAND FOR GATES’ ID "I asked Gates to provide me with photo identification. . . . Gates initially refused, demanding that I show him identification but then did supply me with a Harvard University identification card." AND: THE YELLING Gates was yelling very loud and the acoustics of the kitchen and foyer were making it difficult for me to transmit pertinent information to ECC or other responding units. . . . As I descended the stairs to the sidewalk, Gates continued to yell at me.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 6 years
THE DEMAND FOR GATES’ ID"I asked Gates to provide me with photo identification. . . . Gates initially refused, demanding that I show him identification but then did supply me with a Harvard University identification card."AND:THE YELLING Gates was yelling very loud and the acoustics of the kitchen and foyer were making it difficult for me to transmit pertinent information to ECC or other responding units. . . . As I descended the stairs to the sidewalk, Gates continued to yell at me.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 6 years
The officer had this to say: "He demanded to know who I was. I told him that I was Sgt. Crowley from the Cambridge police and that I was investigating a report of a break-in in progress at the residence. While I was making this statement, Gates opened the front door and exclaimed, “why, because I’m a black man in America?” I then asked Gates if there was anyone else in the residence. While yelling, he told me that it was none of my business and accused me of being a racist police officer. . . . . Gates then turned to me and told me that I had “no idea who I was messing with” and that I had not heard the last of it." I am actually believing it because it seems that Prof Gates is using this opportunity to set his experience as an example or template for what happens to other Black men. But it's just not the same thing; this what happens to Black men driving or living in other residential areas or expensive building or any experiences when they are in other towns or cities (whether their own or traveling). Or a regular Joe (who happens to be Black and not a HARVARD PRof). This is more about CLASS than race, and to an extent the Professor's own ego.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 6 years
The officer had this to say:"He demanded to know who I was. I told him that I was Sgt. Crowley from the Cambridge police and that I was investigating a report of a break-in in progress at the residence. While I was making this statement, Gates opened the front door and exclaimed, “why, because I’m a black man in America?” I then asked Gates if there was anyone else in the residence. While yelling, he told me that it was none of my business and accused me of being a racist police officer. . . . . Gates then turned to me and told me that I had “no idea who I was messing with” and that I had not heard the last of it."I am actually believing it because it seems that Prof Gates is using this opportunity to set his experience as an example or template for what happens to other Black men. But it's just not the same thing; this what happens to Black men driving or living in other residential areas or expensive building or any experiences when they are in other towns or cities (whether their own or traveling).Or a regular Joe (who happens to be Black and not a HARVARD PRof). This is more about CLASS than race, and to an extent the Professor's own ego.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 6 years
I stepped onto the front porch and asked one of his colleagues for his name and badge number. And when I did, the same officer said, “Thank you for accommodating our request. You are under arrest.” And he handcuffed me right there. - Prof Gates refused to follow PROCEDURE...if he had complied and they had still arrested him than he would have more cause to call out the CPCPD. He refused and was displaying little patience, was self aggrandizing and gave the officer attitude...enough cause to arrest him on disorderly conduct. He was making a ruckus from the get go! I think we are being too politcally correct that we don't even question the Prof's acts, his pomposity or anything else. And I hate to say "politically correct" but this is one of those few times were it is working against people/us. Prof Gates was WRONG!
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 6 years
I stepped onto the front porch and asked one of his colleagues for his name and badge number. And when I did, the same officer said, “Thank you for accommodating our request. You are under arrest.” And he handcuffed me right there.- Prof Gates refused to follow PROCEDURE...if he had complied and they had still arrested him than he would have more cause to call out the CPCPD. He refused and was displaying little patience, was self aggrandizing and gave the officer attitude...enough cause to arrest him on disorderly conduct. He was making a ruckus from the get go!I think we are being too politcally correct that we don't even question the Prof's acts, his pomposity or anything else. And I hate to say "politically correct" but this is one of those few times were it is working against people/us.Prof Gates was WRONG!
