... 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