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July 26th, 2009
11:16 PM ET

Cambridge Cops Defend Sgt. Crowley

Members of the Cambridge Police Dept. in Massachusetts tell CNN's Don Lemon in an exclusive interview that fellow officer Sgt. James Crowley did nothing wrong when he arrested Harvard professor Henry Gates for disorderly conduct. The charges were quickly dropped.

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  1. Randy

    Sgt. Crowley is a coward

    July 26, 2009 at 11:35 pm |
  2. Stehen Marr

    Nothing new about cops protecting copsm Planting evidence when needed and bullying the public.

    Hasn't this been news enough? We have two wars, a crippled economy and exploding unemployment rate and this is the best CNN can come up with? A lame horse named Drama thay they brought to the paety themselves. What's up CNN, no real news, or curbing costs and making your own news? This story is OVER. Should not not even been started!

    July 27, 2009 at 12:25 am |
  3. Michael Newport Beach, CA

    Look, I'm sure they are all great. I am an east coast native. I love our troops, cops, security guards, everyone that protects us (I lived in DC during 9/11 and NYC not long after) but please, let's move on from this. There are other things in our country that need attention. I do support our service men and women. Set aside our pride and egos at this point and tackle something more serious. This is being over reported on like Michael Jackson at this point. It's time to find some criminals, right?

    July 27, 2009 at 12:30 am |
  4. Kevin

    Police are thought to racial profile. Look at the statisitcs. Something needs to be done. Imagen being the sole bread winner for your family and being racial profiled and arrested and not being able to post bail, staying in jail until all your court dates, and in the end recieving a full aquital. But it doesnt matter because by being in jail for 3 or 4 months you've lost everything job, car, and house. Now who's responsible for that wrong call, the arresting officer because he had no reason racial profiling.

    July 27, 2009 at 1:52 am |


    July 27, 2009 at 2:17 am |
  6. Lalita

    My girlfriends/coworkers (black,white, hispanic and indian) talk about our cultural differences a lot. Especially when something like this happens. I live in a upper middle class neighborhood in Sugar Land, TX (Houston) and my kids have been pulled over by the police in our neighborhood 5 times! Twice in on our street. The cops seached the car and have had them sitting on the street curb or waiting in the back of the police car. Each time they let them go cause nothing was found. They give the excuse of "didn't fully stop at stop sign," or "break light dim," or some other excuse for why they stopped them. I admit my view of the police and whites are clouded by my life experiences. My girlfriends have their stories and how it has affected their views on race. My point is: President Obama is a man. He will not always get it right. He will not be perfect. His life experiences will affect some of his views as our experiences affects us. I pray they all have a beer together, talk this over as men and move on.

    July 27, 2009 at 4:07 am |
  7. Mrs. Eileen Curras widow to Hernandez (WWII)

    Members of the Cambridge Police Dept. in Massachusetts have learned to recover from the attack of the Media quickly as in Puerto Rico. The Personnel Relations must be wizard. Maybe the Personnel Relations (PR) from the Cambridge Police Department should exchange ideas with the Presidents PR. It seems that playing hard ball is the way to go. If Officer Sgt. James Crowley did nothing wrong why this situation the arrested of Harvard professor Henry Gates has amount to this charade. It seems to me that the Media Communications Companies has turned this situation into a Circus that has clearly gone out without control for a simple disorderly conduct. The charges might were quickly dropped but certainly something went wrong and the Media will not let this situation go that easily. The President has to apply pressure or move the switch a bit tight to end this charade that has clearly move the attention of the Health Care Need. How much longer are we going to drag this story? How much longer will be enough? We have had discrimination in America for so long and it will not disappear just like that.

    July 27, 2009 at 6:56 am |
  8. A. Lee Edwards

    Dear Mr. Lemmon,

    Please allow me to briefly present some OPINIONS and facts concerning relationships among the human family: attempting to move forward and appreciate different cultures. These comments are respectfully offered in hope that we can begin to embrace the biological phenomena that appear to escape the populace. (Your discussion on CNN was engaging, but seriously missed the most important driving impetus, in my opinion.)


    We have placed too much emphasis on rather insignificant features (phenotypes) such as skin hue, and facial features. Check out light-skinned men, especially, in movies and pictures. ONE WILL FIND THAT ALL OF THEM HAVE DARKED-SKINNED "PRIVATE PARTS" TOO: NO SUN TAN THERE. Yet we continue to use hues to identify "so-called" races. In my opinion, this is pitiful!! (This is not an attack on you!!)

    Isn't it interesting how persons of different "so-called" races can receive blood from different cultural groups, can receive organs from different cultural groups, and probably even "stem cells"?

    Homo sapiens, that share 99%, or better, the same genetic make-up can never be of different "so-called" races. The most embarrassing fact supporting this statement is that all healthy mature males and females, can procreate with any other healthy males or females located anywhere on the globe: Pygmies can mate with Swedes, Japanese with an Australian aborigine, etc., etc..

