911 caller in Harvard scholar case to...

911 caller in Harvard scholar case to break her silence

There are 301 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jul 28, 2009, titled 911 caller in Harvard scholar case to break her silence. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The woman whose 911 call led to the arrest of a Harvard scholar at his home and a national debate on racial profiling plans to speak publicly for the first time.

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Henry

United States

#1 Jul 28, 2009
Maybe the president should invite her for a beer too! I believe she broke her silence a few days ago through her attorney.
HoHum

Safety Harbor, FL

#2 Jul 28, 2009
The media no longer reports the news. It's now an on-going, never ending soap opera. Go to Rense if you want the real deal.
Gottasay

United States

#3 Jul 28, 2009
The police officers acted stupidly.
Mary Ann

Troy, MI

#4 Jul 28, 2009
The President already invited the Harvard Professor and Sgt. Crowley to the White House for a beer. Good! I hope they enjoy themselves and relax. This saga has been going on and on and on. Everyone has their faults but we need to move on and worry about more important things such as the economy, health care, unemployment, etc. These 3 men are mature enough to settle their differences.
Rocko

Evanston, IL

#6 Jul 28, 2009
I was just certain that I was going to read that she'll be on Larry King. Thank goodness NOT. I am so tired of how easily entertained we all are with stories of conflict, outrage, etc.
Policeman

Springfield, IL

#7 Jul 28, 2009
He did what every cop would do, he would check to make sure the guy lives there.
joe

Mason, MI

#8 Jul 28, 2009
its about time yuppies lose
Take a deep breath

Huntley, IL

#9 Jul 28, 2009
Racial profiling...bad. A neighbor calling the police when she suspects someone is breaking into a home....good. This is not, has never been or never will be a case of racial profiling. It is simply a case of two men trying to prove to each other whose is bigger...simple as that.
joe

Mason, MI

#10 Jul 28, 2009
you dont want jhon dillinger 2 do you
think about it

Glen Ellyn, IL

#11 Jul 28, 2009
Why did Crowley's police report mention "2 black men" when the caller said she did not know their race? Also the police dispatch tapes show that the original caller indicated that the men on the porch might live there. So the cops knew that was a possible scenario before they arrived. Then we hear Crowley say that the man states he is the homeowner, he is not cooperating and to send more police cars. Why would you need more police if you now have 2 indications that this is the homeowner your dealing with? Then, literally seconds later, Crowley has the man's ID and states Gates name to the dispatcher. Well if he wasn't cooperating, how come he had his ID so fast? This may not have been about race but Crowley had all he needed to determine that this was the homeowner and to walk away. Period. Yes, Gates may have been yelling at the officer, but yelling does not warrant an arrest. The charges were dropped and the police department originally stated the arrest was "regrettable".
Bob Horan

Batavia, IL

#12 Jul 28, 2009
There is no need for a "Special Commission" or "Panel", what a waste of precious tax dollars and time. There were only two individuals that brought "Race" into the issue and that was Mr Gate and President Obama.
Awwwww

Cary, IL

#13 Jul 28, 2009
I'm sick of this story.
I didn't read this one.
Reporters: find some other human interest story to do.
Tough Love

Lake Villa, IL

#14 Jul 28, 2009
Jermaine wrote:
Gates is certainly being exposed as a **** who chimped out and then tried to cover it up by whippin out the old race card. Good to see that most of america isn't falling for it. Are the days of Jackson, Sharpton, and Farakan finally nearing the end? Let's hope so. It would be a great day indeed when blacks stopped acting like poor little victims all the time. I look around and see many of them doing quite well thank you. At least the ones that want to work and put effort into it. Just like any other race. Meanwhile, the media continues to sensationalize it all and keep racism alive so they have something to report on other than anything else that really matters.
IT WAS HIS OWN HOUSE. WHY did they continue to harass him? Face it, if he were a white woman, they would be bending over backwards to help her get safely into her home.

You seem to be doing a good job yourself at making this a race issue. It's a fixation that you best try to get rid of.
Gates Was Wrong

Des Plaines, IL

#15 Jul 28, 2009
Tough Love wrote:
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IT WAS HIS OWN HOUSE. WHY did they continue to harass him? Face it, if he were a white woman, they would be bending over backwards to help her get safely into her home.
You seem to be doing a good job yourself at making this a race issue. It's a fixation that you best try to get rid of.
I am a minority. Whether I am outside of my home, in my car, in public, etc., however I may personally feel about the police, if asked to identify myself or show ID, I do exactly that. And that is what EVERYONE should do, white, black, latino, asian, etc. If Gates had CALMLY identified himself and offered to show ID, this wouldn't even be news. It is news because he refused to cooperate with a law enforcement official and comply with the law. Plain and simple. End of story. I am disgusted that he is a professor at an institution of learning. He is a race-bater and is one of many public people that are a disgrace and give a bad name to minorities everywhere.
Joe

United States

#17 Jul 28, 2009
Mary Ann wrote:
The President already invited the Harvard Professor and Sgt. Crowley to the White House for a beer. Good! I hope they enjoy themselves and relax. This saga has been going on and on and on. Everyone has their faults but we need to move on and worry about more important things such as the economy, health care, unemployment, etc. These 3 men are mature enough to settle their differences.
I can't wait to see a "foot-in-the-mouth" summit at the White House.
Idzan Ismail

