Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
one...two...tree

Harvard scholar's arrest raises profiling questions

286 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

Filed: Country: Philippines
Timeline

Associated Press

BOSTON -- Supporters of a prominent Harvard University black scholar who was arrested at his own home by police responding to a report of a break-in say he is the victim of racial profiling.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. had forced his way through the front door of his home because it was jammed, his lawyer said Monday.

Cambridge police say they responded to the well-maintained two-story home near campus 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 written by Sgt. James Crowley. The Cambridge police refused to comment on the arrest Monday.

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.

"Gates continued to yell at me, accusing me of racial bias and continued to tell me that I had not heard the last of him," the officer wrote.

Gates said he turned over his driver's license and Harvard ID -- both with his photos -- and repeatedly asked for the name and badge number of the officer, who refused. He said he then followed the officer as he left his house onto his front porch, where he was handcuffed in front of other officers, Gates said in a statement released by his attorney, fellow Harvard scholar Charles Ogletree, on a Web site Gates oversees, TheRoot.com

He was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge after police said he "exhibited loud and tumultuous behavior." He was released later that day on his own recognizance. An arraignment was scheduled for Aug. 26.

Gates, 58, also refused to speak publicly Monday, referring calls to Ogletree.

"He was shocked to find himself being questioned and shocked that the conversation continued after he showed his identification," Ogletree said.

Ogletree declined to say whether he believed the incident was racially motivated, saying "I think the incident speaks for itself."

Some of Gates' African-American colleagues say the arrest is part of a pattern of racial profiling in Cambridge.

Allen Counter, who has taught neuroscience at Harvard for 25 years, said he was stopped on campus by two Harvard police officers in 2004 after being mistaken for a robbery suspect. They threatened to arrest him when he could not produce identification.

"We do not believe that this arrest would have happened if professor Gates was white," Counter said. "It really has been very unsettling for African-Americans throughout Harvard and throughout Cambridge that this happened."

The Rev. Al Sharpton said he will attend Gates' arraignment.

"This arrest is indicative of at best police abuse of power or at worst the highest example of racial profiling I have seen," Sharpton said. "I have heard of driving while black and even shopping while black but now even going to your own home while black is a new low in police community affairs."

Ogletree said Gates had returned from a trip to China on Thursday with a driver, when he found his front door jammed. He went through the back door into the home -- which he leases from Harvard -- shut off an alarm and worked with the driver to get the door open. The driver left, and Gates was on the phone with the property's management company when police first arrived.

Ogletree also disputed the claim that Gates, who was wearing slacks and a polo shirt and carrying a cane, was yelling at the officer.

"He has an infection that has impacted his breathing since he came back from China, so he's been in a very delicate physical state," Ogletree said.

Lawrence D. Bobo, the W.E.B Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard, said he met with Gates at the police station and described his colleague as feeling humiliated and "emotionally devastated."

"It's just deeply disappointing but also a pointed reminder that there are serious problems that we have to wrestle with," he said.

Bobo said he hoped Cambridge police would drop the charges and called on the department to use the incident to review training and screening procedures it has in place.

The Middlesex district attorney's office said it could not do so until after Gates' arraignment. The woman who reported the apparent break-in did not return a message Monday.

Gates joined the Harvard faculty in 1991 and holds one of 20 prestigious "university professors" positions at the school. He also was host of "African American Lives," a PBS show about the family histories of prominent U.S. blacks, and was named by Time magazine as one of the 25 most influential Americans in 1997.

"I was obviously very concerned when I learned on Thursday about the incident," Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust said in a statement. "He and I spoke directly and I have asked him to keep me apprised."

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/na...0,4826741.story

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: Other Country: Canada
Timeline

I guess no matter how educated you are and how well you are dressed, there are some people who will always think "you fit the description". I usually am one of the first to defend the actions of the police, but in this situation, I simply cannot muster a defense.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: Other Country: Canada
Timeline
:blink: STFU.... they arrested him, of all the scholars in the world??? What a bunch of idiots.

This is going to be one big lawsuit. They only arrested him to try to mitigate their own negligence. Simple routine policework would have rendered the situation moot. The professor went ballistic, as I expect anyone would if they were being looked at for being a burglar... in their own home.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: Timeline
:blink: STFU.... they arrested him, of all the scholars in the world??? What a bunch of idiots.

This is going to be one big lawsuit. They only arrested him to try to mitigate their own negligence. Simple routine policework would have rendered the situation moot. The professor went ballistic, as I expect anyone would if they were being looked at for being a burglar... in their own home.

Plus, Gates is one the most recognized anti-racist scholars in the freaking world. Holds a Chair at Harvard; and heads the WEB Dubois center.... #######, #######, #######.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: Other Country: Canada
Timeline
:blink: STFU.... they arrested him, of all the scholars in the world??? What a bunch of idiots.