    As far as the recent topic of discussion involving Sgt. Crowley and Dr. Gates, too many, seemingly, have made too many opinionated statements: often leaving out certain facts, obvious and otherwise to support his or her view.




    In this writer's view, it appears that Sgt. Crowley may be honestly sorry that he allowed the situation to get out of hand: especially considering the fact that he has instructed others in dealing with persons of different cultural backgrounds. Hence, the African-Americans supporting him, believing that their colleague is a good person and is sorely sorry for what happened, stepped up to show their support: notice the hug. Don't be surprised if Sgt. Crowley reveals some additional information, at some distant future.

    Likewise, Dr. Gates may also admit that he believes that he should have initiated in the "left-brain", although his pressure and adrenaline may have been raised from the reality of "well-documented" police abuse, actually trampling his rights as a private citizen: the meeting over beer at the White House will, perhaps, go much better, even with some laughter. All parties may have learned a little more about themselves.

    LASTLY, one has to admire your candor when you have given your views on the worthy efforts and accomplishments of those associated with black culture. Being of a different culture yourself your intellectual character is stellar: frank opinion.

    July 27, 2009 at 9:06 am |
  9. Moonstonerl

    The only racist's in Boston is that prof.

    July 27, 2009 at 9:08 am |
  10. Jo in Iowa

    Duh! Your co-worker carries a loaded gun. Of course you support him.

    Gates over-reacted after a long trip and the frustration of a stuck front door and then a police officer demanding he come outside. The police officer, after finding that Gates was in his own home, should have walked away. Being grumpy is not an arrestable offence and this is not a police state.

    July 27, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  11. marcia blackburn

    I honestly think blacks have been brain-washed by the likes of all the Rev. Wrights' in this country. Obama proved that in his comments re the police and his disturbing comments on Drs' looking at the "pay scale" to determine what procedures they will do. Obama is clearly not qualified to be our president. What a mistake you have made America........When you look at the things he is doing you can see he is clearly applying "affirmative action" to parts of the health care bill, and I am sure most people would be concerned about the Million man
    civilian army he is building under USA If Congress isn't going to read the bills they sign.....WE SHOULD.

    July 27, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  12. KVJ

    From a black perspective, I totally agree with the comments of Sgt. Leon Lashley. It is commendable to stand up for right while acknowledging the fact that racial profiling does exist (even in Cambridge) and needs to be addressed eventhough this may not have been the case (this time). As for the comments of Kelly King; she should practice what she preaches. How dare she " rush to judgement " on our president whom acknowledged a mistake and sought to correct it. With all he has on his plate, and all he has tried to do in such a short span of time, he is to be supported and given the benefit of doubt – especially by his own. You Ms. King are a disgrace!!! And as for your support of our president...Save it for YOUR own – the fickle and shallow.

    July 27, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  13. michael armstrong sr.

    Cant people leave a comment without writing a book.

    July 27, 2009 at 1:15 pm |
  14. G Burch

    Re: Prof. Gates story: Prof. Gates comes home from long trip, tired, cant find keys, pushes the door in. Concerned neighbor worries about possible break-in. Until Prof. Gates identifies himself, police must assume the worst. I would be thanking the 911 caller and the police for trying to protect me and my property. Police so often confront those breaking the law that they are just ready to "attack".
    I think this whole situation is blown way out of proportion, mountain out of a mole hill. Why propagate ill will when the original intent was meant to be helpful. The original message was to protect but got blurred by the messengers.

    July 27, 2009 at 1:26 pm |
  15. RJ

    Its becoming more of the trend for profession black men and women to show defiance towards law enforcementespecially since Obamas been elected President!! They believe just because they are a minority they can stand up to and disrespect all forms of authority especailly if they are white! The cop went to the house due to a call of possible break in and after arriving and asking questions Mr. Gates thought he seen his chance to dig at the cops and thought he would get away with it, sorry Mr. Gates you are no different than any other citizen in this country and just because your black does not give you the right to be rude and uncooperative to lose!

    July 27, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  16. Seeking the Truth

    Alina Cho
    c/o American Morning

    I have a question. Why don't we see white Americans being beaten with batons by white policemen. Why does it seem to always be blacks and Latinos being beaten or handcuffed by white policemen?

    Prof. Gates is another Rodney King situation. A famous NY philosopher once said, this appears to deja vu all over again. 100 years ago, Prof. Gates might have been lynched. I am surprised that Alina Cho and CNN are not more sensitive

    More recently, think police/prosecutor and Jena 6. Is CNN blind or part of the problem? Would you answer this question?

