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    I don't think that this one situation demonstrates racism by the police force. Or even be "symtomatic", based on what is described here. I would think there would be other evidence, current or past, that could point to institutional racism*. UNLESS, it is the arrest itself. Would a white guy have been arrested for his loud demonstration on his own porch? Or would the officers have walked away, leaving well enough alone?

    The professor, already irritated with having trouble getting in the door, then suffers the indignity of getting questioned about it. He also (probably) had pre-existing attitudes about the police that influenced his reaction.

    Do you think that anybody, meaning public figures, would credit the police and the professor for being both right and wrong at the same time?


    * Clearly Cleveland has it (institutional racism) in both the police dept. and prosecutors office.
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    I love how all you white guys tell a black guy what to do. None of you have ever experienced what it's like to live as a black man.

    I say bravo to the homeowner. Also, didn't the white neighbor know what the black guy in their neighborhood looked like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by washed up wrestler View Post
    I love how all you white guys tell a black guy what to do. None of you have ever experienced what it's like to live as a black man.

    I say bravo to the homeowner. Also, didn't the white neighbor know what the black guy in their neighborhood looked like?
    Nothing in the article said that the neighbor was white.
    CAmbridge is such a diverse city that it would not be surprising if the nieghbor was neither black nor white.

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    whether or not the neighbor is white, you would think that they or anyone else living around there would know what the man looks like, unless he just moved in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pimach View Post
    whether or not the neighbor is white, you would think that they or anyone else living around there would know what the man looks like, unless he just moved in.
    I have several neighbors I wouldn't recognize if I were standing 3 feet away and face to face with them. Even the neighbors I'm friendly with, I probably wouldn't be able to recognize them if I were standing across the street and their back was turned while they tried to force a door open.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FloggingSully View Post
    I have several neighbors I wouldn't recognize if I were standing 3 feet away and face to face with them. Even the neighbors I'm friendly with, I probably wouldn't be able to recognize them if I were standing across the street and their back was turned while they tried to force a door open.
    Not very attentive, are you?
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    The article doesn't say the woman who called was a neighbor - she may have been passing by on a bike, car, or even walking.

    It sounds to me that the truth of the matter is going to be difficult to determine in a "he said... they said..." scenario, especially because we don't know the tone either party was using when addressing the other.

    The one question I have is why the police officer felt the need to ask Gates to step out of the house? Couldn't the officer have questioned him in the living room or kitchen, just like most of us would be questioned?
    Your ignorance is painful to witness.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ground&Pound View Post

    2. If the cops are smart, they will drop the charges and apologize profusely.
    Charges dropped.

    The city of Cambridge issued a statement saying the arrest "was regrettable and unfortunate,"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ground&Pound View Post
    Charges dropped.

    The city of Cambridge issued a statement saying the arrest "was regrettable and unfortunate,"

    still wont stop the civil suit from being filed.
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