Obama: Police ‘acted stupidly’ in prof’s arrest eNewsReference.com

Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Obama Criticizes Arrest of Harvard Professor New York Times
Obama: Police acted “stupidly” arresting black scholar Reuters
Officer in Gates case says he won’t apologize Boston Globe
Obama Speaks about the Gates Arrest. Daily Kos
President says Cambridge cops acted ‘stupidly’ Boston Herald
Obama says police acted ‘stupidly’ in arrest of Harvard professor  New York Daily News
President Addresses Arrest of Harvard Professor Washington Post
Mass. policeman who arrested Gates won’t apologize The Associated Press

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One Comment

  1. James Stevens
    Posted July 23, 2009 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    According to the Massachusetts Law regarding Disorderly Conduct it is clearly stated that:

    a. The defendant engaged in violent or tumultuous behavior.
    b. The defendant’s actions were reasonably likely to affect the public.
    c. The defendant either intended to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly created a risk of public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm.

    What is very troubling and intellectually insulting is that President Obama, a Harvard Law Graduate, made a statement of judgment on the arrest without 1) understanding all the facts, and 2) even if the facts are not known, the arrest was for “Disorderly Conduct” not for “Breaking and Entering”, therefore, there is no relevance to whether or not there was proof Mr. Gates was in his own home. Additionally, the law itself is silent as to the setting in which the Disorderly Conduct was exhibited (i.e. public vs private).

    And this is THE President of the United States AND a Harvard Professor…I guess common sense and critical thinking are not required for those positions.


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