    I was stopped, while driving on I95, with my two kids and my wife, who is very fair. The policeman approached me with his hand on his gun. His reason for stopping me was that a male matching my description had just committed a crime. This is the reason that most policeman use to stop black males or in DWB situations.
    The woman who reported the possible break-in at Prof. gates' house said that she didn't say that the two men were black. Sgt. Gates said the report was that two black men were breaking into the house. The ole, "You fit the description of the person breaking into this house."

    The question CNN should be asking is, "Why didn't the policeman, with his experience, just walk away? Why didn't he just defuse the situation? I have seen white policemen walk away in hot verbal situations. Sgt.
    Crowley teaches profiling is a very experienced policeman. He should have been more in control and just walked away. Prof. Gates could have also handled the situation better. In the case of Vernon Forrest, we just saw that people don't always handle extreme confrontation well...

    My experience with white policeman has been mixed. My PSAL laison was a white Italian. He always spent time talking with us kids. He presented a very positive image. I have very fond memories of Det. Vinnie...

    When you have been profiled, you never know when the next time is one too many times!!! I would like to see Alina Cho interview African-Americans who have been profiled, black cops who have been shot by white policemen, African-Americans who have been followed around a store by store employees. A store where I shop stills tries to entrap me with the open purse in the shopping-cart trick after almost 30 years.

    July 27, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  17. Terik Ororke

    Enough already! Quit pushing this story into the ground - we are tired of it. P{eople do stupid things and say dumb things– even Presidents. Get over it!

    July 27, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  18. Marcus

    Once the 58yr old Harvard professor showed his Harvard ID, the officer should have walked away. The case was solved at that point, there was no burglar. The officer used bad judgement, he should have walked away and left the big mouth professor talking to himself.

    July 27, 2009 at 3:12 pm |
  19. Marie

    In response to the Skip Gates fiascco, I wanted to say that I am appauled at what an educated idiot Skip Gates is!!! The even bigger idiot is President Obama! Nothing racist was said on the tapes about anyone's color yet the professor so disorderly that I am not sure why the police dropped the charges; I think what happned is that Skip Gates' ego got in the way of progress and frankly why are we still talking about this. I am more appauled that Obama even became involved, he is so inexperienced and won't get my vote again. NO RACIAL PROFILING HAPPENED HERE!

    July 27, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  20. suz

    Are police officers public servants or are they there to exert their authority in every situation? If police officers consider themselves as public servants then they should approach every situation with rendering assistance; particularly, when some house is suspected to be burgalerized. The main question then becomes what officer Crowley offered in the way of assistance after it was established that Professor Gates was indeed the legal resident in that house? The police officers go through lots of training for public safety. Why Dr. gates was arrested if public safety was not threatened? What was the state of mind of the officer Crowley when he entered Dr. Gates’ house? The behaviour of officer Crowley is troubling for the safety of the public at large. Why do they not have public service in mind?
    Why officer Crowley is not being investigated for civil rights violations of Dr. Gates? Is it a “police state” that a police officer can arrest any body from his own house? I believe the whole police dept needs to investigated if they are operating it like a police state.

    July 27, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  21. Kat

    Police officers have dangerous jobs. They never know if the 911 call they are answering will be their last. There are officers killed often, two officers were killed in Oklahoma yesterday serving a warrant. You need to realize the situation they are in and act accordingly. I am not sure why the president is involved in this situation, and what he hopes to accomplish by having a meeting with both parties. The lesson that needs to be taught is not racial. No one is above the law, not even white, black, or hispanic professors. You must show respect if you want to get respect. If the situation was reversed and it was a black police officer and a white professor we would't even be hearing about this and the president would be working on our economy instead of keeping the racial card going on,and on, and on. If Gates ever need police assistance in the future, maybe he should call the president.

    July 27, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  22. Victor S.Granberry

    I challenge any news station to tell the truth. Citizens should have the right to express descent whether in the streets of Iran or standing on their front porch. If not threatening bodily harm to themselves or anyone else, all citizens should support that human right whether sworn to protect and serve or a president, the chief citizen. Any government offical that believes a citizen should be arrested for disagreeing with him siliently or aloud should not be a government official. Either the 911 call matches the police report or is not consistent. Did the citizen report their race and gender in the face-to-face report or on the phone. It needs to be established whether the officer lies on citizens or not. News stations talk about fair and balanced reporting. One shouldn’t be shown without the other again. How far did Professor Gates follow the police car?

    July 27, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  23. Brian Kier

    Aawwwww, that's so sweet. Comrades in arms. Well, it's only a matter of time until that black cop comes walking around the cubicle corner inside the Cambridge police barracks and overhears that Crowley and his 'real' police comrades, aka white ones, making some crude racial jokes...if they're not making some crude sexist ones that is. That's basically their 2 gears. That's why when they give an interview, they talk monotone because they are not relaxed and being their TRUE SELVES. They are focusing real hard on being politically correct and pseudo-sensitive because they know when they are on the record. Speaking of which....Ozzy warned us all...."Mr. Crowley, won't you ride my white horse, Mr. Crowley, it's symbolic of course"

    July 28, 2009 at 12:33 am |
  24. kinthenorthwest

    Some posters on here need to read the police reports of Crowley and Figuero.
    At the time Gates was first refusing to show his ID there were two officers in the house. Figueroa was standing behind Crowley and heard serveral of Gates' derogatory comments.

