The Zionist Conspiracy
Saturday, July 25, 2009
On Gates, Crowley and Obama
President Obama had it exactly right when he at first stated that the Cambridge, MA police acted "stupidly" in arresting Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. As Obama pointed out, once it was obvious that Gates was indeed in his own home, the police should have left him alone.
It would have been better if Gates had not lost his temper while being questioned by Sgt. James Crowley. For some reason, however, many cops - Crowley apparently among them - seem to think that being talked back to justifies arrest for "disorderly conduct." Many citizens also seem to think there's some law about being silent and completely compliant while in the presence of police officers. While this is surely the most prudent approach, no such law exists.
Did Gates appear to be a threat to Crowley? I doubt it, in which case his arrest was worse than stupid. It was an abuse of authority.
This does not make Crowley a racist. Many white people are arrested for disorderly conduct for the "crime" of talking back to a police officer.