He wasn't arrested for breaking into his home, but for disorderly conduct. You can get arrested on that charge for screaming at a police officer, making excessive noise, or just screaming your head off at any civilian. If Obama were just a lawyer, he'd be perfectly justified in taking a side, even if he didn't have his facts straight. But Obama is not just a lawyer, he is the President of the United States. There's a big difference there. He leads the nation, and he can't simply go around acting like any random civilian. His words and actions matter much more than before now, and its something that he will need to learn.
But Gates did show ID to prove it was his home as soon as he proved it was his home the officers should have left no matter what Gates said( unless he makes a threat to the officers). And as for Obama, he was defending his friend and was right in calling the officers stupid. It was a stupid thing for the officers to do regardless.
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I'm going to submit my 2 cents regarding this. Gates was arrested for "Disorderly Conduct," which in Gates' chase, was most likely him continuing to make unreasonable noise and persist after being asked to stop. So, in this situation, being a jerk is against the law. This is something people tend to overlook. The guy sitting outside your apartment with the boombox or the massive trunk-mounted subwoofer is breaking the law, and you can report it to the police. I've done it before, and I've seen results. I agree that both parties may have overreacted, but I also believe that everyone knows that the police are the people who you do not show attitude towards, especially when they have informed you that they are investigating a possible break in. From the news reports I've read, especially from the line that Gates uttered in response to Crowley telling him that he was investigating a break in, "Why? Because I'm a black man in America?" shows me that Gates has a massive chip on his shoulder. In Crowley's defense, police officers are under a great deal of stress. Their work environment is not as straightforward as yours or mine. Danger can come from many sources, and as a result, it is important for him to keep his guard up. In addition, Crowley is a distinguished career officer. Why perform something like this to throw everything away? It doesn't make sense. I did not vote for Obama to begin with. If you need to know, I voted for Nader. The incident really just furthers solidifies my disbelief in his ability to be a good president, simply because it reveals that he is too rash and too quick to judge. Obama needs to recognize that he is the President of all the citizens in the USA now, and that he can't use his position as a bully pulpit to give friends and former acquaintances pats on the back or gentle shoves ahead of other people. What Obama has done as President is clearly wrong. He won't apologize for it, since it would appear weak - forsaking his friend Gates after defending him so fervently. But the issue between Gates and the Cambridge PD is another issue. I'm not going to make any judgments regarding that, as not all the facts have been revealed. Instead, I urge us all to keep an eye on the news, as this is an important issue.
I think this whole episode was stupid. Honestly, I think that Gates was probably out of line. Most likely, he probably did act like a jerk to that officer. Probably gave him lots of attitude and was likely derivise. However, being a jerk is not against the law.I think the police officer probably just got pissed off with the insults and decided to arrest the guy on baseless grounds. I dont think it was racist, but it certainly wasnt justified. Either way, they both did not act appropriately. Gates for being a stuck up condescending jerk, and the police officer for not following protocol.sonicare