It seems as though Sgt. James Crowley had been chosen by the police commissioner to teach other recruits about not profiling.
At this point the details seem a bit sketchy as to what words were exchanged between Crowley and professor Henry Louis Gates, but one thing is sure, he was in fact breaking in to his own home. Apparently officer Crowley approached the residence due to a possible burglary call to find Mr. Gates inside the home, when asked for identification and proof of ownership of the home all the pertinent information was given and it was obvious Gates lived at the residence. Crowley states that Gates repeatedly accused him of racism and made derogatory remarks about his mother, allegations the professor challenges. This is simply a citizens word vs. a cops word. The arresting officer is declining to apologize and is upset that Barak Obama weighed in on the matter stating “I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry. Number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home…….”
Gates was arrested for disorderly conduct, however the charges were later dropped. The facts are that Gates was inside his home when officer Crowley approached him and subsequently proved that he was the owner of the home, and that Gates was arrested for being “disorderly” while standing inside his home.
Honestly, I don’t care what Gates said to Crowley, once Crowley got the proof he needed from Gates about him being the owner of the house, the officer should’ve left, irregardless of what Gates said to him. It is not the job of the Police officer to “politically correct” anyone and especially not when that person is standing inside of his home.
I won’t say that the officer was actually profiling Gates, because he was responding to a call and it was his job to check and make sure everything was in order, but I believe that(from what I’ve read) Crowley acted with his ego and pride instead of using objectivity and better judgement. This is a prime example of why citizens dislike police officers. You are treated like a child by them and when you do something out of line, you will go to jail, no questions.