Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Man arrested for breaking in own home?

In Boston, a woman saw a man attempting to break in a front door and called the police. The Cambridge police department arrived to question him (he was in his home)and he explained he had trouble unlocking the door because it was jammed. He was booked for disorderly conduct after “exhibiting loud and tumultuous behavior,” according to a police report. Gates accused the investigating officer of being a racist and told him he had "no idea who he was messing with,'' the report said.

Friends of Gates said he was already in his home when police arrived. He showed his driver's license and Harvard identification card, but was handcuffed and taken into police custody for several hours last Thursday, they said

The incident raised concerns among some Harvard faculty that Gates was a victim of racial profiling. (I agree)

Henry Louis Gates Jr.(58) is the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities, the chair of Afro-American Studies and the director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University.

The professor was charged with disorderly conduct and released for a $40 fee. Gates is scheduled to be arraigned on a single charge of disorderly conduct Aug. 26 at Cambridge District Court in Medford. The maximum penalty Gates faces if convicted is a $150 fine.

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