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 6 years
I said, “I want your name and your badge number” because I want to file a complaint because of the way he had treated me at the front door. . . . I asked him three times, and he refused to respond. -Right here at this point is when I think Prof. Gates got witchy with the cop. Police officers are always despised because of their demeanor (and believe me I understand) but you get the sense that Prof Gates got really upset that he was even being asked any questions. ".. . I asked him three times, and he refused to respond." - Officers will do this until you have calmed down, at least (as far as I know) he didn't use his hands to motion him to calm down, just waited by being silent. The Prof was angered that the cop was controlled. Prof Gates: he turned his back to me and turned back to the porch. And I followed him. - After all that and speaking for the officer and assuming things he follows him? (I wish I could put follow in italics), you never do that! Think of what they teach you in driving school about pulling over, don't get out of the car (unless asked) and speak respectfully and so on. It sounds like Prof. Gates was looking for an arguement or confrontation. The picture doesn't help much, but I believe was annoyed and arrogant and his a finicky, wimpy Prof type...so that's not a picture of him being taken advantage of, it's him whining and posturing as well as upset that he had to face consequences.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 6 years
I said, “I want your name and your badge number” because I want to file a complaint because of the way he had treated me at the front door. . . . I asked him three times, and he refused to respond. -Right here at this point is when I think Prof. Gates got witchy with the cop. Police officers are always despised because of their demeanor (and believe me I understand) but you get the sense that Prof Gates got really upset that he was even being asked any questions.".. . I asked him three times, and he refused to respond." - Officers will do this until you have calmed down, at least (as far as I know) he didn't use his hands to motion him to calm down, just waited by being silent. The Prof was angered that the cop was controlled.Prof Gates: he turned his back to me and turned back to the porch. And I followed him.- After all that and speaking for the officer and assuming things he follows him? (I wish I could put follow in italics), you never do that! Think of what they teach you in driving school about pulling over, don't get out of the car (unless asked) and speak respectfully and so on. It sounds like Prof. Gates was looking for an arguement or confrontation. The picture doesn't help much, but I believe was annoyed and arrogant and his a finicky, wimpy Prof type...so that's not a picture of him being taken advantage of, it's him whining and posturing as well as upset that he had to face consequences.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 6 years
Whoops I meant: "I know that NOT everything the police say is necessarily true"
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 6 years
Whoops I meant:"I know that NOT everything the police say is necessarily true"
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 6 years
I am Hispanic and live in Massachusetts and I when I think something is racist or prejudice I say so... I mean, I'm sensitive to other people and know that there is a time and place for things but if I have something to say that is important, I'll say it. That said I think this is more about class than race and I think Prof Gates has a bit of an ego issue and just got upset and let things escalate, he is also trying to make an example of himself to the detriment of other black men (and other minorities) that really do experience racial profiling. This isn't one of those cases. I don't like to cite the herald but I thought I'd share this and I know that everything the police say is necessarily true but in this case I believe them. If it helps Cambridge is one of the most liberal towns in the US, not perfect but literal. Now, Ben Affleck was racist in dumping J.Lo because of her ethnicity and his friends' disapproval but this cop isn't racist. Just my two cents. bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20090722cop_who_arrested_henry_gates_im_not_apologizing/srvc=home&position=0
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 6 years
I am Hispanic and live in Massachusetts and I when I think something is racist or prejudice I say so... I mean, I'm sensitive to other people and know that there is a time and place for things but if I have something to say that is important, I'll say it.That said I think this is more about class than race and I think Prof Gates has a bit of an ego issue and just got upset and let things escalate, he is also trying to make an example of himself to the detriment of other black men (and other minorities) that really do experience racial profiling. This isn't one of those cases.I don't like to cite the herald but I thought I'd share this and I know that everything the police say is necessarily true but in this case I believe them. If it helps Cambridge is one of the most liberal towns in the US, not perfect but literal. Now, Ben Affleck was racist in dumping J.Lo because of her ethnicity and his friends' disapproval but this cop isn't racist.Just my two cents.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20090722cop_who_arrested_henry_gates_im_not_apologizing/srvc=home&position=0
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 6 years
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/us_world/2009/07/27/2009-07-27_911_call_over_suspected_breakin_that_led_to_arrest_of_harvard_prof_henry_louis_g.html
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 6 years
Here is the 911 call: nydailynews.com/news/us_world/2009/07/27/2009-07-27_911_call_over_suspected_breakin_that_led_to_arrest_of_harvard_prof_henry_louis_g.html
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 6 years
Here is the 911 call:nydailynews.com/news/us_world/2009/07/27/2009-07-27_911_call_over_suspected_breakin_that_led_to_arrest_of_harvard_prof_henry_louis_g.html
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 6 years
theroot.com/views/skip-gates-speaks
dani17731 dani17731 6 years
"The cop came because a NEIGHBOR reported a suspicious person and possible break-in." You would think that his NEIGHBOR would know who Prof. Gates was. If the neighbor lived in a house close enough to see someone banging on the door, then I just have to assume that the neighbor knew who lived in the house. How can you not? It's not like it was a neighbor on the next block. I know all my neighbors and I haven't even lived in my house for long (about 2 months). It reeks of a set-up.
dani17731 dani17731 6 years
"The cop came because a NEIGHBOR reported a suspicious person and possible break-in."You would think that his NEIGHBOR would know who Prof. Gates was. If the neighbor lived in a house close enough to see someone banging on the door, then I just have to assume that the neighbor knew who lived in the house. How can you not? It's not like it was a neighbor on the next block. I know all my neighbors and I haven't even lived in my house for long (about 2 months). It reeks of a set-up.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 6 years
Sun07dance, I'm tired of the crud spewed by ignorance. Enjoy your meal.
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