CNN shows why people who hate cops have a valid reason for the hate:
Cambridge, Massachusetts, police officer said Thursday he will “never apologize” about how he handled the arrest of prominent black Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.
“That apology will never come from me as Jim Crowley, it won’t come from me as sergeant in the Cambridge Police Department,” Sgt. James Crowley told Boston radio station WEEI. “Whatever anybody else chooses to do in the name of the city of Cambridge or the Cambridge Police Department which are beyond my control, I don’t worry about that. I know what I did was right. I have nothing to apologize for.”
Crowley also said he was exercising caution and is clearly not a racist based on his previous actions.
Those actions, Crowley told the Boston Herald, include giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to former Boston Celtics star Reggie Lewis, who suffered a fatal heart attack in 1993 at Brandeis University when Crowley was a campus cop.
Yeh – and the Republican Party isn’t a racist organization because it placed a black guy in its chairman slot.
The U.S. Constitution forbids the bestowing of titles of nobility, but at the end of the day that’s what the title of police officer has become. They have the absolute power of life and death over anyone they come across – and as this incident shows, that includes people lawfully in their own home who prove that they are lawfully in their own home. That cop could have blown Gates away and made up a story about what happened – and if he did, he’d walk. If Gates had even touched the cop, he’d have been charged not with disorderly conduct (or whatever the arcane charge actually was) but with assaulting a member of the nobility a cop and the charge would have stuck at least long enough to cost Gates thousands of dollars in legal expenses – which Gates may well have, but average serfs citizens do not.
Until the class of nobles who have been granted the power of life and death over the serfs citizenry, the Constitution is just as worthless as the Bush junta wanted it to be.
When you ride with Jim Crowley, you ride with bin Laden.