Here's the final report by the Cambridge Review Committee. I haven't read it yet, but this may be the key sentence: "But instead of de-escalting, both men continued to escalate the encounter."
And the key insight may be here: "To say that the arrest of Professor Gates was avoidable is not to say that it was unjustified from a legal standpoint.... [S]ome police actions that may be 'within policy' are not necessarily the best outcomes to a situation."
Like I said... ya think?
Meanwhile, according to the Boston Herald, "Professor Gates' Attorney Blasts New Report."
If you still care, you can all my posts related to Gates.