Originally Posted by Play The Man
Gates made it a matter of race when he started yelling "Is This How You Treat A Black Man In America?" when he was asked to provide identification. Frankly, I don't care about Mr Gate's past experience. He doesn't get a "Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free" card because he "lived through the civil rights movement". All he had to do was say: "I think there has been a mistake here, officer. I live here. Here is my driver's license, which, as you can see, has this address on it. I just returned from vacation and had trouble with a stuck door. Is there anything else I can do to clear this up for you?" It would have taken less than 30 seconds.
Im not saying he should get a get out jail free card. I was trying to explain that past experiences with Cops during his youth, a time of definite racial disparity and a time where some cops were known to treat blacks poorly and not fairly may have contributed why he blew up at the cop....and you dont think that that holds ANY water at all? ...you dont care what he has been through? Do you have any clue what life was like for some people in his youth, because of things like race? Do you? I mean do you really? No you probably do not. You dont think times like that shape a man as he grows older? I think they might. On top of that, I have still not heard the full dialogue between Gates and the officer...and I MEAN THE FULL THING. From the time he introduces himself as an officer, and gates' original response. All I have heard, courtesy of ABC news (with my main man charlie gibson) is a 30 second clip where the officer tells his dispatcher that he needs backup. Who knows what the cop could have been saying to gates before that (or vice versa). He really may have been out of line in the way he spoke to gates, or the way he continued to speak to gates afterwards. We dont know, because a cops word always count for more, and thats why some cops run rampid with the power they have. What are you going to tell me next, there is no such thing as bad cops?