July 28th, 2009
07:05 PM ET
14 years ago

Powell calls Palin a 'fascinating figure'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/07/28/powell.palin/art.powell.afp.gi.jpg caption="Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said he has been subject to racial profiling."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Tuesday that he has been the victim of racial profiling but believes Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. could have been more patient with the police officer who arrested him.

At the same time, Powell also faulted the Cambridge (Massachusetts) Police Department for escalating the situation beyond a reasonable level.

"I think Skip [Gates], perhaps in this instance, might have waited a while, come outside, talked to the officer and that might have been the end of it," Powell said in an interview with CNN's Larry King. "I think he should have reflected on whether or not this was the time to make that big a deal.

"I think in this case the situation was made much more difficult on the part of the Cambridge Police Department," Powell said. "Once they felt they had to bring Dr. Gates out of the house and to handcuff him, I would've thought at that point, some adult supervision would have stepped in and said 'OK look, it is his house. Let's not take this any further, take the handcuffs off, good night Dr. Gates.'"

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  1. Dave

    Good grief, are we going to continue getting daily updates for this nutcase? What's next?.....what she ate and wore? How about giving equal time to Paris Hilton for a change?

    July 28, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. Rob

    I find it rather interesting that the tag line here relates to Powell's comments on Palin, yet the body describes his take on Gates blowing his stack unneccessarily. Gee, is CNN really that afraid of Palin to where they have to put up any and every single thing that may be construed as a negative towards her? I mean I know Obama's tanking so bad that he's gonna need all the help he can get when 2012 rolls around (and he'll still lose), but aren't you all going just a tad too far?

    July 28, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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