President Obama said that police in Cambridge, Massachusetts, "acted stupidly" in arresting a prominent black Harvard professor last week after a confrontation at the man's home.So let me get this straight. The President of the United States just scolded an entire police department ON NATIONAL TV because his FRIEND, a black activist and professor, was arrested for his belligerence towards the police and making a public disturbance.
"I don't know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played," Obama said Wednesday night while taking questions after a White House news conference.
Cambridge authorities dropped disorderly conduct charges against Henry Louis Gates Jr. on Tuesday.
Obama defended Gates on Wednesday night, while admitting that he may be "a little biased," because Gates is a friend.
"But I think it's fair to say, No. 1, any of us would be pretty angry; No. 2, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; and, No. 3 ... that there's a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately."
The incident, Obama said, shows "how race remains a factor in this society."
The mayor of Cambridge said she is going to meet with the city's police chief to make sure the scenario that caused Gates' arrest does not happen again.
This has nothing to do with race, Mr. President, except if you're a man who makes his life's work about exploiting race, like Mr. Gates.
And I love how Cambridge's mayor is throwing the cops under the bus. Like Birmingham's mayor, who, after a "race related" beating of a black suspect by several cops (one of which was black) that had run over another office during a dangerous chase, something MUST be done to rectify this false issue. The mayor says he's going to make sure this won't happen again.
What's he going to do? Give Gates an extra set of keys and hide under his front yard pottery?
Despicable words and actions by our President and the mayor of Cambridge.