Cambridge Police: President Obama Should Apologize

Boston and Cambridge area police organizations and unions call on President Obama, Governor Deval Patrick, and Cambridge Mayor Simmons to apologize:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/07/24/officer.gates.arrest/index.html

The president is doing so, to some extent, at this writing. The defense of Sergeant Crowley, and backlash about President Obama opining on it, is valid, but degrees of it dismiss the fact that Blacks thrust into similar confrontations or police calls are nervous and fearful because of the history, even recent (the Cincinnati “riots”, the Sean Bell murder, the killing of an off-duty Black cop in Oakland since Inauguration Day), concerning them. Any cry that Crowley was merely doing his job, and that Professor Gates should be happy that vigilance was exercised, diminishes the fact that even this year, Black men have died in incidents which contribute to the trepidation of Dr. Gates and others.

BCB

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