You folks may be aware of an incident that happened in Cambridge, Massachusetts recently.  A Harvard scholar named Louis Gates, Jr. was observed by a neighbor shoulder-forcing the door of his own home at night after returning from a trip and being unable to find his keys.  Crucial of note here is the fact that the neighbor didn’t know that it was Gates himself, and that Gates is black (and apparently famous even though I never heard of the guy).  The cops show up, responding to a possible break in at a residence.  Gates refuses to show identification (according to the police report) and becomes belligerent.  He calls the cop a racist, pulls out the “do you know who I am” card, and finally gets arrested for disorderly conduct.

There are a number of interesting details about this story.  One is that Gates is supposedly some famous Harvard “black scholar”, whatever that exactly means.  Another is that the cop refuses to apologize for how he conducted the situation:

Crowley, however, has refused to apologize, and he told the radio station he did nothing wrong. He added he was surprised that a man as educated as Gates would start yelling epithets about Crowley’s mom, part of the incident that never made it into the police report.

“That apology will never come. It won’t come from me as Jim Crowley. It won’t come from me as a sergeant in the police department,” Crowley told WEEI. 

“I know what I did was right. I have nothing to apologize for,” he added.

This is 100% pure awesome.  This is exactly how the cop should respond to this situation.  Indeed, he did nothing wrong and acted properly.  I mean come on.  Somebody reports a guy busting into a house, the cop knows a lot of things could await him at the scene.  A burglar might be there.  The homeowner might be in trouble.  It’s entirely possible that people could still be in the house without the homeowner’s knowledge after the cop arrives.

The officer has to make sure he knows who he’s talking to.  That requires ID.  He’s checking to see if the person he’s dealing with is, in fact, the resident of the home.  Then he has to check the house to make sure nobody unauthorized is there.  Officer Crowley was alone when he first responded, so he had Gates come outside onto the porch, for his safety and for Gates’ safety, and waited for backup.

But the only thing on Gates’ mind is that some white cop is hassling him for being a black man, and he won’t shut the fuck up about it:

“I can’t believe that an individual policeman on the Cambridge police force would treat any African-American male this way, and I am astonished that this happened to me; and more importantly I’m astonished that it could happen to any citizen of the United States, no matter what their race,” Gates wrote.

“I would sooner have believed the sky was going to fall from the heavens than I would have believed this could happen to me. It shouldn’t have happened to me, and it shouldn’t happen to anyone,” Gates continued.

You would think, from the level of whaargarbl in this response, that the cop had randomly stopped him while he was walking down the street and proceeded to arrest him for being a negro in the wrong part of town.  The officer responded to a disturbance, acted in the best interest of everyone there, and this is the thanks he gets?  What if it hadn’t been Gates, and the officer had ignored the call and the house had been robbed?  What if Gates was being held hostage by armed thugs in his house?  He could be dead, or worse.

The whole thing got worse when Obama decided to offer his totally unnecessary and uninformed opinion on the matter:

Asked about the incident, Obama, who is friends with the professor and documentary filmmaker, told reporters at a Wednesday night press conference that he didn’t know all the facts. But he said, “the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home.”

Later, a press secretary tried to spin it to be a little less insulting:

“Cooler heads should have prevailed. That’s what the president denoted,” he said. “He was not calling the officer stupid. The situation got out of hand.”

No, I’m pretty sure that this comes perilously close to Obama simply calling the cop a racist without actually saying it in those words.  As for Crowley being surprised that Gates would insult his mother, call him a racist, and say “You don’t know who you’re messing with”, he shouldn’t be.  Gates is just one of that class of elitist, leftist oligarchs in our society who thinks that everyone should recognize him and accord him some kind of deference based on that.

The fact that Gates has a PhD in English Lit and a BA in History (neither is from Harvard, he just teaches there) is no guarantee that he has manners, or, ironically, class.  It’s not even a guarantee that he has any common sense, wisdom, or sense of fucking perspective.

So, Officer Crowley, you go right on ahead telling people to shut the hell up, including the President of the United States.  You acted correctly and Gates is being a whiny bitch whose shit suddenly got real.

8 Responses to “Cambridge Cop Tells Obama to Butt Out”
  1. Josh says:

    I would have been belligerent and told a cop to get the fuck out of my house also had they have run in there trying to arrest me. This guy lives in a predominantly white neighborhood, I’m sure this isn’t the first issue he’s come across living here. Obama said he didn’t know the facts surrounding it. You only can go by what your hear, and obviously i doesn’t sound right. Yeah, cops do messed up things to the minoritys. That is a fact. So why is it so far out to assume the worst?

  2. BigEdsBlog says:

    I first wrote about this on Tues and basically said that Gates was a jack arse.
    Now Obama opens his uninformed mouth and inserts his foot in it.
    Gates said that Crowley didn’t know who he was messing with.
    Perhaps Gates is the one who didn’t know who he was messing with.
    Check out my take on it and the link to my Tue post. Also, please stick around for more good content.

  3. Blah Blah says:

    Wtf..we really did fuck up electing a black person for a president..the world obviously wasnt ready for it..

  4. Mom in the Woods says:

    My thinking is that here is a cop in the Harvard area where you know they feel looked down upon by all these educated idiot elitists who think they haven’t done well with their life by being cops. Then the President is way out of line. All he had to do was show his ID immediately and he would have been treated nicely, but noooo he had to hear insults to his mother. Lowest class thing to do.

  5. Legion says:

    Try reading the police report Josh. The first thing gates screamed was “This is what happens to a black man in America!” We’ve been hearing this crap for years, ten to one he got his job at Harvard because he IS black. So now this Harvard prof is saying “Yo mamma” to the cop, I guess you just can’t get the ghetto out of some people, no matter how learned they appear to be. Too bad Crowley voted for Obama, and now these two are heading to the whitehouse for a beer. Gee Mr. Pres, maybe you can talk the leaders of North Korea and Iran to come join you for a beer and finally achieve world peace! What a moron.

  6. Kyle Haight says:

    I wouldn’t consider Obama’s race as the least bit relevant to his quality as President. We elected an anti-American leftist with superb rhetorical skills and little executive experience. His policies are based on false ideas, and are consequently both immoral and impractical, and the nation is reaping the consequences. Race has nothing to do with it; whites are capable of equally idiotic behavior in charged racial situations — I offer up the reaction of the Duke faculty to the lacrosse team rape charges as an illustrative example.

  7. Dillard Ballard says:

    Obama turned out to be the ass in this case. The president of the USA flapping his big lips about a situation such as this. Wonder how many times he had his ass kicked in his life.? Not enough.

  8. Dillard Ballard says:

    My comment is , (SAD BUT TRUE)

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