Friday, July 24, 2009

What's wrong with the arrest of Dr. Henry Louis Gates of Harvard is not just the racism...

... a href="|main|dl1|link5|"although that is a significant issue/ /br /Cambridge MA Police responded to a woman's report of i"two black males with backpacks on the porch," with one "wedging his shoulder into the door as if he was trying to force entry,"/i by arresting Dr. Gates inside his own /br /[Turns out Dr. Gates and friend had locked themselves out.]br /br /Yes, Dr. Gates was irritable, and yes Dr. Gates probably initially refused to produce identification--again, within his own /br /What's outrageously, police-state wrong about this is the only charge the Cambridge Police could come up with:br /br /blockquotespan style="font-style:italic;"He was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge after police said he "exhibited loud and tumultuous behavior." /span/blockquotebr /br /What the f**k? He got arrested for disorderly conduct inside his own home iafter he had provided the police with identification/i?br /br /At which nanosecond after Dr. Gates proved he was the rightful owner of the home did the police officers have iany legal standing whatever/i even to be inside the home, much less to characterize Dr. Gates' behavior?br /br /Ah, but ioffending a police officer/i has now become a significant illegality, because our public servants are rapidly forgetting they were never intended to be our public /br /Or would the Cambridge Police prefer ipublic massas/i?div class="blogger-post-footer"img width='1' height='1' src=''//div

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