    July 28, 2009 at 4:10 am |
  25. Loren

    Did El Presidente Obama overeact? I think so. The 911 tapes do not mention a black person. Did Obama's own insecurity about being black enter the equation? Perhaps so because he acted on emotion when his friend was arrested. He did not get all the facts before he reacted. Could this be a factor in the future of our dealing with foreign enemies? The urge to react without all the facts will be our downfall with a leader who lacks patience.

    July 28, 2009 at 7:57 am |
  26. Al Rose

    In as much as the Cambridge Police stood firmly behind Sgt. Crowley in his arrest of professor Gates, will someone explain why the said police department dropped all charges against Gates even before president Obama made his comments on the arrest ? Could it be that the Cambridge Police found out that they had made a "stupid" mistake ?

    July 28, 2009 at 9:06 am |
  27. Ed

    This was Obama's waterloo. He guaranteed 3 things with this: The loss of the supermajority in the senate with the 2010 elections..people are fed up with Democrats doing the opposite of what the vast majority wants. #2 He cannot be re-elected in 2012. He's blow his chance of that and secured his spot beside Carter as one of the worst presidents in history. #3 He's all but handed the Republicans a victory in 2012...there are no tolerable liberal canidiates on the scene right now, while the Republicans have at least 3 "rock star" candidates that could beat Obama hands down in a landslide in 2012. I have a feeling we will be seeing president Jindal in 2012, and he's going to have to spend the first year of his presidency fixing the massive amount of things the dems are busy breaking right now.

    July 28, 2009 at 9:22 am |
  28. suz

    Perhaps it would be better if residential population records be made available to the police officers as readily (electronically) as the driver’s records as they stop a car. This way they have access to pertinent information before they approach a residence. The unlimited police power needs to be curtailed as fellow police officers tend to support their own and can not be relied upon for an honest and fair approach to check this power. Certain reforms are needed otherwise similar situations would continue to arise where citizens are mistreated at the hands of police. May be dis-arming the police (similar to Europe) may be the way to curtail their unlimited powers and restore respect for citizens.

    July 28, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  29. mike

    "Well, it’s only a matter of time until that black cop comes walking around the cubicle corner inside the Cambridge police barracks and overhears that Crowley and his ‘real’ police comrades, aka white ones, making some crude racial jokes…if they’re not making some crude sexist ones that is."

    Brian Kier: that had to be the stupidest comment on all of the internets today. congratulations, you came in last in the human race.

    July 28, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  30. John

    I think the participants in this video were sincere. My heart was warmed by their genuine support of one of their own who had been wrongly accused. I am disappointed that so many leaving comments have been hardened to the point that their hearts can no longer sense what is heartfelt respect for what is right and decent. To me, this video was a breath of fresh air as a testimony to fact that there are many living and working situations around our country that foster respect, caring and commitment between the races. It is a shame that these relationships are not displayed more in the national media.

    July 28, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  31. Stevie B

    Shame on these 2 block cops for selling out.

    July 28, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  32. Dan in CA

    Pres. Obama is overreaching. He is surrounded by those that worship him and by much of the press that had made it look like he can do no wrong. I had hoped for positive change and there has been change but it is negative. I did not vote for him but when he won I supported him as our President. Now, not just because of this issue, feel he may be smart but he has no wisdom. He is not compitent and even his choices for staff and all those rediculous Zars Etc are making him look foolish and are deminishing our country. I have started to look carefully at his med plan and it fightnes me. He is spending like the proverbial drunken sailor and spending on his agenda, not on what is good for most of the Americam people.
    I can not wait for the next election so we can weaken his hold and get some needed balance back.

    July 28, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  33. denver

    I have a friend that is a state trooper here in Alabama. He relates when he stops people for speeding, and writes a ticket (20-30 times/day) he hears "Thats OK give me one, Obama will pay it" 6-7 times per week...Before Gatesgate.

    July 28, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  34. SJM

    Dear seeking the truth,
    The reason we don't see wite men being thumped by the police is simple. Put in the same situation as prof gates, a white man would have provided ID, thanked the officer for responding so quickly, and been done with it. Last wek, my wife, a white woman, was pulled off a plane in Chicago by 5 DHS officers, fully searched – her and her luggage and released with no explanation. She didn't throw a fit, run to the press, or start a fight. She just went politely along with them. In the end, they said that it had been a mistake, have a nice day. No big scene. Basically, it's like this. When white people don't get their way, they move on (mostly). When the African American community doesn't get it's way, they riot in the streets, shout discrimination, and make every attempt to excuse their bad behaviour when all they need to do is MOVE ON

    July 28, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  35. Friedo

    Nice job, Kyra Phillips! No matter what anybody says, I think you helped "broker the peace" and bring about the meeting among the involved parties in this incident. I was watching your program the day the PRESIDENT showed up in the briefing room. The succession of events that day leads me to believe that either the President himself or his aides also watched you live on CNN and decided to heed your call for a get-together over beer.
    So on top of all of your achievements, I think we oughtta elevate you to the post of "Race Relations Czar."

