Friday, July 24, 2009

Stupid Acts

President Obama said that the Cambridge police "acted stupidly" when they arrested Harvard Professor Henry Gates. If anyone is interested in the law:

... one conclusion seems clear -- the legal ground for his arrest was shaky from the start.

What George said:
The arrest was punitive, in my opinion. The officer didn’t like Gates’ lack of submission to his authority, so he arrested him on a disorderly conduct charge (a bogus [punitive] charge, which was why it was thrown out
To me, the aspect of race is secondary to punishment. He [Crowley] wanted to punish Gates for having the nerve to question him.
At the point the professor was identified, it should have ended. It wasn’t — only because the officer didn’t like the response he was getting

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