From the Associated Press:
NATICK, Mass. (AP) -- A white police sergeant who arrested renowned black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. said Thursday he's disappointed President Barack Obama said officers acted "stupidly," despite acknowledging he didn't know all the facts.
Sgt. James Crowley responded to Gates' home near Harvard University last week to investigate a report of a burglary and demanded Gates show him identification. Police say Gates at first refused and accused the officer of racism.
Gates was charged with disorderly conduct. The charge was dropped Tuesday, and Gates has since demanded an apology from Crowley.
Obama was asked about the arrest of Gates, who is his friend, at the end of a nationally televised news conference on health care Wednesday night.
"I think it's fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry," Obama said. "Number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home. And number three - what I think we know separate and apart from this incident - is that there is a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately, and that's just a fact."
Most people would conclude that it was not the police, but the subject who acted stupidly, by refusing to cooperate with law enforcement officers responding to a call.
Can somebody refresh my memory, are all “scholars” exempt from the normal exigencies of dealing with the authorities, or is it only “reknowned scholars”, or only Black-skinned “scholars,” reknowned or otherwise, or is it only Black-skinned Leftist “scholars,” or do the special rules apply to Leftist “scholars” of any skin color?
This all gets pretty complex for us mere Commoners to understand, but to our unenlightened ears it sounds an awful lot like “four legs good, two legs better.”