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Sgt. Crowley didn’t drink the Kool-Aid or the Iced-T he was offered-

July 31, 2009

Obama in window

July 31 2009
by Bob Weir

Gates proved how small a man he is

Now that the beer summit is a part of history, let’s look at what was accomplished by the foregoing set of events that should have never been more than a routine police assignment. A white police officer, along with the entire Cambridge, Massachusetts PD, was maligned by a black Harvard professor and a black President of the United States. A white woman neighbor of the professor, who called the police to report a possible burglary, publicly has been termed a racist and has been harassed to the point of breaking down in tears during a press conference.

Professor Gates has plenty of publicity to help him with his upcoming documentary on race relations in America and President Obama had a major photo op in an attempt to spin his shocking comments into something positive. There was no handshake between the cop and the professor; no apology from the president or the professor; and there was no chance for the Press to interview the parties together. The only words spoken publicly after the beer fest were from Sgt. Crowley, who said: “We have agreed to disagree.”

Well, wasn’t that the state of affairs before they met over a couple of brews? Unless there were some clandestine plans made to improve race relations in the future, this was a waste of time. Evidently, Obama, the man who was going to bring us together, didn’t even have enough influence with his buddy Gates to convince him to press the flesh with his arresting officer. And, speaking of that arrest for disorderly conduct, why has so little been said about the charges being dropped?

If there was ever a case in which political influence wiped its feet on the law, this was it. Without any apparent debate on the legality of the arrest, or the legitimacy of the arresting officer’s authority to effect same, the charge seems to have simply vanished. In the midst of all the hoopla over the President’s stupid comment, the fact that someone with political power just proved to the world that he is above the law, seems to have been lost. Who pulled the strings for Gates and circumvented the laws of the state of Massachusetts? Did Gates deserve a get out of jail card because he has friends in high places? What does it say about justice in America if a duly constituted police officer, vested with the authority to enforce the law, can have his actions voided by powerful friends of the defendant?

Perhaps I’m old fashioned, but I believe that the law should apply equally to everyone. Sergeant Crowley made a bona fide arrest of a man whose actions fit the offense of disorderly conduct. No, it’s not a felony and it’s not worthy of lengthy incarceration. However, it is worthy of an arraignment, a plea, a trial and a judgment by a court; not by the Cambridge Mayor or the Massachusetts Governor. I’d like to examine the arrest record for disorderly conduct charges in the state to determine if other defendants had their charges mysteriously dropped. Moreover, what happens if the next person arrested on similar charges demands the same privileges? Does he have to be a Harvard professor and buddy of the Chief Executive in order to be treated similarly? Obama said he wanted this to be a “teachable moment.” I submit that it has been. It has taught us that you can get away with anything if you know the right people.

If Professor Gates were a decent and honorable man, he would have acknowledged that he lost control because he was tired and irritable after arriving home from a long trip and realized that he had lost the keys to his house. He could have shown some humility by confessing that he took his frustration out on the cop, who, he realized later, was only doing his job. In the eyes of the world, he would have emerged as a man big enough to admit a mistake in judgment. Moreover, he could have actually helped his Oval Office friend to achieve a teachable moment by saying something to the effect that people shouldn’t react to the police the way he did.

Instead, he attended this pathetic excuse for a substantive caucus and continued to prove that he’s an elitist who would probably behave the same way if it happened again. I only hope that this incident will not dissuade officers from doing their job as capably as Sgt. Crowley did his. The job is tough enough and dangerous enough without letting people like Gates cause cops to hesitate just long enough to get themselves killed.

Bob Weir is a former detective sergeant in the New York City Police Department. He is the executive editor of The News Connection in Highland Village, Texas.

(ht/American Thinker)

This is one of the best commentary’s I’ve read throughout this debacle. The fact remains, when Obama could have said or done something magnanimous to improve racial relations, he offered nothing to either party in the way of mediation.

Here are the wise words of Abraham Lincoln :

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

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  1. July 31, 2009 1:37 pm

    If anyone finds something Lincolnesque about Obama, please let me know.

  2. Jenni permalink
    July 31, 2009 3:00 pm

    Why wasn’t the woman who called 911 invited. She suffered a lot of harrassment about the call, including false statements about what she actually said. She is certainly owed an apology, and all b/c she did a good deed.

  3. July 31, 2009 5:43 pm

    The discussion at the WH was meant to steer away from the event in question and provide cover for Gates.

    Ms Whalen’s presence would have served as the basis for referring back to the night of the arrest and the part she played inadvertently revealing Gates’ plan for filming a documentary on “racial profiling.”

    now we couldn’t have that… could we?

    Obama didn’t misstep when he interfered with police after Gates was arrested. What Obama didn’t want was Gates to be investigated and questioned by police. Gates would have had to be arraigned and a hearing date would have been scheduled which would have set in motion another cog in the wheels of justice… A TRIAL… and (horrors) Public Scrutiny.

