Every police/public confrontation ends up in one of three ways: the suspect 1) leaves the scene, 2) defers to police authority, or 3) gets locked up. Mr. Gates couldn't do the first option, he refused to do the second, so he virtually begged for number three. It was certainly wrong, in this situation, to arrest Mr. Gates. But can it ever be right to cuff somebody for "contempt of cop"? The short answer is: yes.Read the complete story here.
July 31, 2009
Op-ed in the Baltimore Sun
This one I wrote. Careful readers of this blog will have come across many of these points.
Labels: Henry Louis Gates Jr