    July 28, 2009 at 1:38 pm |
  36. Cissy

    All Law Enforcement Agencies will not Vote this Man in office again.........Good-Bye Obama...

    July 28, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  37. LEWIS

    Racial profilling happens every day in America. I was walking down a street that led to the shopping center in a White neighbor hood When the White lady called the police. I continued to walk towards the shopping center as the police officer stared at me and followed me all the way until I reached the shopping center.

    July 28, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  38. czar-this

    I love it .. Now that the truth is out and the NUTTY PROF was proven to be the baiter everyone who was screaming racism NOW WANT'S TO MOVE ON love how that work's .Don't worry the media will move on now because they can't make it what it is not ,they will move on with no apology for all there misleading reporting. But don't worry another call of fake racism is just around the corner as the poll's drop the scream's will get LOUDER.

    July 28, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  39. Ryan

    There's nothing new about self righteous cops defending each other. There is no race boundary for that. People placed in positions of power either use it for a greater cause or for their own and wield it accordingly.

    Gates shouldn't have seemingly played the race card so frivilously and should have been thankful that a police officer was there to help protect him, his family and property in case there was a real emergency. Instead he obstructed the police officers investigation by initially refusing to produce ID. Crowley should have left the scene immediately after finding out that Gates was in his place of residence and obviously not in distress. Instead Crowley was an idiot, as our president said, and provoked the situation by sticking around when clearly he wasn't wanted. Two wrongs don't make a right and in this case made a cluster *.

    Mike, I'm assuming you were making a joke by saying all of the internets, since there is no such thing. There is only the internet. maybe you are referring to intranets, doubtful though.

    July 28, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  40. Gil

    This is too funny, as if we expected them to say anything else. What did they think becasue they are Black – what a joke, do you really think they had a choice please they had to be there, they couldn't work in that station house otherwise. Remember BLUE First. I'm sorry even if they though Crowley was the biggest jerk in world they will always stick together..we have seen that time and time again. So lets stop pretending. When was the last time a cop came out againt another cop (only when caught doing something illegial and trying to save his own skin). Actually the support for the cop is just a bit over the top. I'm shocked they didn't call in the National Guard. If you listen to the radio dialogue, even after Crowley had the id, he still requested additional cars be sent, what was that about – so you know you don't have a crime, you have the owner of the house, but you sitll request additonal back up...hmmm makes you wonder. Did race really not play a part in this? I'm always shocked by people both black and white, hispanic and Asian who seem to be reasonable, loving kind people, when confronted with a situation where the race of the person they are in conflict with is different – proceed to refer to that person's race followed by expletives So no matter how non racial we claim to be, the truth is, so very few are and that includes both Crowley and Gates.

    July 28, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  41. beefrank

    The only color being stereotyped in this incident is blue. The police are being stereotyped as the racists when it is the dominant color blacks being racists. Who is the dominant color in power here? We have a black Harvard professor, a black mayor, a black state governor, a black US president and one white policeman. In fact, the black professor has a house in Martha's Vineyard and the black president will be vacationing there. Who is the victim here? And Gates claims blacks have not advanced in US society? What a joke!!!

    July 28, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  42. Brian Kier

    Mike : "Brian Kier: that had to be the stupidest comment on all of the internets today. congratulations, you came in last in the human race."

    OMG, I need to call up President Obama and tell him you called me 'stupid'! He'd probably say, "Hey Brian, at least you were man enough to use your full name." And I'd say, "Thanks Pres, and I can back up what I said with facts from having worked with law enforcement, unlike Mike who fails to formulate a coherent rebuttal."

    July 28, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  43. kelly

    I think this is a golden opportunity for the Cambridge police department to use the media to tell the public that they swear to protect what they do for them everyday besides write traffic tickets. I can understand as an African American woman what it is to have someone make judements about me based on my race or gender. But instead of dwelling on someones response to me, I take the opportunity to educate that person about myself.

    I hope the Cambridge police department can use this opportunity to foster communication with all of the communites it serves, educate the public and show themselves as part of the community they serve, not apart from it. If the department continues to answer the media in an overly emotional manor, then people will become weary of the story itself. This is a when you got lemons, you make lemondade moment...

