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Obama, Gates & Crowley | By Kevin Alexander Gray

The ProgressiveCitizens have the right to talk back to the police


President Barack Obama reached the wrong conclusion on the controversy between the police officer and the professor.

He said both people overreacted, and by bringing them to the White House for beers, he sought to make the controversy go away.

Instead, as someone who has sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution, he should have taken an unequivocal stand for free speech.

Citizens in this United States have the right to talk back to the police. The cops are not the Gestapo. We should not conclude from this incident that we need to be more servile. Instead, we should conclude that police abuse their authority when they slap a “disturbing the peace” or “disorderly conduct” charge on someone who is standing up for his rights.

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Henry Louis Gates | mug shot | arrest report | Cambridge Police Department

Henry Louis Gates | mug shot

Henry Louis Gates | mug shot

Police reports detailing the July 2009 confrontation between Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Cambridge cops.
Gates' Incident Report | page 1

Gates' Incident Report | page 1

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