So the matter at hand is that Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates was arrested by Cambridge police after struggling against the jammed front door of his own home. Evidently, somebody called in a report that a man was attempting to break into the house. The police report indicates he was booked for loud and disorderly conduct after Gates yelled at the policeman inside his home and continued to do so while following him back outside, stating he was targeted because “I’m a black man in America.” It helps having the President as a personal friend when Obama publicly announced the Cambridge police “acted stupidly” and is a demonstration of “how race remains a factor in this society.” Gates claims the police officer didn’t tell the truth and that the police report is a fabrication. Meanwhile, the police officer refuses to apologize, indicating “While I was led to believe that Gates was lawfully in the residence, I was quite surprised and confused with the behavior he exhibited toward me.”
Before going any further, yes, there are definitely police out there that do stupid things. Take the situation where a state trooper pulled over an ambulance for going through a red light with a patient on board being treated by paramedics as a prime example. That said, let’s dispense with the all cops, emergency personnel and firemen are flawless beacons of truth and greatness argument before it even gets laid on the table. By and large though, from my time driving ambulances and working with Army Reservists from the NYPD I can say virtually all the police I’ve worked with are perfectly normal people just like you and me if not even more so from the patience they have (whether we believe it or not) from dealing with the dregs of society daily.
Who do you believe – the cop arresting him for disorderly conduct or Gates claiming he was targeted for being black?
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