    July 28, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  44. Mimi Jarrett

    Birds of a feather flock together. Of course, they are going to back up that cop they probably have had to do it before or someone has done it for them. All police do not do racial profiling but the majority do. No matter what place you live in it is happening as we speak. I wish when a policeman or anyone else is wrong they would not have an "amen" corner. They never learn the error of their ways when someone supports their wrong doing.

    July 28, 2009 at 7:04 pm |

    So many duffas', so little time. Some of you need to take a deep breath and try using your brain instead of projecting your personal experiences onto this incident. YOU DON'T HAVE ALL THE FACTS! Yet you feel the need to pass judgment.

    The truth is (and I say this having supported Obama) the only surely stupid move was Obama passing judgment without knowing all the facts! Listen, if a guess had to be made, I would guess that the prof. has a sense of entitlement... he feels he is an extremely important, well connected guy, who is above being pestered by a lowly cop. Proving that arrogance is not limited to powerful white guy's. I think this whole thing just proves we have moved one step closer to true equality! 🙂

    July 28, 2009 at 7:56 pm |
  46. Pius

    Either the police officer has no ability to assess situations or he decided to be obtuce. As a consequence abused his power=overreaction.

    I have no doubt in my mind the professor gave the officers enough time to assess the situation correctly. Then they had overstepped
    their boundaries. A man with self respect stepps up .Thus the professor's outrage. Justified if you ask me.

    This is not a street , public place or crack house. The professor did not act in /or with a guilty conscience ,he found himself in no position to compromise in his own house.

    Afterall , his privacy was invaded by this misjugded intrusion ,he could have experienced betrayal and vulnerability and he responded in kind. He does not feel in the wrong at thing point.

    July 29, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  47. Pius

    If Lou Dobbs can persistantly continue to insinuate demands on the President's birth certificate ,America has a conscience to examine.
    And if Professor Gates cannot demand an explanation from a police officer in his own domicilium , America needs to examine its conscience. If it has any.

    July 29, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  48. James

    Why isn't the woman who reported Gates break in going to the White House to have a beer or glass of wine? All she did was look after her neighbor's property as we all would like our neighbors to do for us. A mistake was made as to identity, it was never racially motivated. People need to stop using the race card for everything. If Michael Jackson's doctor was white, would they be saying that his death was racially motivated too? C'mon people, we're smarter than that, are we not?

    July 29, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  49. Jam

    Professor Gates produced his proper identification..Sgt.Crowley and
    the other officers should have accepted that.Professor Gates should
    had every right to be upset,but really overreacted regarding his position as a professor.I see two mistakes here.President Obama
    gave his opinion

    July 29, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  50. beefrank is called 'neighborhood-watch', not 'racial profiling'. They were just admiring your strut..."Do-do-dooo-do-do-doo-doot,doot,doot....ha,ha,ha..stayin' alive, stayin' alive....".

    July 29, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  51. Will Turner

    It seems that the lady, who in my opinion was doing her civic duty bu calling 911, has shown that her call and her comments were not consistent with the police report filed by Sgt. Crowley. So apparently he lied on his police report. Because we don't experince doesn't mean it doesn't happen. Remember the news report of the black professional football player who was not allowed to seeing his dying mother-in-law in the hospital parking lot or the police officer who horse collared the EMC supervisor. If they were not caught on camera, we would have not believed that could happen in this country. My simple question is why did Sgt. Crowley lie on his police report? Why are we not discussing that? It appears that although the president may have spoken too soon or used the wrong words, his assessment was correct

    July 29, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  52. SDS

    It is very unfortunate and painful when someone is racially profiled. The implications of racial profiling are devastating and can ruin someone's whole life. It is always big news when an African American is discriminated against by a white person but it is not considered news worthy when a black or white person discriminates against the minority Asian ethnic group or Latino group. This happened to my wife, who for 19 years worked honestly for Giant Food at Burke Virginia. She was clearly racially profiled by two white and one black person and terminated from her job for something she didn't do. She was intimidated , threatened and told she will not be able to walk out of the room if she did not admit, police will be called and she will be handcuffed. It is more unfortunate that in spite of having a Union we still have to hire a lawyer, to prove she is innocent, and spend thousands of dollars my wife is not getting much help from the Union Local 400. She has to pay a Big Prize for her honesty. Loose her job. God Bless America.

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    July 29, 2009 at 9:26 pm |
  53. Being Real

    In the situation concerning Dr. Gates, what would be so wrong with the officer, after realizing that an error was made, to just excuse himself? I think that he had every right to react as he did. There was an obvious mistake made and regardless of what anyone says, this was from the onset a racially motivated assumption. Maybe the officer was racially profiling or not, but I think the lady who originally reported the possible intrusion was making her call based on a stereotype that blacks are somehow always involved in criminal activity.

