My view on the cop and the professor

Well, why not? Everyone else is throwing in their two cents — adjusted for inflation — on this Cambridge police officer and the Harvard professor and the president:

1) Burglars break into homes. They do! No kidding. Some are white, some black, Hispanic and so on. It’s well-documented. The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics will fill you in.

2) Police work is sometime dangerous.

3) Unfortunately, crooks don’t wear signs on their backs saying “Burglar” or “Violent Criminal” and so on.

4) You might be taken back on this next point: There are times when people lie to the cops. Yes, it happens everywhere except Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.

Henry Louis Gates is a prominent Harvard professor. He didn’t know the officer and the officer, Sgt. Joseph Crowley, didn’t know Gates. Crowley saw a man working on the front door.

What do you do? Assume? No, no, no, no. Assumptions will make a fool of you. And make them enough, you’ll get killed in this business.

The sergeant did what he should. He checks the guy out. Here’s where everything went south. The professor is at his own house. So when he’s challenged, he’s not happy. In fact, he’s mad.

By the time he shows his I.D., I will bet you he has already let the sergeant know how unhappy he is. And I don’t think for a moment he considered Numbers 1 through 4, above.

Most of the time the cops will let you vent for a while. But push it far enough and you pass the point of no return.

Tuesday night – late, very late, as in 3 a.m. on Wednesday morning – my son got very sick. It started at 1 a.m. and, by 3 a.m., I headed to the driveway to move cars around so I could get my son in the car and on the way to the hospital.

We have to move cars around since we have five. It’s a pain. I move my son’s truck to the curb, run back, move my work car. About that time a sheriff’s car drives through the neighborhood, and the officer sees me running to the garage from a truck. The deputy stopped and asked what I was doing.

I was at my house, in a mild state of urgency, and with not too much time to spare. About the second question, I realized the deputy wasn’t sure who I was and if  believed I lived there or was lying after being caught doing a no-no.

The deputy was an African-American female. I don’t think she profiled me. She was acting on what she saw and took Numbers 1 through 4 into account. She probably took them into account based on experience. As much as this was my house and my rather bad situation, the deputy didn’t know me. Asking for I.D. and a couple of questions were perfectly legitimate.

Had I shot my mouth off, I would have landed in the same mess that Professor Gates did.

I don’t believe for a minute that Gates was questioned because he was African-American. The circumstances were suspicious and the officer did what officers do: investigate and ask questions. It is what they are supposed to do.

Now that being what it is, let’s add the fact that Gates knows President Barrack Obama, so a call is made to the president and the rookie president accuses the Cambridge police of “acting stupidly.”

Great! You’re the president and now you’ve just alienated the police with a blanket statement, essentially accusing all of them as discriminating and engaging in profiling. You can hear the spin doctors groaning as they run to their computers. What a mess.

Someone needs to give the rookie president some good advice. Don’t pop off until you do your homework. You’re not helping — at all!

95 comments Add your comment

lucy

July 24th, 2009
1:00 pm

Yes and someone needs to explain to him just how much damage can be done when a cane is wielded violently.

BiteMe

July 24th, 2009
1:10 pm

THANK YOU, STEVE! Well said!!!!!!!!

ALI

July 24th, 2009
1:14 pm

Smartly put thank you very much. What gets under my skin the most is that if the roles were reversed (white professor black cop) this story would not have made it to the 6:00 news in Cambridge. I wish people would stop and think before they yell racisim. These are the types of situations that make people thik twice before becoming a police officer.

KS

July 24th, 2009
1:14 pm

This story is really about abuse of authority. Gates identity had been confirmed. The disorderly charge was thrown out by the DA who knew it would not stand up in court. Which means that the arrest was unwarranted and for intimidation porposes only.

Brad

July 24th, 2009
1:16 pm

AMEN! 2 sides to every story; and unless the facts show otherwise, I’m going to give the benefit-of-doubt to the police officer every time. Perhaps our esteemed President needs to stop speaking so “stupidly” and support our public safety men and women.

Bob

July 24th, 2009
1:19 pm

Steve, I was totally with you until the last three paragraphs which spoiled an otherwise reasoned commentary. I think the cops did exactly what they should have done, *with the exception of arresting a 58 year old man* for nothing other than being indignant at being questioned in his own home.

mrj

July 24th, 2009
1:39 pm

Hope your son is ok, Detective.

