Apparently Mr. Gates Jr likes controversy and getting arrested in his tony neighborhood of Cambridge after struggling unsuccessfully to get into his home after traveling all day is exactly what the doctor ordered. Lets face it no matter how you cut it being a police officer isn't easy and you are on point stressed and looking for trouble. Lets face it being an African American man is also just as stressful even after Obama's election. So it was the perfect storm of circumstance. I think we must be self responsible and admit we are biased and quick to judge people by how they look. I also think we give cops a rough time too and maybe it should be mandatory that every citizen serve as volunteer cops in our neighborhoods once a year like jury duty...in other words walk in each others shoes?
I am not sure I am on either side here...I know too well both sides. I am thinking honestly he is lucky he wasn't shot. Down south in the Bronx he could have been and the cops acquitted of it. Here in Cambridge it's not so quick but obviously it is still a hair trigger situation.
I know if Mr. Gates was a Caucasian the cop would have given him a bigger window of doubt and talked longer then he did and probably with more respect.
I also know that Mr. Gates likes publicity so who knows what really went down.
Yes, both sides are really guilty but of what?
Mr. Gates for being Black and the Cop for being a cop?