July 24th, 2009
02:30 PM ET
12 years ago

Cafferty: Should Obama apologize for saying cops acted "stupidly" in Gates arrest?

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The Cambridge cops want an apology from the President of the United States for saying the police "acted stupidly" in the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.

They didn't get one today – but they got something:

The president made a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room today… saying he spoke with the arresting officer and that he didn't mean to malign the police department. But he stopped short of apologizing.

This was a local story that likely would have gone away in a day or two… until President Obama got involved.

Mr. Obama criticized the arrest of Gates even though he admitted he didn't know all the facts. The first black president also talked about how blacks and Hispanics are still unfairly singled out for arrest.

Gates was arrested for disorderly conduct — when police responded to a possible break-in at his home. They say Gates at first refused to display ID… and then accused the officer of racism.

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