El Grunge

July 24th, 2009
1:42 pm

The whole scene could have played out differently in a variety of ways if both of the actors had showed a little common sense. The prof didn’t need to jump to racist conclusions but it is understandable that he would be upset about being hassled in his own house. The cop, after realizing that the guy lived there, could have just walked away.
The prof wouldn’t have much of a story for his students if the cop had just left. The cop would have had a good story for his students in the racial profiling class. As it is, neither one has a good story.

Ima Nidiot

July 24th, 2009
1:46 pm

The primary objective of that LEO in Cambridge was to make sure no burglary is taking place, and make sure nobody gets hurt. Now the professor was mad, and he was, for all intents and purposes, being a jerk to the officer. I am not a cop, but my understanding is that being a jerk is not a crime, and police are abusing their authority if they arrest and charge people simply for just being a jerk. Detain and handcuff the suspect, get his ID to establish his identity and check for warrants, then let him go, since it is his house, and no burglary is in progress. It says ‘To Serve and Protect’ on most police cruisers. Arresting a mouthy college professor ’serves’ only the ego of the officer and I’m not sure how much ‘protection’ we need from 58 year old college professors.

If he took a swing at the officer, pushed the officer, or made some threat to the office, that’s another story….but he did not.

GRITSiam

July 24th, 2009
1:55 pm

Angie

July 24th, 2009
2:07 pm

I agree with you Bob, I feel that the he had a right to get agitated with the officer. There is a bigger picture here than just what is being said, in that this man has just come home from a long journey and his door is stuck and he can’t get into his house. Granted he didn’t have to say what he said and I think that was in the heat of the moment, but that is what makes us human and that is what should count and not so much what is said. Sometimes I think we hold people up to high and the reality is we are just human sometimes.

Pedro

July 24th, 2009
2:13 pm

KS, you’ve obviously either:

A). had no personal experience whatsoever with law enforcement (as in been questioned or arrested).
B). been questioned and/or arrested for something you were innocent of and have an axe to grind on abuse of power.

I have experienced the latter.

I am as white as rice and have twice suffered the indignity of being wrongly suspected. The first time, I was irate (as in angry white male) and became an obnoxious a-hole and I spent hours getting myself out of detention. I hired a lawyer and after spending too much, I learned that I could not win and that I probably could have ended the situation inside of 30 minutes had I been calm enough to allow the officer to verify my “facts”, since my statements were mere allegory to the officer at the time of the confrontation.

The second time, I bit my tongue, followed the officer’s instructions, missed an appointment, and walked away a bit frazzled but with my dignity restored. The officer was apologetic and bid me a good day, which I grumbled at.

Lesson: you cannot assume that just because you say you are not guilty and that you are who you say you are, that the officer will take your word for it, even if you have an ID. How many phony ID’s do you think are floating around Atlanta? (or Cambridge). I understand that now.

Professor Gates obviously had some existing animosity toward cops – perhaps only white cops. Maybe he would have behaved differently had the officer been black. “Thanks for your concern officer. Come on in and look around. Can I get you some lemonade?” Instead, he profiled the white cop. He became hostile by his own admission and invited his own arrest. You would think that a Harvard Professor with his background would exhibit better sense.

BTW, in my cases both officers were white males like me.

chuck todd

July 24th, 2009
2:54 pm

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RGB

July 24th, 2009
2:55 pm

3 additional points:

1. Gates had a financial incentive to create a racial incident. If Gates had not blown up the way he did then he would not have secured the additional work (PBS documentary, lecture fees, TV appearances, book deal, etc.) that will result of his contrived victimhood.

2. I’ll bet you a grand that the prof had (minimally) a bag of dope and didn’t want the police to discover it. No good, self-respecting liberal Ivy League professor would be without his supply of weed (where he smokes but doesn’t inhale). So Gates yells at the officer to get him away from his stash. I’ll pay for the K-9 to conduct a search of his residence which, by the way, is government housing. Liberals like gubment housing.

3. If Obama can’t get this relatively simple matter right, then how can he get anything right? Economy? Health care? National security? Nope, nope, and nope.

kunta kinte lynched in amerika

July 24th, 2009
2:56 pm

until you’re a black man in america who has lived this reality…you will never understand…the cop was wrong and hopefully a civil action will show this…

Pompano

July 24th, 2009
2:57 pm

Gates needed material for his next book in order to support his fake area of study. He pushed this provocation in order to generate his 15 minutes of fame – must say a job well done.