  4. PamelaofthePoconos permalink
    August 1, 2009 11:16 am

    The black man who said nasty things had charges against him dropped.
    The white man who said nastier things lost his job.
    First lesson learned: blacks have complete freedom of speech. Whites do not.
    Second lesson learned: Blacks are not racist. White are racist.

  5. August 1, 2009 12:57 pm

    If Mrs. Whalen didn’t interject race into the situation, which has been proved w/o a doubt, Sgt. Crowley must have filed an illegal report of arrest on his own behalf.
    The arrest report is a legal document & it’s there in black & white for everyone to peruse.
    Where else could the description of 2 Black men w/ backpacks originate, but from Sgt. Crowley’s own briused ego?
    Prof. Gates didn’t break any laws by yelling @ a Sgt. Crowley, if in fact he did yell.
    His voice wasn’t heard @ all on the audio tape of the arrest.
    The POTUS suggested that perhaps they should all get together for a cold one.
    It was Sgt. Crowley who invited himself to the WH to partake of a brewski.
    He assumed that the action would assure that any further legal action by Prof. Gates would be nullified.
    Sgt. Crowley knew that he had made an unlawful arrest & incarceration under false pretense.
    He also knew that if Prof. Gates was to be arraigned for trial, it would mean that his own part in the matter would be intensly scrutinized.

    The “Suds Summit” @ the WH was a perfect way to back out of his predicament & save face w/o apologizing for his biased behavior.

    The Police are supposed to be impartial & unbiased, even though there is automatically a presumption of guilt against Black people, especially Black men.

    The mug-shot of Prof. Gates that has been broadcasted worldwide, is “strange fruit” indeed to be hanging from the news-tree of the MSM’s corporatized cartel.

    The War On Drugs has morphed into a War On The Poor, so instead of protecting & serving the public @ large, the Police have adopted an Us vs Them mindset.
    The Takings Law, Kangaroo Courts w/ a 3 strikes-you’re out-benchmark, & the exponential growth of private prisons, has created a very lucrative scenario for PDs & many others others.

    The militarization of PDs, & the use of mercenary
    groups such as XE (aka Blackwater USA), who were contracted by the Bu$h regime (of tyranny & terror alerts) to deploy in NOLA after Katrina & Rita, is very troubling.

    Since 1997 the End Racial Profiling Act has languished because Republican’s swear that we are now a colorblind society, just so they can put an end to Affirmative Action programs.
    It was particularly telling when a reporter asked Sgt. Crowley what he thought of the POTUS Obama.
    The 1st words out of his pie-hole were, “I didn’t vote for him!”

    The police are trained to exercise restraint, as they carry deadly weapons that can mean life or death in an instant.
    That’s why they are called Peace Officers.

    But they are also doing great damage to our youth w/ their D.A.R.E program, whose major funding comes from the alcohol spirits distillery & brewing industry.

    When children are indocrinated from an early age w/ “Reefer Madness” propaganda about the extreme dangers of Cannabis, the daredevils will seek out the “forbidden fruit” just as they do w/ alchohol & tobacco.

    When a few youngsters do eventually cross the line, they discover that they have been lied to by the adults.
    This can often lead to tragic consequences when their trust has been destroyed, as they will sometimes go on to try hard drugs that are cheap to buy, like Methamphetamines.

    Cannabis has been used as a medicine for thousands of years.
    It was planted on King Solomen’s grave & even mentioned in the Old Testament as a medicinal panacea.

    Our Constitution is printed on hemp paper.
    Our founding Fathers partook of the herb.
    The uniforms of Gen. Washington’s Army were constructed of hemp textiles.
    The sails of our warships were fabricated from hemp, as were the ropes & other gear.

    Henry Ford’s personal automobiles were all powered w/ fuel made from hemp seed oil.
    But I digress . . .

    The legalization, legislation & taxation of hemp/ Cannabis would go a long way in stopping illegal importation/drug gangs, et cetera, etc…

  6. August 1, 2009 6:11 pm

    I know exactly how you feel. If you want to know someones character, you check to see who they identify with-


  7. August 3, 2009 8:36 pm

    Do you get paid by the cut and paste?

  8. Tabula rasta permalink
    August 4, 2009 8:04 pm

    Again, thanks for the (L) handed compliment, but this is genuine righteous indigination.

    I knew that you wouldn’t have a clue about such things, considering all of the cut & paste, reich wing B.S. that you post

  9. August 4, 2009 9:55 pm

    RW BS?

    surely you must be in need of an eye appointment at the ophthalmologists… RW indeed- laughable, coming from a rabid LW’er.

  10. Tabula rasta permalink
    August 6, 2009 4:44 am

    You haven’t seen rabid yet.
    Keep pushing.

  11. Anonymous permalink
    September 11, 2009 11:01 am

    Grow a set… anonymous chicken!

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