“Well, I should say at the outset that Skip Gates is a friend, so I may be a little biased here …
My understanding is, at that point, Professor Gates is already in his house. The police officer comes in. I’m sure there’s some exchange of words. But my understanding is, is that Professor Gates then shows his I.D. to show that this is his house and, at that point, he gets arrested for disorderly conduct, charges which are later dropped.”
— President Obama
Yeah but, we know what the “exchange of words” was, don’t we?
He gave the cop some lip.
He called the officer a fool for protecting the property from its rightful owner, even after the error was apparent. And so the officer showed him who was in charge.
Who hasn’t seen this attitude among law enforcement? Racial profiling may be the chocolate (!) shell, but entitlement is the creamy center. Most have this notion that they’re due deference beyond the bare minimum required to do their job.
They’re not. The mentality of privilege starts with double-parking and ends with shit-storms like this one. We need better people as cops.
It would be nice to see the officer dragged through court for profiling a personal friend of the President of the United States. It would do the nation some good. So it’s a shame Professor Gates isn’t going to sue. Of course, he is smarter than I am. I’m sure he has his reasons.