African-American scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr, who teaches at Harvard, was arrested last week by Cambridge police investigating a break-in. Police officers apparently came to his house to question him, and he had trouble unlocking his door, which resulted in some sort of altercation:
He was booked for disorderly conduct after “exhibiting loud and tumultuous behavior,” according to a police report. Gates accused the investigating officer of being a racist and told him he had “no idea who he was messing with,” the report said.
Gates told the officer that he was being targeted because “I’m a black man in America.”
Friends of Gates said he was already in his home when police arrived. He showed his driver’s license and Harvard identification card, but was handcuffed and taken into police custody for several hours last Thursday, they said.
The police report said Gates was arrested after he yelled at the investigating officer repeatedly inside the residence then followed the officer outside, where Gates continued to upbraid him. “It was at that time that I informed Professor Gates that he was under arrest,” the officer wrote in the report.
The whole thing sounds… questionable, to be generous, on the part of the police. But if you really want to be horrified, read the comments to the article. The blind deference to police behavior never fails to shock me.
Thanks to Tom Foolery for the link.
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