Godd@mnit....I dreaded this popping up here. Now I have to "stalk you again". Obama talked about the issue of race in the light that a HARVARD professor a man with more education that most of us combined is no more immune to HARASSMENT than anyone else. If you can't see that than we will be here for quite awhile.
So if after you got into your locked home after a trip and you were sitting down for a cup of coffee or whatever; you'd be calm, cool, and collected if the cops busted up in your place? I admit it could have been handled better on BOTH sides but a person does the right to refuse to allow cops to invade their personal space without probable cause. There are repurcussions and it is more or a moral issue to take such a stance however it is not criminal and if they had no warrant they can't enter. I honestly doubt such actions (or even the initial phone call) would have happened if Gates was white.
This is like the 4th incident this year. What makes it even more sobering is this is a man who has achieved great things (more than the cops, or anyone on this board) and to be treated as such highlights the deficit that needs to be corrected and like it or not damages the police community as a whole when the FEW bad officers damage the credibility of all the brave, good officers who are doing what they need to do.
How would you feel if the cops just bumrushed your home?? Situation aside if there is NO probable cause (percieved break in aside) cops CANNOT enter your residence. What we don't know is" did the cop not believe Gates when he said he lived here? Even if Gates was a dick as a cop you are TRAINED to deescalate the situation. If Crowley decided to be a dick back I can imagine it didn't help things. It was a misunderstanding and had someone kept a cool head it would have been cleared up fairly easily. More responsibility goes towards Crowley as he is TRAINED and expected to not let his emotions run wild. I'd have thought that there have been enough "high emotion" incidents that cops would be smarter than this.
I doubt that was the case...the cop invaded his home under the pretenses that he was a bugler, it could have been cleared up pretty easily. But when you wave your gun around and get in a shouting match bad thing happen. It was a misunderstanding and the cop could have handled it a few different ways....(got the neighbors). Crowley made his choice so we'll see what happens.
No I think what he said was appropiate and hopefully a more in depth look will be taken to ensure that all people are treated by dignity by cops. It was about race in the fact that I honestly cannot see this happening to a rich white person. Law enforcement needs to reevaluate some tactics and stop officers from putting the entire force under the microscope. Remember this would not have happened if the officer did what he was supposed to do.
you are full of crap.the cop was doing his job.yes you have the right to refuse to let the police in your house,but when the said officer was responding to a burglary and asks you for your ID dont be an ass and just show him.he is such an educated man he should have known what the reprocutions would have been or did he push the situation so he could "show "everyone how the black man is treated in white america.this is why most white america fears the word racsim,i'll give you an example:its OK for a black comidien to make fun of caucasions,but if a white comidien make fun of blacks thats a no-no.get the whole damn world is racist and it borders on most black are a helluva lot more racist than whites.