Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Arrested for Breaking Into His Own Home; Accuses Cambridge Police of Racial Profiling

You’ve got to be kidding me? Skip Gates?

The guy sometimes needs two canes to walk. He was simply locked out of his own home.

From the Boston Globe:

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.

Gates, 58, declined to comment today when reached by phone.

I know that paranoid white woman, Lucia Whalen, who called the police because she saw “a suspicious man” trying to get into the house, has got to be expecting a lawsuit as well. She refused to pick up the phone after reporters tried to contact her regarding Gates’ arrest. The cops? Trying hard to minimize damage.

From HuffPo:

Many of Gates’ African-American colleagues believe his arrest is part of a pattern of racial profiling in Cambridge, said Allen Counter, who has taught neuroscience at Harvard for 25 years.

Counter has said he was stopped on campus by two Harvard police officers in 2004 after being mistaken for a robbery suspect. They threatened to arrest him when he could not produce identification.

“We do not believe that this arrest would have happened if professor Gates was white,” Counter said. “It really has been very unsettling for African-Americans throughout Harvard and throughout Cambridge that this happened.”

Counter said he spoke to Gates, who told him police continued to question him after he showed them his license and Harvard identification.

“They did not believe him when he said that he was in his own home,” Counter said. “He was totally mistreated in this incident.”

Interesting summer we are having…

~ by blksista on July 20, 2009.

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