C L mathis

July 24th, 2009
2:58 pm

Well, enough said from the above . I am a retired BLack Atlanta police officer who know perfectly well that a police officer does not like to be ridiculed or sassed because each officer regardless of race knows that police officers should or supposed to be respected and all that good stuff and if this is not the situation where there is respect,,,,,your behind will be put in jail for Ga.annotation 101 P.O.P pissing off the police.. !!!!!!!!!!!!

pd

July 24th, 2009
3:02 pm

Once the Professor showed his ID, the Police Officer should have apologized for the inconvenience and left. I don’t care if the Professor was mean, called him names, or whatever else.

The Police Officer was in the right to ask questions, but he should not have arrested anyone.

I was once in a college town and having a beer in a bar when an officer came in and started demanding to see people’s ID’s. I was 25 at the time. He came to my table and asked to see my license. I replied, “No, I am of legal age and the bartender checked my license when I bought my beer”. He grabbed my arm and stood me up and demanded my license or I would be thrown in jail. The bartender rushed over and assured the officer I was 21+. That diffused the situation some. In the end, I just walked out. This is not Nazi-germany. The Police can’t just demand to see my papers anytime they want.

kimmer

July 24th, 2009
3:05 pm

Here is what logic tells me. It tells me that most police officers, even racist ones, are probably not looking to bust an older black man for breaking in his own home. So here are my observations/comments.

1) Professor Gates went way, way, way way, over the top in his reaction. If he had just shown a modicum of civil behavior none of this would have come close to happening. He should have been appreciative that the police officer was so prompt to protect his property.

2) The arresting officer should have calmed Gates down, maybe even cuff him, but should probably not went through with taking him down town.

3) The President should have kept his mouth SHUT. He made a blunder in going on the record about a situation he knew little about but then made it 200X worse using the words he used and then painting the ENTIRE Cambridge police force with the same brush.

Bottom line. The Cambridge police officer does not owe anyone an apology. Professor Gates should apologize to the police officer for his outrageous behavior but Obama needs to beg the cambridge police dept if not all police officers to forgive him for his comments.

ABC

July 24th, 2009
3:05 pm

If only some people would research the facts, people like Obama. The same home was already broken into once before, that’s probably why the neighbor called the cops. The second officer (black officer) to arrive has said numerous times the arrest was by the book. The professor demanded to be taken to jail. The professor, I am sure, will make the rounds of the talk shows such as Oprah and he’ll sue and he’ll write a book. Obama has nothing better to do in a double digit unemployment, housing crisis and a war but to go off on a cop in an obvious local matter. I hate it when an unqualified person such as Obama does his the job with on the training. Obama is feeling pressure; the honeymoon is just about over and it’s his economy and he owns it now and he’ll probably be in the meltdown mode soon. No time when an officer has ever asked me for identification have I ever tried to show my work ID. Seems to me someone is very accustomed to having their way and if they don’t get it, they pitch a hissy-fit as my mom would say. As usual, just about everything that happens to some blacks, not all, but some… is always racial. It’s sad that Obama had to wear his Al Sharpton hat on this one. No class.

Steve

July 24th, 2009
3:05 pm

You missed a very specific point, the professor followed the officer outside the house into the public arena. When he did that he is no longer a private home owner but a public citizen mouthing off to an officer who repeatedly warned him that he was crossing the line.

Sandisita

July 24th, 2009
3:12 pm

Don’t forget the specific point that the officer insisted that Gates come outside. Supposedly the acoustics were so bad inside the house that he could only give his name and badge number on the porch. Had he not insisted Gates come on the porch, there would have been no disorderly conduct for anyone to see or hear.

JackLeg

July 24th, 2009
3:13 pm

kunta kinte lynched in amerika,
What a stupid statement. How about this I am an American Indian so if you are not an American Indian who has lived this reality, you will never understand Or how about if you are not an Italian in America who lived this reality, you will never understand. Should we keep going? Do you get the point, I bet not; you dumba$$.

The Insightful Blogger

July 24th, 2009
3:15 pm

Kimmer summed it up best on all three points.

I would, however, reiterate what an utterly appalling lack of judgment was shown by our President in shooting from the lip on this issue. He ran, and was elected, as our “post-racial” President . . . and then acted as if he were no better than a knee-jerk, “search for any offense to be taken” clown along the lines of Sharpton or Jackson. Bet this has opened a few peoples eyes, no?

