New information has been released, and more interviews have been given.
Just to recap, in addition to:
~the corroborating second police report
~the fact that Gates' home had been broken into while he was away.
~ the photo showing Gates yelling (and the testimony of the man who took the photo that he heard Gates yelling)
~the officer's experience as a racial profiling expert and instructor
~the admission by Gates that he drew the race card in his accusations towards Crowley
"Are you not giving me your name and badge number because I'm a black man in America?" Gates said he was arrested because "a white cop couldn't tolerate having an intellectual black man stand up to him". “I’m a Harvard professor . . . You believe white women over black men.”
~the backing of the Police Commissioner Robert Haas
~the President of the Police Union
Sgt. Dennis O'Connor, the president of the police union that represents Crowley and other superior officers in the Cambridge Police Department, told ABC News that Gates' arrest was "100 percent lawful" and that Obama should apologize to "Sgt. Crowley and all Cambridge Police officers."~and friends and fellow officers (black and white)
"Sgt. Crowley has been called a racist, a liar and stupid,'' O'Connor said in an interview with ABC News. "Barack Obama just devastated the morale of the Cambridge Police Department. There are a lot of disheartened police officers out there. The remark was completely uncalled for. Sgt. Crowley -- and the entire Cambridge police force -- are owed an apology."
we now have the actual tale of the tapes.
Perhaps this is why Crowley is now considering filing a defamation suit against Henry Gates. He very well should.
911, Police Tapes Key in Gates Case - Officials mull release of recorded evidence
Mounting pressure to get to the bottom of the controversial arrest of black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. is centering on recorded police tapes that may offer a dose of reality amid all the media and political noise.The tapes haven't been released yet, but from the statements above it seems the tapes verify Crowley to be the one telling the truth.
Cambridge police brass and lawyers are weighing making the tapes public, which could include the 911 call reporting a break-in at Gates’ home and radio transmissions by the cop who busted him July 16 for disorderly conduct.
“It’s powerful evidence because the (people involved) have not had a chance to reflect and you are getting their state of mind captured on tape,” said former prosecutor and New York City police officer Eugene O’Donnell, who is now a lecturer at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan.
Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert Haas said last night he has asked City Solicitor Donald Drisdell to review the 911 tape, which has the potential to either bolster or impugn Gates’ stance that he is a blameless victim of racial profiling at his own home.
Further, Sgt. James Crowley noted in his report that he radioed police headquarters to let them know he was with the person who appeared to be the home’s lawful resident, but who was “very uncooperative.”
Haas did not share with reporters what can be heard on the tapes, but commented, “I don’t believe Sgt. Crowley acted with any racial motivation at all.”
Gates, 58, a world-renowned scholar and documentary filmmaker on black history, allegedly ranted to police at his Ware Street home, “This is what happens to black men in America!” and “You don’t know who you’re messing with!” in addition to verbally dragging Crowley’s mother into the fray.
“More often than not,” O’Donnell said, “as the facts come out, they are more favorable to the cop. It’s crucial in the sense that it provides independent evidence. There is no question it provides corroboration. He called the tapes potentially “crucial” to Crowley’s ability to defend himself against charges of racism.
Attorney Stuart London, who has defended countless cops in high-profile cases, including one of the NYPD officers charged in the 1998 beating and plunger torture of Abner Louima in 1998, said, “If (the officer is dealing) with someone who is not being cooperative and is unruly, (the tape) gives you more insight into the state of mind of the officer. That’s the most important part.”
“I don’t believe this officer did anything wrong, and given what we know, I don’t think he would be afraid to share the tapes at all, either,” said Thomas Nee, president of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association. “It’s public record. From dispatch to conclusion, it’s all on tape.”
Sgt. Crowley gave an interview this morning, where he goes into detail, and rebuts Gates' account of the arrest.
Click video to view. Will take you to a new site.
(While Crowley was describing his initial arrival at the home, and expressing his concern for his safety I kept thinking about his poor wife, and how scary it must be being married to a police officer.)
I feel bad for the guy, his life has been turned upside down (I swear I wrote that right before the interviewer asked him that question). I hope he sues.
From viewing all the networks and the coverage, it seems that almost all African American pundits stand with Gates, except Bill Cosby. He couldn't believe Obama commented on the case.
On a Boston radio program this morning, Bill Cosby suggested that President Obama spoke too soon on the controversial arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates.The media, Obama included, jumped at the opportunity to paint an Officer of the Law as a racist. Mika from Morning Joe seems to believe the media was too quick to judge. I loved these two videos from Morning Joe this morning. I can't wait for Eugene to eat crow.
“I’ve heard about five different reports [on the details of the arrest],” Cosby said on Boston’s WZLX. “If I’m the president of the United States, I don’t care how much pressure people want to put on it about race, I’m keeping my mouth shut.”
“I was shocked to hear the president making this kind of statement,” Cosby said referring to the president’s remarks during last night’s press conference.
Click here for Mika and Eugene Robinson debate from Morning Joe.
It is unfortunate Mika is getting hate mail over this, however, I am not surprised.
Click here for Did the Cambridge Police Act Stupidly from Morning Joe.
I have a feeling Obama is going to wish he had stayed out of this. And what do you know - he does. But he blames the media for escalating the incident, not his comments to 28 million people during a live event.
Press secretary Robert Gibbs told NBC News that Obama wished he had not escalated the issue, adding that the media's "obsessions" were keeping alive Obama's comments.It's funny how so many people believe that just because someone is rich, educated and walks with a limp they are above the law, and can abuse and harass police as they see fit. One phone call and Gates' charges were dropped. Well, one race card, and one phone call.
"Had he known it would become such a media distraction, he would have refrained from commenting. But the president has said all he's going to say on the issue," Gibbs told NBC News. "He has not talked to Gates nor the Cambridge police officer."
David Frank, a former prosecutor and a writer for Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, said it was "unusual" for a case to be "nul-processed" [charges dropped] without a court appearance. Gates was slated to be arraigned on disorderly conduct charges Aug. 26.
There is much more about this at memorandum.