CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST HARVARD PROFESSOR HENRY GATES
HARVARD SCHOLAR MISTAKEN FOR BURGLAR
By JEANE MacINTOSH, AP
Posted: 12:45 pm
July 21, 2009
Charges against a famed black Harvard scholar arrested in his own home were dropped today.
The city of Cambridge, Mass., issued a statement saying the arrest of Henry Louis "Skip" Gates Jr. yesterday "was regrettable and unfortunate." The statement said the police and Gates agreed dropping the charge was a just resolution.
Gates had blasted the cops as racist for arresting him after he forced open a jammed front door at his own house.
"This is what happens to black men in America!" an incensed Henry Louis "Skip" Gates Jr. fumed as he was cuffed for disorderly conduct, according to a police report.
Police were responding to a call of a possible break-in by "two black males with backpacks on the porch" of the Cambridge house where the prominent African-American academic recently began renting an apartment.
Harvard magazine fund-raiser Lucia Whalen, 77, who is white, had called police after seeing a man "wedging his shoulder into the front door as to pry the door open."
Gates was already inside the house when police arrived but initially refused to identify himself, cops said.
"They did not believe him when he said that he was in his own home. He was totally mistreated," said Allen Counter, a colleague of Gates who spoke with his friend after the incident.
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Heads are going to roll for this one, people.