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Officer: Henry Louis Gates Jr. Was Belligerent[Continuing Tirade After Being Warned Multiple Times]
The Seattle Times Company ^ | July 24, 2009 | By ABBY GOODNOUGH

Posted on 07/24/2009 3:25:53 AM PDT by Son House

Gates, 58, says the sergeant repeatedly refused to reveal his name or badge number; Crowley, 42, says the professor initially refused to provide identification, then produced only his Harvard ID card, which included no address, to prove he lived in the house.

Crowley told a local radio station Thursday that Obama "didn't know all the facts" and that Gates — a prolific scholar of African-American history and a leading intellectual — had been oddly belligerent from the start of their encounter July 16.

"From the time he opened the door it seemed that he was very upset, very put off that I was there in the first place," Crowley said.

Crowley's visit to the professor's home near Harvard Square was prompted by a 911 call from a passer-by who reported two black men trying to force open the front door. The men were Gates, just home from a trip to China, and his cabdriver; Gates said this week that his door was jammed and he had asked the driver for help shoving it open.

Crowley said he tried to identify himself several times but the professor was shouting too loudly to hear.

"He was arrested after following me outside the house," Crowley said on the radio, "continuing the tirade even after being warned multiple times, probably a few more times than the average person would have gotten."

Crowley, an 11-year veteran of the department, was hand-picked to teach a class on racial profiling at a police training academy.

Thomas Fleming, director of the police academy at the Lowell Police Department, said Crowley has taught the course for five years.

(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.nwsource.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: belligerent; bho44; gates; henry; henrygates; mrskippy; officer; stupidgate
Serious lack of self discipline. He's old enough to know to show respect for the Police.
1 posted on 07/24/2009 3:25:54 AM PDT by Son House
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To: Son House

Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and the Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University....is a racist, and there’s no other way to say it.


2 posted on 07/24/2009 3:38:25 AM PDT by csense
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To: Son House

I wonder how differently this may have gone had the police officer been black.

There is where the actual racism is in this story.

I suspect Gates just couldn’t contain his hate for the white man when being questioned. This would not have happened if one of his own had questioned him.


3 posted on 07/24/2009 3:40:50 AM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: JudyinCanada

“This would not have happened if one of his own had questioned him.”

No most likely if it had been a black officer responding and asking the questions... he would have called him and “uncle tom”


4 posted on 07/24/2009 3:45:33 AM PDT by Americanwolf (I.Y.A.O.Y.A.S. If you don't know what it means you probably shouldn't ask.)
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To: Son House

Chris Rock made a training video on this for black folks. Caution, strong language.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQLCF4Tiqg4


5 posted on 07/24/2009 3:58:22 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault ( Obama, you're off the island!)
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To: JudyinCanada

You hear Rush’s take on this yesterday? It sounded quite plausible. Gates *wanted* to be arrested so he could get publicity for his cause.


6 posted on 07/24/2009 4:03:47 AM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: Son House

On F&F now.


7 posted on 07/24/2009 4:05:32 AM PDT by mathluv ( Conservative first and foremost, republican second - GO SARAHCUDA!!!!)
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To: Son House
Why are we continuing to attack the victim of this racist police brutality? It is obvious Mr. Gates grew up poor and has never gotten a break in this terrible racist society. It is bad enough he is forced by society to live in the streets and sleep under a highway overpass.

Free Mr. Gates! Stop the Pigs! Some day a Black Man will be in the White House and these horrors will end!

Coined Rant /off

8 posted on 07/24/2009 4:09:17 AM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: Son House

Racist White House.
Racist Harvard.
Racist Obama’s DOJ.

Nothing to see here. Move along.


9 posted on 07/24/2009 4:14:11 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Those who go below the surface do so at their peril" - Oscar Wilde)
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To: JudyinCanada

Actually, blacks being arrested or questioned are equally disrespectful to black police officers, too. It’s all part of a weird sense of privilege or specialness that somehow has been instilled in this self-defined “militant black” group, making them feel that ordinary law and ordinary procedures don’t apply to them.

Being aggressive or hostile to the police and even to the law itself is somehow “sticking it to the man.” I think this attitude is one that is a serious problem among young blacks and has really held back their progress in joining the larger society.


