WASHINGTON (CNN) – Police in Cambridge, Massachusetts, "acted stupidly" by arresting Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates after they were called to his home on a report of a burglary last week, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.
Disorderly conduct charges against Gates - one of the most prominent African-American academics - were dropped Tuesday after the incident drew national attention, with all involved calling it a "regrettable and unfortunate" incident. Asked about the matter in a White House news conference Wednesday, Obama said it shows "how race remains a factor in this society.
"That doesn't lessen the incredible progress that has been made," said Obama, the first African-American U.S. president. "I am standing here as testimony to the progress that's been made. And yet, the fact of the matter is that, you know, this still haunts us."
I see that the race factor is involved here but not just based on the Cop's actions.
Why did the prof. have to be so jumpy about showing his ID. Why go on an offensive to say "You want to see my ID or not answer my question because I'm black". Aren't we becoming overly sensitive.
Why not just show the ID to satisfy the cop about being the owner. then ask his side of the questions. I mean even when drivers are stopped for traffic violation you wouldn't start asking why (if according to you , you did nothing wrong) but first give him the ID and papers. right?
At first I thought this sitituation was much ado about nothing until I saw the interview with Professor Gates, then I realized the policeman involved is no doubt young and inexperienced. The professor is not only a little man, he's on a cane for goodness sake. I don't know if race was involved, but no one expects to be arrested after you show proof of residency.
Posted this before because I believe it to be true:
Obama played the race card in NC. And he supports his friend Gates playing it MA.
Gates also tried to out class the police, C'Mon!!!! He followed them outside and called them racist - all the while they are answering a call to protect his property!!! Gates is the RACIST and Obama seems to be as well. This isn't an angry post. This is an observation. I think that Obama is bad news for all of us.
I hope that police everywhere INCLUDING OBAMA'S OWN DETAIL organize a strike against both of these dishonest men.
I think we need to hear the full story, that is, the police officers' side. These are the people we look to for protection, the people who put their lives on the line for us, 24 hours a day, with far too little compensation for their service. To demoralize them in this way on national news without reporting all the facts is a disgrace. I voted for Obama, would have been terribly demoralized myself had he not won the election, but I take offense at the remarks he has made. Meanwhile, the professor who was arrested appears to be enjoying himself to no end. At least, make sure the whole story is reported
Got it Prez. Next time don't investigate a reported crime, just eat another twinkie.
I am white and have had Black police officers point a gun at me in my home, I didn't go screaming to the media
what a baby, go get your pacifier Mr. Havard
what a stain on your school
President, you should let the Police do the job.
Do you know how many Police cross country that will not like your comment..
Obama didn't read the police report – I did – and he doesn't know Gates – I do, having graduated from Harvard. Gates is an egotistical maniac who just happens to be black, and he has a NASTY personality when dealing with the 'little people'. Did you notice that one of the investigating officers was black? Was he stupid too, Barack? Face it – Gates was rude – really rude – to a cop who was trying to do this job. The charges should not have been dropped.
he's right they did
Of course Obama would say that, he's black. I voted for him, but give me a break. Police received a call of someone trying to force open a door and they responded. Gates had to play the race card.
Gates admitted, live, in Times square he 'got right in the face of the officer' he said "the officer was being quiet' he ADMITTED he had insulted the officer!"
He seems very prone to calling people racists, it actually seems to be how he makes his living.
White, black, or grey he is NOT a gentleman.
He WAS interefering with the police.
When they get a call like that, even after he shows shows his ID, they have resolve why he was breaking in!?
It would NOT be impossible their was a restraining order, who knows?
They HAD to look for possible victims.
Not only he acted stupidly, but he also acted abusively, arrogantly, and barbarically. I would not be surprised if learning that he is connected to the right wing group. They don't have any respect to people that are different from them.
Being a police officer doesn't give you the right to arrest people wherever and whenever you want to. Otherwise, we aren't different from Iran, Chine, Iraq, and others. Everyone should be secure inside his home. That constitutional right shouldn't be violated, even by a police officer.
Any American president, except Bush 43 maybe, would be even angrier than president Obama was.
I also believe, the so-called disorderly conduct as a motive to arrest people should be reviewed and closely controlled.
President Obama would be wise to keep his mouth shut about this incident. He wasn't there any more than I was so he doesn't know everything that went on.