One thing is clear: Gates did not violate any law. Under Massachusetts law, which the police officer was supposedly enforcing, yelling at a police officer is not illegal.
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The problem isn't so much what happened with Crowley and Gates. A greater problem is the divide between famous and easily identifiable people of color and those with no defense.
These lessons are not a comprehensive list and they are not rules, but the kind of awareness they exemplify might have defused the tense Gates encounter.
Here is what the absurdist, typically stilted police language of Sergeant James Crowley's official report on his arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Lou...
So, President Obama wants the Prof and the Cop to come to the White House, have a beer and make nice? Not so fast.
Henry Louis Gates is the new Gate, thanks to President Obama, who, by using the word "stupidly" in context with the arrest of Gates in his own Cambrid...
When Obama weighed in, the Gates story went from newsworthy to explosive. Is this another instance of the media's lopsided priorities, where a debate over health care is overshadowed by a minor police incident?
Now that he's reverted to his conciliator mode by inviting Gates and Crowley over for a brew, Obama is playing to his strength. For the American beer industry this could be a great moment.
The best news about the Professor Gates arrest in Cambridge, Massachusetts and its aftermath is the very fact that it is news -- big news.
As far as that pint of beer goes, I worry that it may take many shared kegs before we finally come together as a nation.
The incident in Cambridge comes on the heels of a number of incidents over the past several months that reminded us of the unfinished business race and prejudice in our country.
Radical racial disparity in "Stop and Frisk" is undeniable. In an attempt to make our city safer, these practices actually make it more dangerous.
When you look past the argument over race, you can see that a homeowner's rights were trampled on by the investigating and then arresting officer.
Crowley keeps complaining about Gates's "tone." It echoes teachers trying to assert authority over truculent children, and mothers and fathers with wise-guy kids at the dinner table.
WASHINGTON — Trying to tamp down an uproar over race, President Barack Obama said Friday he used an unfortunate choice of words in commenting on...
Professor Gates and Officer Crowley were both wrong. Both over-reacted and took unnecessary offense. They both need to show some contrition.
The president of the Cambridge Police Patrol Officer's Association says that President Obama's statement that officers "acted stupidly" when they arre...
Why did the Today show -- by far TV's most-watched morning show -- spend its first segment this morning discussing what the president said about the arrest of a black scholar in Cambridge, Mass.?
It took just the right touch of passion and hint of anger that Obama brought to the table in the Gates' affair to get the tongues wagging about race and policing.
Although some have decried Professor Gates as overreacting, I know, from personal experience, that what he did was an act of courage.
You just know that, if all the players -- the neighbors, the "intruders," the cops -- had been white, or if they'd all been black, the whole story would have played out differently.
Henry Louis "Skip" Gates gave his first reaction to Obama's comments on his arrest during an interview with Gayle King on Sirius/XM radio.
Gates was ...
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The Cambridge police commissioner says his department is "deeply pained" by President Barack Obama's statement that his offic...
Even my most progressive white friends play down the differences in our American experience because of skin color.
While it is easy to come to the defense of a black man who happens to be a world class scholar, how many less fortunate blacks get arrested on even more flimsy grounds with no public outcry?
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