This is going to be one big lawsuit. They only arrested him to try to mitigate their own negligence. Simple routine policework would have rendered the situation moot. The professor went ballistic, as I expect anyone would if they were being looked at for being a burglar... in their own home.

Plus, Gates is one the most recognized anti-racist scholars in the freaking world. Holds a Chair at Harvard; and heads the WEB Dubois center.... #######, #######, #######.

I loved what he said when the officer refused to talk to him in the house and told him he'd talk to him outside his house. Something to the effect of "i'll talk to yo momma outside" :lol:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What are we reading the same article? This part of the article is very telling -

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 written by Sgt. James Crowley. The Cambridge police refused to comment on the arrest Monday.

This tells me he had a attitude from the get go. Who would respond like that. They had went to his house in response to somebody saying that they thought they saw somebody trying to wedge there way into his house. This professor sounds obnoxious and arrogant to me.

Edited by looking_up

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: Other Country: Canada
Timeline
What are we reading the same article? This part of the article is very telling -

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 written by Sgt. James Crowley. The Cambridge police refused to comment on the arrest Monday.

This tells me he had a attitude from the get go. Who would respond like that. They had went to his house in response to somebody saying that they thought they saw somebody trying to wedge there way into his house. This professor sounds obnoxious and arrogant to me.

Wouldn't you be pissed off if the police accused you of breaking into your OWN HOME when all you have in common with the perpetrator is the same skin color?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: Country: Brazil
Timeline
What are we reading the same article? This part of the article is very telling -

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 written by Sgt. James Crowley. The Cambridge police refused to comment on the arrest Monday.

This tells me he had a attitude from the get go. Who would respond like that. They had went to his house in response to somebody saying that they thought they saw somebody trying to wedge there way into his house. This professor sounds obnoxious and arrogant to me.

the prof should be grateful that someone was actually participating in a neighborhood crime watch ...

it's also telling that this prof doesn't spend much time getting to know the neighbors ...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Mexico
Timeline

man people that actually side with the police on this one should be brain scanned

my oh my :no:


05/01/08 Green Card in mailbox!!

06/05/10 Real GREEN Card RECEIVED!

01/17/13 Sent application for US Citizenship!!!

01/19/13 Arrived to Arizona Lockbox

01/24/13 Notice of Action

01/25/13 Check cashed

01/28/13 NOA received by mail and biometrics letter mailed as per uscis.gov

02/14/13 Biometrics appointment

03/18/13 In-line for inteview

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
the prof should be grateful that someone was actually participating in a neighborhood crime watch ...

it's also telling that this prof doesn't spend much time getting to know the neighbors ...

Exactly

Edited by looking_up

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
#######? Are you kidding me...people are actually agreeing w/ the police on this one??? :huh:

Well yes of course, what good reason did this professor have for getting a attidude and pulling out the race card right away. They were there too help him. People here sometimes really amaze me. Where you guys dropped on your head as a kid. :wacko:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: Country: Brazil
Timeline
#######? Are you kidding me...people are actually agreeing w/ the police on this one??? :huh:

the neighbor didn't recognize the prof and called the police. the police responded and caught someone inside and asked for identification (they apparently didn't know the prof either). All the prof needed to do was be polite and provide ID ... it would have all been over in a matter of a few minutes. Instead ... the prof gave attitude "initially refused to show the officer his identification, but then gave him a Harvard University ID card, according to police." Oops ...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: Timeline
#######? Are you kidding me...people are actually agreeing w/ the police on this one??? :huh:

Well yes of course, what good reason did this professor have for getting a attidude and pulling out the race card right away. They were there too help him. People here sometimes really amaze me. Where you guys dropped on your head as a kid. :wacko:

:wow:

Sorry, but if anyone came over and accused me of trying to get into MY house, there will be plenty of attitude on my part. Count on that. And, for those who do not know prof. Gates from Adam, he is one of the most kind and non-chalant academics you will ever meet: not a diva, so your theory just does not fly. And yes, I know ####### I am talking about.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
- Back to Top -


Important Disclaimer: Please read carefully the Visajourney.com Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service you should not access or view any page (including this page) on VisaJourney.com. Answers and comments provided on Visajourney.com Forums are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Visajourney.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. VisaJourney.com does not condone immigration fraud in any way, shape or manner. VisaJourney.com recommends that if any member or user knows directly of someone involved in fraudulent or illegal activity, that they report such activity directly to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423. All reported threads/posts containing reference to immigration fraud or illegal activities will be removed from this board. If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by contacting us here with a url link to that content. Thank you.
×
×
  • Create New...