- Mar 22, 2009
The news which now storm the USA is arrest of a black scholar from his own house by white police officer of Cambridge Police Department. The USA president Mr. Barak Hussain Obama's comment fuelled the situation....
Harvard Prof Arrested in His Own Home - The Paper Trail (usnews.com)
Harvard Prof Arrested in His Own Home
July 21, 2009 05:13 PM ET | Jeff Greer
Henry Louis Gates Jr. is one of the most prominent African-American scholars in the world. He's written and edited more than 50 books. He's hosted several series and specials on television. He's received 49 honorary degrees from colleges and universities across the world. He was named as one of the 25 most influential Americans by Time magazine in 1997. And he's the director of the W. E. B. DuBois Institute for African and African-American Research at Harvard University.
He's kind of a big deal.
That's why it was surprising when Cambridge, Mass., police showed up at Gates's house on Thursday and arrested him. The police were responding to an emergency call reporting a break-in in progress at Gates's house. When they arrived, Gates, who had been having trouble getting his door open, was already inside, friends said. Incensed by what he called racial profiling, Gates accused the investigating officer of being racist, the police report said. Police eventually arrested Gates outside of his home and charged him with disorderly conduct, saying Gates yelled repeatedly at the investigating officer and would not calm down.
But a joint statement was released today announcing that the charges against Gates were dropped, and Cambridge police will not comment further on the situation.
"The city of Cambridge, the Cambridge Police Department, and Professor Gates acknowledge that the incident of July 16, 2009, was regrettable and unfortunate," the statement said. "This incident should not be viewed as one that demeans the character and reputation of Professor Gates or the character of the Cambridge Police Department. All parties agree that this is a just resolution to an unfortunate set of circumstances."