    I also commend President Obama for atleast having the guts and vision to attempt to address this instead of ignoring as past presidents who would not even acknowledge that there was even a racial prblem in this country. Maybe he came out too hot with his comments, but he came out in an attempt to correct another injustice And I guess that this "problem" depends on which side one is on. It is time for this government to be the government for all of its people. Anything else would be an avoidable infraction that violates the creed that isthe foundation of this nation

    July 29, 2009 at 9:48 pm |
  54. jerry jeter

    Why is no one reporting on the veracity of Mr. Crowley's police report? Apparently he states the 911 caller mentions "two black men with backpacks". The 911 caller categorically states she did not mention race at all. If this is factual what does that say about Mr. Crowley? I have not heard anyone comment on this part of the story. If anyone deserves to be invited to the White House, it is the 911 caller. She should not be receiving the negative response she is getting for being a concerned citizen.


    July 29, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  55. lennard leenders

    I think it's wonderfull they get to meet face to face again,but it is not going to solve anything as long as people have an opinion there will be race , weight,financial,age you name it discrimination.

    July 30, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  56. Thelma

    Why did Sgt. Crowley's report indicate that two black males with back packs at the scence of possible break-in.
    911 caller's tape did not reveal this. Where did he obtain his information for his report.
    His report has not been discussed very much by the press.

    July 30, 2009 at 1:28 pm |
  57. Brian Kier

    Hahahaha...hey Mike, the Boston cop vindicated me!! Call em like I see em and I called that one!

    The only thing '2 black males' broke into was Crowley's police report. Once again, Ozzy : "Mr. Crowley, what went on in your head?...l want to know what you meant"

    July 30, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  58. suz

    Where is the common sense? A police officer is being honored in the White House for abusing his power. The police force has taken this nation as a hostage and is blackmailing the citizens into submission and want to be rewarded for their aggressive behaviour. If it is not a police state then what it is?

    July 30, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  59. JAK

    There are some truly ignorant individuals commenting on this forum. I myself have actually come across abusive, arrogant, and power tripping police officers before, so I consider myself anything but naive in regards to this topic (On the same note, I have also known of Collegiate level professors who maintain themselves as some sort of demigod, and they demand complete subservience from everyone they confront). However, I am also not an ignoramus, and therefore I believe in judging everyone based upon their individual character and actions. Sgt. James Crowley is an example of the other side of law enforcement; the portion of law enforcement officials who do in fact represent honor, duty, and service to the community. His actions are nothing out of what I consider ordinary, in regards to either police procedure, or simple common sense. He acted professionally, and he went about his job in a thorough and properly investigative manner. Place yourself in the shoes of a homeowner who just had their residence broken into for instance, and tell me with all seriousness that you would not wish for the responding officer to act in a similar manner to Sgt. James Crowley? He promptly responded to an emergency service call, and he remained skeptical of the claims which Professor Gates spouted in regards to being the lawful homeowner. When Professor Gates went to retrieve his requested ID, Sgt. James Crowley followed him into the residence. The aforementioned actions are common sensed base, as from the officer's point of view, how does he know that the person who remains a suspect will not escape from the scene of a potential crime, or that he will not retrieve a weapon? In turn, Professor Gates flipped out, and although possibly understandable depending upon his current state of mind, he proceeded to in turn follow the officer after he began to exit the residence. Pursuing Sgt. James Crowley outside displays the fact that Professor Gates was the one intent on continuing the confrontation, after having escalated it himself, and therefore it was completely within his responsibility to disarm the situation, which he completely failed in doing so. In conclusion, Sgt. James Crowley is on the correct side of this issue, and it is entirely Professor Gates who needs to repent for his actions. In consequence of such, President Obama should have never weighed into this issue. If we faced what amounted to a Rodney King Part II, I would hope the President would weigh in, but he should be more cautious in how he deploys and engages in discussions on race conflict.

    July 30, 2009 at 7:00 pm |
  60. Neessy

    Question for Officer Leon Lashley:
    It appears that you are in total support of your White officers. Did you even hear what BOSTON POLICE OFFICER JOHN BARRETT CALLED PROFESSOR GATES (A BLACK MAN LIKE YOURSELF) AND I QUOTE; "DR. GATES IS A BANANA EATING JUNGLE MONKEY." DO YOU REALIZE THIS MEANS YOU TOO? AND THE POLICE DEPARTMENT YOU PUT SUCH CONFIDENCE IN DID NOT FIRE OFFICER BARRETT, THEY ONLY 'SUSPENDED' HIM. THIS LEAVES A DOZEN OF ROTTEN EGGS ON YOU FACE AND SHOULD EMBARRASS THOROUGHLY. i AM EMBARRASSED FOR YOU FOR YOUR BEING SO VERY adolescent and NAIVE of you. i will not call you an "Uncle Tom" as others have, but I know many Black men today who would sell out their own mother in order to be well thought of by White men. Unfortunately, we believe you are one of them. Ypu know that if you used the language John Barrett used in the media about a White Professor or anyone as well known and well thought of as Dr. Gates, you would be fired on the spot. I'm even surprised Lou
    Dobbs is not calling for the President's impeachment. Shame on you.

