July 22nd, 2010
08:30 AM ET
12 years ago

This day in Ticker history: Police 'acted stupidly' in arresting Harvard scholar, Obama says

Editor's Note: The following story appeared on the CNN Political Ticker on July 22, 2009.

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."

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  1. Mack

    CNN.com -

    Have you ever done a "This day in Ticker history:" before?
    So, what is your point with this one?

    July 22, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. Jim in Florida

    "this day in ticker history" (whatever the heck "ticker" history is

    the obama administration acted stupidly in (fill in the blank)

    you can run that one every day as "ticker history"

    July 22, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. Shawn-Ga

    OH how far he has NOT come, 1 year later and here we have the horrible treatment of Ms. Sherron by this administration.

    What a way to remind the American people how fast this administration is to jump the gun and try to destroy someone's reputation....

    Then they blame Glenn Beck. Glenn did not mention it until Tuesday on his TV show and he came out in SUPPORT of her.

    She was already asked to resign before Hannity or O'Reily were even on the air for the day... Even if they had reported it prior (which they didn't) that does not excuse the administration from not doing their due diligence.

    July 22, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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