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Old 07-23-2009, 10:33 AM   #1
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Default Obama says police acted 'stupidly' in (Gates) arrest

Obama plays the race card during Healthcare speech?
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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Wednesday that police acted "stupidly" in the arrest of prominent black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. and that despite racial progress blacks and Hispanics are still singled out unfairly for arrest.

"This still haunts us," Obama said.

Obama called Gates a friend, and said he doesn't know all the facts of the case. Nonetheless, Obama said, anyone would have been angry if treated the way Gates claims police in Cambridge, Mass., treated him. Gates, a Harvard University professor, claims he was arrested in his home after showing ID to police who responded to a report of a possible burglary.

"Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof he was in own home," Obama said during a prime-time news conference that otherwise focused on the health care debate.

Gates' arrest followed a report of a possible burglary. A woman apparently saw Gates force the front door and called police. Police came and demanded that Gates show identification. Gates was arrested shortly afterward for alleged disorderly conduct, a charge that was dropped Tuesday.

"What I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there's a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately," Obama said. "That's just a fact."

That disparity is a reminder that "race remains a factor in the society," Obama said.

The nation's first black president held himself up as testament to what he called the "incredible progress" minorities have achieved.

The police sergeant accused of racism after he arrested Gates insisted Wednesday that he won't apologize.

Police say Gates at first refused to display ID and then accused the officer of racism.

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Old 07-23-2009, 10:39 AM   #2
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He was arrested for disorderly conduct, NOT burglary. Ergo, when he resisted the cops and didn't comply when they asked for his ID, they arrested him...just as they should and would with just about any other person.

Definite race card...but I guess he'll call in any chit he has now to get this POS healthcare abortion passed...
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Old 07-23-2009, 10:51 AM   #3
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Did any of you really think that because there is now a black president that the race card was going to disappear?

In this country, if a person of color farts a white person can't even say that it stinks without being labeled a racist!

The race card will be played until a burning rock streaks across the sky and brings us sweet relief from all the bullshyte!
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Old 07-23-2009, 11:20 AM   #4
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He was arrested for disorderly conduct, NOT burglary. Ergo, when he resisted the cops and didn't comply when they asked for his ID, they arrested him...just as they should and would with just about any other person.
Gates proved who he was. That's why he wasn't arrested for burglary.

Disorderly conduct is just a very vague, general offense cops can use on anyone they don't like.
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The race card didn't die in the civil rights movement, more then likely it stays for good.
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Read the arrest report:

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Ill talk to YO MOMMA outside!

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“I’ll talk to YO MOMMA outside!”

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Yeah, Gates acted like a dick, no disputing that.

But he acted like a dick on his own property. All he was really guilty of was annoying someone with a badge.
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Not that I believe everything a police report but this one looks like Gates played the race card from the get go. That being said, as a white dude, I have no idea what it feels like to be investigated for breaking into your own home.
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This would never, ever happen to me. You know why? Not because I'm white, but because I would have simply and quietly cooperated with the police. He also uttered the stupidest phrase in the English language: "Do you know who I am?" (as in "Do you know who you're messin' with?") Only dickheads and asshats EVER say something like that.
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Not that I believe everything a police report but this one looks like Gates played the race card from the get go. That being said, as a white dude, I have no idea what it feels like to be investigated for breaking into your own home.
As a white dude myself, I was once detained in the parking lot of a Phillips 66 gas station for no other reason than I had the same name of someone they were looking for, which they ascertained by my license plate (why they ran my plate in the first place is beyond me). I was completely cooperative and didn't act like a belligerent ass about it and I also wasn't apologized to for my inconvenience for their mistake. Besides, what the hell is something like THIS being brought up for in a presidential news conference in the first place?

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