The One True Failure Of The Dr. Skip Gates Saga - The Cop Who Arrested Him Failed To Exhibit What We Count On All Policemen To Possess - Good Judgment
Sgt. Crowley, the officer that arrested Gates is now speaking out. I'm not going to call the man a racist, but his explanations don't hold water. He's a veteran in law enforcement. I find it hard to believe that in his long career that he has not been cussed and cursed from top to bottom by every kind of individual God ever created. He surely has not arrested everyone that ever cussed him out or raised their voice. I hope.
Where were his community policing skills? Where was his many years of racial profiling training? If he was so well-trained he should have known in an instant that he was not looking at a burglar or robber. If he was so well-trained, why didn't he recognize that he was dealing with a frustrated and irate old man who was angry about his difficulties of getting into his own home and being falsely accused of a crime at the same time. Where was Sgt. Crowley's compassion? His sound judgment?
Sgt. Crowley's job is hard, he must deal with difficult people everyday, but you don't arrest people for being difficult. Instead of running around telling folks you're not a racist because you once tried to save the life of a famous basketball player (which is part of your damn job in the first place whether the victim is black or white) - admit the truth, Dr. Gates was loud and challenging, got on your damn nerves, you didn't like his behavior and you arrested him. Admit you're human, apologize, and move on.