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No, Henry Louis Gates Is Not a 'Railer,' a 'Brawler,' or a 'Common Street Walker'




Since Barack Obama weighed in on the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, we thought it was worthwhile to do a close reading of the law and the arrest report to see just how stupid the Cambridge Police Department was.This account is based on the police report, a statement from Gates' lawyer, interviews by Gates given after the arrest, and a radio interview that the arresting officer gave this morning.

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FWIW, I'm glad Obama has stood by his comments on this.  He didn't criticize the police officers themselves, he criticized their *actions*.  And considering the fact that the charges were dropped almost immediately, I don't think that comment is out of line.

Should he have commented like that?  Probably not from the standpoint of it becoming a distraction, but he did, and he certainly was within his rights to do so.  I think it's one of the few non-political things I've seen him get this upset about.
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