Kuantan, Malaysia

#18 Jul 28, 2009
Rocko wrote:
I was just certain that I was going to read that she'll be on Larry King. Thank goodness NOT. I am so tired of how easily entertained we all are with stories of conflict, outrage, etc.
Let's bet she will be on larry King.
As a fan of Larry's, I can't wait.
Thi is really a small case exploited to the max.
I thought with a black president, racism is no longer in vogue.
But it seems not.
TOTUS

Watseka, IL

#20 Jul 28, 2009
The president acted stupidly.
BigBearFan

Minneapolis, MN

#21 Jul 28, 2009
Gates Was Wrong wrote:
<quoted text> I am a minority. Whether I am outside of my home, in my car, in public, etc., however I may personally feel about the police, if asked to identify myself or show ID, I do exactly that. And that is what EVERYONE should do, white, black, latino, asian, etc. If Gates had CALMLY identified himself and offered to show ID, this wouldn't even be news. It is news because he refused to cooperate with a law enforcement official and comply with the law. Plain and simple. End of story. I am disgusted that he is a professor at an institution of learning. He is a race-bater and is one of many public people that are a disgrace and give a bad name to minorities everywhere.
Gates may not have been right, but he did not break the law and didn't deserve the treatment he received. I AM BLACK! And damn proud of it. That's why I don't refer to myself as a "minority" because I am not "less than" any person or any race! Being black in this country doesn't give one permanent "victim" status, but you'd be hardpressed to find another ethnic group here that endured and continue to endure what we have and still manage to be as smart, successful and accomplished as we. Yes, we have our negatives, but so do every other race/ethnic group in this country, it's just that the deep roots of racism makes it comfortable to highlight our negatives. Being a black man in this country I have personally experienced incidents involving white police on several occasions and on a few of those occasions when I did exactly what I was supposed to (be polite, make no sudden moves, keep my hands on the wheel, say "yes officer, no officer") I still was treated disrespectfully. And growing up on the west side of Chicago if I had did what Dr. Gates had done I would have certainly gotten the crap beat out of me and then cuffed and taken to jail. No, Gates is not a race bater. He only did what many of us have been affraid to do for years and that is speak up and out. Many want blacks to remain quiet while we are being victimized by whites. What damn nerve does anyone have to tell us when and what we should call racism? Hell, we've experienced it in this country for over 400 years we should know it when we see it. And if you are still foolish enough to believe what happened didn't have anything to do with racism, just wait til it happens to YOU! Trust me, it will especially if you are a MINORITY! Quit being a lacky for the white racists.
Sick of the O Regime

United States

#22 Jul 28, 2009
TOTUS wrote:
The president acted stupidly.
Agreed. And the president showed deep racial insensitivity too, perhaps even plain old racism. His non-apologetic ramblings and invitations to the White House have not made up for any of that.
TOTUS

Watseka, IL

#23 Jul 28, 2009
BigBearFan wrote:
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Gates may not have been right, but he did not break the law and didn't deserve the treatment he received. I AM BLACK! And damn proud of it. That's why I don't refer to myself as a "minority" because I am not "less than" any person or any race! Being black in this country doesn't give one permanent "victim" status, but you'd be hardpressed to find another ethnic group here that endured and continue to endure what we have and still manage to be as smart, successful and accomplished as we. Yes, we have our negatives, but so do every other race/ethnic group in this country, it's just that the deep roots of racism makes it comfortable to highlight our negatives. Being a black man in this country I have personally experienced incidents involving white police on several occasions and on a few of those occasions when I did exactly what I was supposed to (be polite, make no sudden moves, keep my hands on the wheel, say "yes officer, no officer") I still was treated disrespectfully. And growing up on the west side of Chicago if I had did what Dr. Gates had done I would have certainly gotten the crap beat out of me and then cuffed and taken to jail. No, Gates is not a race bater. He only did what many of us have been affraid to do for years and that is speak up and out. Many want blacks to remain quiet while we are being victimized by whites. What damn nerve does anyone have to tell us when and what we should call racism? Hell, we've experienced it in this country for over 400 years we should know it when we see it. And if you are still foolish enough to believe what happened didn't have anything to do with racism, just wait til it happens to YOU! Trust me, it will especially if you are a MINORITY! Quit being a lacky for the white racists.
I sincerely feel badly about your cop experience and do not doubt you are telling the truth, but you know what? It is irrelevant.

The POTUS, yes the head of our government, went on national TV to attack a single police officer as acting "stupidly" and Obama implied he is a racist! When Obama had no facts on the case, and Obama was simply wrong.

Whether or not other blacks have been discriminated against (and I am sure it is so) is completely irrelevant to the specific Gates case.

It is as if I am driving and I see a Chevy in front of me and I start screaming at the Chevy driver, giving him the finger and all around acting disorderly. If my rationale is that some other Chevy driver once cut me off, so what? It is no reason to attack someone else who had nothing to do with it!

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