JackLeg

July 24th, 2009
3:16 pm

Sandisita,
boy you are dumber than the last guy. How about if he did what the cop asked then there would have been no problem. When did it become OK to curse a cops mother to his face and nothing happens to you?

Just because

July 24th, 2009
3:18 pm

Everytime a black doesn’t get his/her way . . cry racism. If you look at them the wrong way . . well that’s racism. Everyone is not out to get a black person because they are black. Blacks like whites do commit crimes, they speed, they do drugs, they rob, they do a poor job and are let go, they provoke officers . . the only differences is they have the “race” card that they can play and cry “racism” and gain the support of the NAACP and now the President without taking into consideration any facts. And even when the facts are presented as in the Duke LaCrosse team’s situation . . there are those who still refuse to accept them. Blacks really want revenge against whites.

Sandisita

July 24th, 2009
3:24 pm

The cop came uninvited into the home (which is a violation of the resident’s constitutional rights). He was shown the man’s id and proof of residency. The cop should have walked away at that time. Instead, the cop was angry about being yelled and so lured the equally angry resident out of the office so that he could arrest him. Yes, the professor was angry and should have controlled his temper, but yelling in your own home is your right. In the police report, the cop even says he told the professor “thank you for obeying my order and coming outside”. So he could arrest him.

ABC

July 24th, 2009
3:26 pm

There’s something to be said about racial profiling if you’re a white college kid walking around the tech campus area and a young black male with dreads, a white tee shirt and baggy jeans comes your way; run like hell or get a gun, you’re about to be robbed and shot . You call it racial profiling, I call it watching the news and trying to stay alive. Sandista, they are doing brain transplants at Emory, apply now. You must have sneezed and lost yours.

OedipusTax

July 24th, 2009
3:29 pm

Interesting how my comment here was censored. So much for free speech.

sane jane

July 24th, 2009
3:37 pm

Jais, your assessment & distribution of blame/responsibility to all three parties is 100% correct.

But why engage in ad-hominem name calling (”good for nothing”)? All it does is diminish whatever meritorious point you might have otherwise been making. Plus, “he maybe needs to shut his purple lips” has a slightly racist tinge to it. It’s really unnecessary.

Otherwise, you’re spot on. Just ditch the name calling & I’d find your comment otherwise bulletproof.

sane jane

July 24th, 2009
3:41 pm

Oedipus, your “free speech” comment is lame. The first amendment protects you from the GOVERNMENT infringing on your right to speak your mind. Not to require the AJC to publish every single comment from the peanut gallery.

Sheesh. This is THEIR blog, you know. You want free speech? Go start your own blog.

Atl

July 24th, 2009
3:44 pm

Well stated Steve…Tsk Tsk Mr. President.

sane jane

July 24th, 2009
3:53 pm

“Just because” is living proof that white resentment toward minorities continues to simmer and boil just underneath the surface.

I’m white as the driven snow, yet I try to be sympathetic toward the thoughts and perspectives of others, particularly those who’ve had a culturally different experience than my own. There’s no point in lumping all “others” into one category & assume you can read their minds. All you’re doing is betraying & displaying YOUR OWN prejudices.

Screeching about how blacks cry racism whenever something doesn’t go their way… or stereotyping that all blacks want revenge against whites… only make you sound ignorant. And racist.

Unless that’s the look you’re going for…?

sane jane

July 24th, 2009
3:59 pm

PS, I generally support Obama but his comment about the cops “acting stupidly” is out of line.

And for those who think “he needs to shut his mouth and not comment on local matters” need to be reminded that he was answering a question from the press corps. He didn’t bring it up spontaneously.

On other hand, Sgt. Crowley’s comments to the media have been pretty awesome. “I support our president, but I’m disappointed by his words.” (paraphrasing) Very well put.

jbgotcha

July 24th, 2009
4:09 pm

All you people miss the point.

jbgotcha

July 24th, 2009
4:13 pm

except you, sane jane. Everyone is quick to isolate incidents with no regard to context. In the context of the history of racial tension between police and people of color, Professor Gates reaction makes sense to me. So does Obama’s comment. I’m tired of people of color having to “water-down” the truth and deny reality to satisfy white people.

