Monday, July 20, 2009

Henry Louis Gates Arrested

NYTimes.com: "BOSTON (AP) -- Police responding to a call about ''two black males'' breaking into a home near Harvard University ended up arresting the man who lives there -- Henry Louis Gates Jr., the nation's pre-eminent black scholar.
Gates had forced his way through the front door because it was jammed, his lawyer said. Colleagues call the arrest last Thursday afternoon a clear case of racial profiling.
Cambridge police say they responded to the well-maintained two-story home after a woman reported seeing ''two black males with backpacks on the porch,'' with one ''wedging his shoulder into the door as if he was trying to force entry.''
By the time police arrived, Gates was already inside. Police say he refused to come outside to speak with an officer, who told him he was investigating a report of a break-in.
''Why, because I'm a black man in America?'' Gates said, according to a police report.
Gates -- the director of Harvard's W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research -- initially refused to show the officer his identification, but then gave him a Harvard University ID card, according to police."

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