Monday, July 27, 2009

Somebody Is Lying - "Keep The Cars Coming" - How Many Cambridge Police Are Needed To Deal With One "Belligerent" Black Man?

The more that comes to light with this bogus Skip Gates arrest, the worst it gets. Sgt. Crowley needed multiple police cars to respond to the scene of a non-robbery, a non-burglary, a non-break-in? What exactly were the extra officers for - too intimidate Dr. Gates perhaps?

The 911 caller sounded unsure about what she saw and clearly was reporting information from a third party. And good old stand-up guy Sgt. Crowley has now been contradicted by his own witness about who mentioned "race" first. Somebody is lying.

The 911 caller mentions luggage - "suitcases" - Crowley said "backpacks" in his official report - what taxi driver wears a backpack when driving? Somebody is lying. And what did Crowley think happened to the other man since he only encountered one man on the scene when he arrived? The disappearing accomplice - a taxi driver that performs magic robberies on the side? Somebody is lying.

And this quote from Crowley troubles me greatly -

"I'm up with a gentleman, says he resides here, but was uncooperative, but keep the cars coming." Keep the cars coming for what? A seasoned trained officer like Crowley needed help with an angry and upset citizen? Sounds like to me Sgt. Crowley was intending to arrest Dr. Gates and wanted witnesses.

I'm with Andrew Sullivan, John Ridley, and Maureen Dowd on this one.


PPR_Scribe July 27, 2009 at 7:38 PM  

A very interesting twist to a story that (IMO) should have been exhausted. Maybe the beers will bring this issue to rest? Nah, don't think so.

RiPPa July 28, 2009 at 8:30 AM  

Great questions. Sadly, nobody will take the time to answer them. They won't because, well, it's a Black guy, so he must have been in the wrong.

lena July 29, 2009 at 3:50 PM  

While I dislike Gates very much, I have to say thanks for this post. Some other blogs that i frequent, as much as I like them, have gotten so hysterical over their dislike of Gates that they've missed the bigger issues here of police misconduct for no good reason. Thanks for this post!

Professor Tracey July 29, 2009 at 6:56 PM  

@Lena -

Great point, there are a lot of black folks that don't care for Skip Gates. I'm one of them. That's what troubles me about how quickly this incident went tribal.

White folks never consider that black folks could dislike Gates and have big problems with how his arrest occurred. This is not about Gates really, but the treatment of black men and the their dealings with law enforcement.

We are not a monolith!

Professor Tracey July 29, 2009 at 6:57 PM  

@RiPPA -

Notice how the mainstream press has not said a peek about Crowley lying on his police report? Funny that.

Professor Tracey July 29, 2009 at 6:58 PM  

@RiPPA -

Notice how the mainstream press has not said a peek about Crowley lying on his police report? Funny that.

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