David

July 24th, 2009
4:17 pm

Sandisita – the police officer was shown Gates’ Harvard ID, not his ID and proof of residency. I don’t know about where you work, but my work ID doesn’t have my address on it. The call-in to get the police officer over to his residence stated that there were two men attempting to break into a home. Get one of the men outside, that leaves you an “empty” house to search for the other suspected robber. The police officer did nothing wrong. This is, and has been, blown way out of proportion by people who don’t know what happened, but of course have an opinion that must be right.

MrHughes

July 24th, 2009
4:18 pm

Are you folks serious?

“The sergeant did what he should. He checks the guy out. Here’s where everything went south. The professor is at his own house. So when he’s challenged, he’s not happy. In fact, he’s mad.”

You could just as easily read the “he” being challenged as the cop. The officer didn’t do his duty; he is supposed to “protect and serve”. I have no problem with Crowley questioning Gates when he seems him working on the door as he is doing his job protecting people/property. But, the officer didn’t serve Gates or the residents of Cambridge by hauling Gates down to the pokey. Being angry or rude isn’t a crime or aproximately half the population of New England would be in jail! I’m a law abiding citizen and have been exposed to an officer popping off at me while working traffic at the Georgia Dome before a Falcons home game. The reality is some officers have power and/or ego trips and don’t like being challenged.

And, the response by the DA and Cambridge PD pretty much says how much the city agrees with Crowley’s conduct. I thought one of the skills of a police officer is crisis mangagment and desclating situations. It’s crazy that Crowley & Co shoved an old man into a squad car and took him downtown after he identified himself with ID! It’s not like a small time crook would go to the trouble of making a fake ID and then robbing the actual house of the person who’s name matches said ID. Crowley’s actions were the eptiome of poor judgement. A simple call to the dispatcher from Crowley’s own radio would have verified that Gates resided at that address if the officer needed further verification beyond an ID. I expect more from our public servants.

The last Boy Scout

July 24th, 2009
4:33 pm

Here is the real points
1. Cops will kill you and plant drugs in your home to cover it up (it does happin, you can read it in the papers)
2. Old college profesors who walk with a cane don’t often kill cops.
3. I don’t have to like you and you don’t have to like me. We just have to stay appart.
4. The job of the cops is NOT TO ARREST PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY PISSED THEM OFF.

Kevin

July 24th, 2009
4:50 pm

If both people acted professionally nothing would have happened. The professor was mad that (his teenage son) had broken his door and has to pay someone evening/weekend rates to come out and fix it. Most of my highly educated friends collected themselves pretty fast and I don’t think anything would have happened IF the professor had collected himself faster and if the cop let him vent a little longer. I don’t think RACE had anything to do with it, BUT if you look hard enough into ANYTHING you can find it if you want.

Geezer

July 24th, 2009
4:57 pm

Life lesson: Mouthing off to the cops will get you in trouble….period. Gates had a big racist chip on his shoulder, and he dared the cop to knock it off.

BT

July 24th, 2009
5:01 pm

This was a racial issue regardless of what some of you think. If I present a valid ID in my house and you’ve looked in the house, it is time for you to leave. You all really cannot understand what its like to be a black man in this country and be profiled time and time again. So before you all chime in with your “Amens,” please try to put yourself on the other end of the spectrum. I encounter it everyday as an extremely educated man that has on more than one occation felt violated by a police officer.

Denise

July 24th, 2009
5:36 pm

Good article Steve one fact that is incorrect is that the president was asked his opinion and not called via telephone. I would like to share this, I have been to Boston, Cambridge and various other cities in Massachusetts and on at least two seperate occasions when I was lost I stopped an officer for directions. Both times, I was treated with such disrespect. In fact on one occasion while in Boston the officer was on a cell phone. Apparently she got angry, got out of the car and began screaming at me. Four times I asked her for her badge number. Not once did she give it to me but had no problem trying to humiliate and intimidate me. By the time I was done with her as I was able to rip her a new one without disrespecting her, she was apologizing to me. I guess it was because in the end she couldn’t even give me directions to where I needed to go. Now I am not saying that this is what happened in the Gates case and I know every officer is not like one I encountered however now I am very leary of stopping the police in Massachusetts for anything especially in Boston. given the fact that Cambridge is the next town over I could only think they are the same throughout. One more thing, don’t forget what was done to the residents of Boston when Charles Stuart killed his wife and blamed it on the black man. In fact they actually arrested and charged an innocent man because of the lies that were told to them This is what people like Professor Gates remembers about the police not all of the good they do! To be honest, I am sorry this happened because Sgt. Crowley probably is a good officer

Michael

July 24th, 2009
5:45 pm

Profiling: Seeing a black men going into an expensive home in a rich neighborhood and stopping him. Dead wrong.

