According to the New York Times article titled 2 Cambridge Worlds Collide in Unlikely Meeting -
News of Professor Gates’s arrest did not emerge until four days later, when the Harvard Crimson posted a story on its Web site based on the police report.
Here is the Harvard Crimson story by Peter F. Zhu that "broke" the news of the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. to not only Harvard but much of the free world. . .
Renowned Af-Am Professor Gates Arrested for Disorderly Conduct
It is well worth reading. Take note that it is dated July 20, 2009 6:42 PM
Here are some interesting quotes from it -
:The two then moved to the front porch, the report said, where Gates continued to shout that the sergeant was racist, catching the attention of roughly seven "surprised and alarmed" onlookers.
:"I think that the charges should be dropped because Professor Gates was a suspect for being a burglar in his own home," Ogletree said in an interview with The Crimson. "This was precipitated on a false assumption that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time." He added that Gates has been "traumatized" by the entire affair and is now resting comfortably in his summer home in Martha's Vineyard.
:Ogletree declined to comment on whether he believes Gates was racially profiled, as some media reports have suggested, instead saying that his statement of events "speaks for itself." But other prominent black Harvard professors, including medical school professor S. Allen Counter and social sciences professor Lawrence D. Bobo, have suggested that race influenced the police actions. According to the Associated Press, the Reverend Al Sharpton has vowed to attend Gates' arraignment.
Editor's note: I guess that *the* Rev. Al Sharpton is off *that* hook now since the charges have been dropped. . .
:"This arrest is indicative of at best police abuse of power or at worst the highest example of racial profiling I have seen," Sharpton said. "I have heard of driving while black and even shopping while black but now even going to your own home while black is a new low in police community affairs."
Editor's note: But *the* Rev. Al Sharpton is not off *that* hook since Henry Louis Gates was not racially profiled, or even arrested. . . simply for going to (his) own home.
:Ogletree said that he and Gates believe the professor did not violate any laws and are hoping the matter will be resolved promptly. According to the police report, disorderly conduct carries a maximum penalty of a $150 fine.
I expect that at this point in time, more than a week after the arrest, the whole "Land of the Free", and a good chunk of the rest of the Free World, is hoping the matter will be resolved promptly. . . If Henry Louis Gates Jr. gets off his high horse and acknowledges his own "mistakes" in this regrettable, yet in some ways fortuitous, matter perhaps it will be satisfactorily resolved over a few Arrogant Bastard Ales at the White House later this week. Personally I would like to see this matter promptly resolved by both parties responsibly acknowledging any and all mistakes that they may have made and agreeing to work together to improve race relations in the U.S.A., to say nothing of the rest of the free world, but I am probably just dreaming in Technicolor as it were.
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