    July 30, 2009 at 7:59 pm |
  61. Tony from houston

    It seems that check you getting every two weeks got you trained like a monkey mr don lemon. For you not to stand up for that professor is to show our common problem in the black community. We don't stand together and we don't stand up. If you never have been harassed by a cop or had one of your family members harassed than you must go out in public with white face mask cause there is no black male in america who is ammune to this bad racial profileing cop disease. And as far as that black cop goes he's just as racist against black males if not more. The police force now a days make sure everyone that comes into the force thinks and believe just like them, that's why they have the year probationary period. If you don't play ball then your gone. So just because a black cop spoke up for him don't mean crap. Seems like Rick Sanchez and the white newspeople are the only ones allowed to stand up for there people. You and tony can switch sides cause your no help to us. Uncle Tom on the highest level cause you are constantly in the public eye.

    July 31, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  62. Hiram

    Don,cash for clunkers is a great program for all. To get $4500 you need a clunker that does 18mph minimum and the new car 10 more mph, that's 50 % better gas mileage. Minimum 230,000 vehicles sold, great for autodealers and their employees. Benefits for the enviroment, less gasoline consumption and help for people strugling at autodealearships. Hurray to congress and the president.

    August 1, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  63. WilldThrill

    Dear Don, simply getting tired of the CNN anchors "hammering" us with iReports of racial-profiling...on National TV. FYI, I am white and I too have been the victim of what could have easily been construed as profiling by law enforcement; in fact, my WHITE father-in-law was turned away by a luxurious hotel clerk bc he looked too poor (to afford the room). So, wouldn't you agree that this is also a form of using this Cambridge incident to resurrect the past,you may only further contribute to our current economic instability, don't you think?

    Please stop!

    August 2, 2009 at 1:35 am |
  64. Will Turner

    The Gates incident was not a case of racial profiling. As a black man I know the difference. My son and daugther in law are both police officers. This is a case of officer abuse of power. After he thought about he decided to lie on his police report to justify his position. Even after his beer at the white house, where the President tried to bring some santity to this case, he still held his position. Prof Gates sent lady who was doing her civic duty flowers and did not comment on camera about the meeting. Sgt. Crowley was the only one who commented and still refuses to abmit he was wrong. Our first Admendment gives us the right to free speach without goverment/authority intervention.

    August 2, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  65. Shane

    Crowley says in the tapes something like "the gmnlteean is being uncooperative" this was when he didn't know this would become 'something'. The black officer has stated that he saw Gates being animated and agitated. Witnesses who gathered say the same thing. Gates has made no claim of Crowley calling him names, touching him, or expressing a racial motive. Crowley appears calm throughout, and nobody has stated otherwise, Gates not so much. Crowley investigated this matter in line with the procedures he was instructed to follow, according to Cambridge Police. Had Crowley not gone into the house, and the Professor and Mary Ann ended up being assaulted by the "two males, one possibly Hispanic", Crowley would be accused of failing to protect a black man. Gates was not arrested for breaking into the house. Gates was arrested for not allowing a police officer complete his investigating into reported crime in progress. To suggest that Gates was arrested for no reason is silly. Cop comes to your house, placing his life on the line, and has to listen to your nonsense, based on your preconceived expectation that a white cop must be racially motivated? Gate's didn't like the idea of this white cop coming into his house, ignorant of the fact that Crowley might have good reason to suspect that two criminals might very well be in that house, of whatever color. Had the responding cop been black, and the same series of events took place, we wouldn't be discussing this right now. REPEAT: Had the responding cop been black, this would be a non issue. It's not Crowley's racial bias that created this problem, it's Gates'. When and why Crowley mentioned "two black men" is quite secondary, the 'subjects' ended up being black males, so what, they also ended up being innocent. A cop who happens to be white, was trying to protect a homeowner who happens to be black, from a reported break-in by two other males who after the fact are found to be the black homeowner and driver. It was in Mr. Gate's control to let this matter end as a simple misunderstanding, but in spite of his background, or more likely because of it, he did not do so. I mouth off to a cop as he responds to a reported crime and i'm going to be charged with disorderly conduct, regardless off my color, or his, or her's. And often, i'm going to get a slap to the head to boot, or a boot to the head. Yes, one of the parties showed their racism here, just not the one you'd expect it from. As Mike b1 Notes "Crowley is not what he 1st appeared".. True, in Mr. Gate's eyes he appeared to be a white guy stomping on the liberties of a black man by entering his house. Too bad, had he only been a black cop instead! I wonder if this will make other white cops slow down a little when responding to the next call, so they dont have to deal with this for the rest of their lives, as the "injured party" goes on the talk show circut and plans classes around it.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:24 am |

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