Not Profiling: Responding to a call from a resident that a black man is trying to break into a home at 3am, responding to the call, seeing a black man trying to break into the home, stopping him, demanding identification. The Professor should have a) been polite b) shown ID c) thanked the officer. His house could well have been in the process of being broken into, and the neighbor and police would have both been doing their civic duty. The PROFESSOR was a racist, i.e. injected race into a situation where there was none and abused a white man and police officer at that doing his job exactly the way he should have.

FYI; while strict profiling is wrong (which this case didn’t even come close to being) i.e. depriving someone of their constitutional rights based on their race, being a cop on the beat where a group that comprises 13% of the population commits 70% of the violent crime, you’d have to be an PC idiot to not pay attention to those #s which you experience every day. I am not discusssing the potential social / historical imperatives behind those statistics and nor should a cop; his job is to keep people safe and ignoring reality won’t do that.

The DA should NOT have thrown out the case and I am sure it is not why he did; he did it because it was political suicide not to. Damn straight if you yell at cops at 3am and brandish a stick while doing so, ID or not you are going down.

Rainbow

July 24th, 2009
6:03 pm

It’s not really about being a black or white man, we are all losing our freedom, step by step.
Freedom means that I can move about unhindered by the state/police and that they can’t search me or my home without good reason to do so.
Someone above mentioned Nazi Germany, and it’s a good comparison. “Where are your papers?”.
One might think that this is all about fighting crime. If we keep losing our rights and the crime rate doesn’t go down where does that leave the argument?
Our founding fathers inherently knew these issues, they had seen the abuse in the past, under english law.

Raiderbeater

July 24th, 2009
6:03 pm

WOW, all these people still saying the officer was racist! Anyone see the black Sergeant standing next to him in the press conference? Guess what….that was his partner at the arrest and he supported his actions “100%”. Race had zero to do with it….obviously some people are just going to be ignorant regardless of obvious facts (as shown by several people’s comments). Maybe all the African American males posting “you don’t know what it’s like” statements need to call up the black sergeant and ask him why he let the “good ole’Professor” hang out to dry.

GRF

July 24th, 2009
6:08 pm

The call comes into the 911 call center “2 Black Men breaking into a house with back packs” and to an officer, or whites of any kind this is an immediate threat. Why? Because the chaszm of race and all of its ugly past has been reproduced. The matter at hand is no different than the realities of what we encounter daily. Time doesn’t mean a thing, nor did it change the ugly evil that still exist in such a free country. We claim that we are united, free, and brave. People alike we hurt, violate, hate, and take pride in our own selfish offenses. It does not matter if both were just acting in poor judgement. The initial call sparked the profile and both the officer and the professor are acting no differently than what is perpetuated in this country. Wake Up!!

Beck

July 24th, 2009
6:15 pm

Michael, it was broad daylight when all this happened. The pictures are all over the internet, it was not in the middle of the night.

Dondee

July 24th, 2009
6:21 pm

44 showed his true colors, so to speak. A very incendiary comment and one that shows he also has a chip on his shoulder. Could that happen from attending a church for 20 some odd years with a Black Liberation Theology minister?

Don’t know all the facts? Don’t speak. Simple.

Joseph

July 24th, 2009
6:22 pm

This Sandy Springs cop is so one sided its scary. Mr. Rose like it or not the fact is Police Officers sometimes assume African Americans are criminals, far more times than they do when the suspect is white. Mr. Rose like it or not many blacks are sensitive to this, its viewed as a sign of disrespect and if you don’t think that’s a legitimate belief then you are another example of the problems with the police force. Mr. Rose the professor showed a Harvard ID, the officer entered the professor’s home uninvited. And the president never called the police officer stupid, he said the fact the professor was arrested was stupid, and yes, arresting the professor was stupid.

The professor is far smarter than almost everyone else commenting on this story, you don’t think he recognizes treatment that may be racially insensitive? He had a point.

I also agree on the initial call, the neighbor doesn’t recognize the professor? Whattt?

Oh I’m white, when i was younger I used to use the old oh if he was black or white he would have been treated the same. Then I experienced life and saw that’s simplistic and represents the mindset of someone who has never tried to live in their fellow citizens shoes.