10 posted on 07/24/2009 4:31:16 AM PDT by livius
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To: livius
Please remind me; Was it Obama or the Reverend Wright who went to Harvard?
It appears it is not only Obama’s grandmother who stereotyped people (and got tossed under the bus), but also Professor “do you know who I am” Gates. However, Obama did not throw Gates under the bus. Who says blood is thicker than ??????racism?
11 posted on 07/24/2009 5:03:04 AM PDT by BilLies
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To: Son House
says the sergeant repeatedly refused to reveal his name or badge number

Of course it wouldn't occur to him to look at the cop's shirt for a name tag and badge.

12 posted on 07/24/2009 5:08:39 AM PDT by bgill (The evidence simply does not support the official position of the Obama administration)
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To: Right Wing Assault
Chris Rock's training video is some of his best stuff, because he ID's all of the potential bad actors...

In general, police racism/excesses do exist and yes really stupid (or worse) behavior by minorities really exist. One of the greatest fallacies is to identify one party that has fault in a matter and then stop looking.

Concerning Professor Crowely, well I think he's probably an enlisted jerk that allowed his veiled prejudices to show.

The secret is knowing how much (or even if) one of these elements is involved in each particular incident and not allowing baseless to accusations deflect real fault. One of the greatest fallacies is to identify one party that has fault in a matter and then stop looking.

13 posted on 07/24/2009 5:36:23 AM PDT by Red Dog #1
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To: Red Dog #1

What good does showing the police his Harvard ID. I doubt it has his home address on the ID. He was just trying to show the police how important he is.


14 posted on 07/24/2009 5:43:31 AM PDT by tghoul
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To: Son House

Which of these men has protection under hate crime laws if any exists in Massachusetts?


15 posted on 07/24/2009 5:49:00 AM PDT by Notasoccermom
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To: Son House
Why doesn't anyone ask the colored officer what he observed?


16 posted on 07/24/2009 5:50:06 AM PDT by McGruff (Apologize to those officers President Obama or you're no better than John Murtha.)
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To: Red Dog #1

Small correction. Gates is the professor, Crowley is the police officer.


17 posted on 07/24/2009 7:27:26 AM PDT by Cheburashka (Nanny states don't come cheap.)
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To: livius
Being aggressive or hostile to the police and even to the law itself is somehow “sticking it to the man.”

I've seen a real increase in hostile behavior since Obama got the nomination. Not just to police but toward whites in general.

18 posted on 07/24/2009 7:33:47 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: tghoul
What good does showing the police his Harvard ID. I doubt it has his home address on the ID. He was just trying to show the police how important he is.

It's Cambridge, Harvard is an important employer in the community. The officer called in and requested that Harvard security send someone to the scene, since the house was rented/owned by Harvard, and who would presumably be able to vouch for Professor Gates.
19 posted on 07/24/2009 7:34:36 AM PDT by Cheburashka (Nanny states don't come cheap.)
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To: Cheburashka

Yes, the Harvard police showed up and verified his address.


20 posted on 07/24/2009 8:03:06 AM PDT by livius
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To: BilLies

Obama is trying to adopt a phoney black persona. You’ll notice how he affects what he thinks is a “black” accent at times and tries to use black slang. Unfortunately, the black power establishment selected black street punks to be its true role model for “black” behavior.

Somebody like Gates, a university professor, challenging the cop with a “yo’ mama” is ridiculous and shows how far this stupidity has gone.


21 posted on 07/24/2009 8:07:20 AM PDT by livius
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To: Cheburashka

Cheburashkam,
I really do need to hire an editor. Thanks for the correction.


22 posted on 07/24/2009 12:51:28 PM PDT by Red Dog #1
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To: tghoul
A reasonable person, and I have my doubts about Gates, might have shown his Harvard ID to verify his identity. A call to the police dispatcher could then have verified that it was his residence. As other Freepers have observed, I wouldn't be surprised to find that this whole thing was a staged by Gates.
23 posted on 07/24/2009 12:55:49 PM PDT by Red Dog #1
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To: Right Wing Assault

I just love that clip. My husband and I always laugh in the car “he got weed, he got weed”. Yep. Don’t ride with a mad woman.


24 posted on 07/24/2009 1:02:18 PM PDT by keepitreal (Obama brings change: an international crisis (terrorism) within 6 months)
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To: McGruff

Finally we heard from him today. He said he supports Crowley and the arrest 100%. He said Gates was acting strangely.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-ap-us-harvard-scholar-arresting-officer,0,4731766.story


25 posted on 07/24/2009 4:58:48 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault ( Obama, you're off the island!)
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To: Son House

Bookmark


26 posted on 07/24/2009 5:07:49 PM PDT by dragnet2
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