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Monday, July 27, 2009

Please Don't Go to The White House Sgt. Crowley


Sgt. Crowley of the Cambridge police, definitely should not go to the White House. He is being used. The president calls it a teachable moment. But it is obvious that the president and his friend are still thinking racial profiling. If Crowley goes, he should say up front, ”That was a righteous bust and if you try to hint anything else, I am out of there.”

Driving home one frigid, windy night, I was pulled over by a policeman for weaving. When I explained that the wind was blowing my little VW Beatle back and forth, he let me go. A few minutes later I saw him parked on the road and I stopped, went over to his car, and as a local citizen, thanked him on his willingness to be out protecting us on such a night.

That is the way a college professor interacts with a policeman doing his job.

Sgt. Crowley is notified that two people look like they are trying to break into a neighbor’s house. There is no mention of whether they are black or white. There had been a recent attempt at a break in.

The reaction Crowley gets is not one to be expected by a person claiming to be a college professor, which should be: “Officer, thank you for checking on things. There was an attempted break in a little while back, so my neighbors are doing a good job of neighborhood watch.”

Instead, at first the man inside refuses to open the door. Later, Crowley is confronted by a slightly unkempt man, who is using some street language. “Is he really a college professor, or is he an intruder flashing bogus ID, trying to fake me out?”“He sure as hell does not look, act or talk like a Harvard professor.” (Which is what Crowley later indicated.)

As the man becomes even more erratic and refuses to say where the other man is in the house, it is time to take the action outside where there are witnesses and backup. The officer, definitely does not want to be shot by someone acting out of control or someone hiding in the house.

Not being able to get the situation under control, Sgt. Crowley takes the man, downtown. It is still not clear that he is not an intruder pulling a con.

There are only two teachable moments here. One is the president should learn to watch his mouth. The other lesson is how to interact with a law enforcement person who is trying to do his job. That don't need Crowley for that.

51 comments:

Sarkazein said...

Heaven help the cop who pulls over Professor Gates for DWI when he leaves the White House.

guy faulkes said...

Blogger, I agree with you. Crowley is only going to be double or triple teamed if he goes to the White House. Obama and Gates would love to support each other in trying to discredit Crowley and would be supported by biased media reporting if the mainstream media is present. Crowley would be in a no win situation as he can be certain he could expect no remorse from either of the parties that wronged him.

I do think Sgt. Crowley used an incorrect charge for Mr. Gates' offense. I believe obstruct and delay would have been more appropriate than disorderly conduct.

I would like for you to answer some questions for me. Many college professors seem to reach the conclusion they are somehow very special after they receive a PhD. Wile this certainly indicates they are very well informed in their field, it does not mean they know diddley about anything else or even that others in their field agree with them. I have always been amused at their insistence of being called Doctor. The smartest professor I ever meant did not care what you called him as long as it was not late for dinner. He had a PhD in two fields. (That would seem to me to be an almost impossible achievement.) The smartest man I ever met was a carpenter with an IQ of 149 that read Shakespeare on his lunch hour and studied quantum physics at the library because he enjoyed the subject. His hobby was deflating the egos of professors. Do you not think that demanding to be called by a title such as Doctor or Senator is sophomoric and immature? I can guarantee you that no matter who you are, there are plenty of people that will make you look foolish if compared to them in their field. Why do those such as Mr. Gates think so much of themselves? Is it because they are insecure as to their own self worth?

Sarkazein said...

I see the White House invitation to Gates as a reward for bad behavior. This is liberal SOP. Now Black people everywhere can be belligerent with the cops and HOPE to be rewarded.
The Press, covering it as though Obama was trying to bring the races together, is rewarding Obama for his bad behavior in trying to incite racial tensions with his original comment.

oatz said...

He wrote this in his Yale yearbook, via WTOP:

He was an A student who loved history and geography and would practice the way African leaders' names were pronounced by following the newscasts of Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite. He gave the valedictory address at high school and graduated summa cum laude from Yale, where he majored in history.

To his eventual embarrassment, he wrote in his Yale application:

"As always, whitey now sits in judgment of me, preparing to cast my fate. It is your decision either to let me blow with the wind as a nonentity or to encourage the development of self. Allow me to prove myself."

Blogger said...

I hear the poor neighbor had to hire an attorney. So, the president has not only screwed up race relations but so much now for neighborhood watch.

Blogger said...

Guy, you wrote "I do think Sgt. Crowley used an incorrect charge for Mr. Gates' offense"

I was just listening to Judge Napolitano who agrees with you. Apparently, he has spent a lot of effort to look into it.

I just wish Crowley could say that given Gates behavior, he was not convinced he was the owner. Then any charge would work. I am afraid it is a little late for that now and this whole thing will continue to be one big mess for Crowley.

oatz said...

From CNN no Less......Liberal POV, BikerBard, or Shyster comments?

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2009/07/26/nr.comrade.in.arms.cnn?iref=videosearch

Sarkazein said...

Oatz-

That video made my eyes sweat a little.

Gregg said...

Me too Sark.

Obama is a complete disaster in terms of race relations. He sends the worst possible message to young blacks.

oatz said...

Hard core liberals will never admit they could possibly make any mistake when it comes to a post Bush presidency. They will think it in their heads, but never iterate it.....too much embarassment. I have a relative in this very predicament, and as the saying goes.."pride goeth before a fall".....rings true.
Obama had said to Harry Reid, after delivering his speech at the '04 Dem convention, "Harry, I have a gift". He truly believes he can talk his way out of or into anything and now reality is setting in. His welcome is rapidly wearing thin with Americans, as his mantra has become one long droan. One can only hope this corrupt presidency is mothballed before it leaves future generations with massive debt and decreased security.

Blogger said...

Guy, in your comment, you raised another interesting subject, you wrote “Why do those such as Mr. Gates think so much of themselves?”

On Good Morning Joe today they were keeping Gatesgate going. Though they represented many points of view, they all agreed on one thing: If you are intent on getting yourself arrested, say to the policeman: “Do you know whom you are dealing with? I have major juice and mess with me, I can hurt you.” That guarantees a trip downtown.

Also, every kid knows that the best way to pick a fight is to say something about the person’s mother.

Gates did them both, and even if Crowley booked him on the wrong charge, I’ll bet he has won the hearts and minds of law enforcement officers everywhere.

Blogger said...

Guy, Mark Furman last night said "disorderly conduct" was the right call. He said yelling "race" in such volatile situations is the very thing that sets off riots. Crowley knew they were being filmed and would have no way of predicting if Gates was going to quiet down. He had to get the situation under control immediately before others became involved.

Furman as well as Crowley's former boss plus all the fellow officers, agree it was a justified call under the circumstances.

guy faulkes said...

Blogger, thanks for the information. The only problem would seem to be if the arrest was made in a public place. If it happened on the walk or the front porch, there is a strong argument that it was public. This area is known as the curettage (sp)or that area that the public would be expected to use to obtain permission to come on the property. One does not need a search warrant to enter this area and arrests can be made for infractions observed from this area even though no warrant has been search warrant has been issued.

Sarkazein said...

Disorderly Conduct is the miscellaneous charge. It can even cover the finger. The reports I read, this would be the reason the Officers invited Gates outside in view of the public. The TV COPS episodes, usually the first thing they do is get the person to come outside. Then they are covered by more laws because they are in view of the public (one of the reasons) even though they are still on their own property.

guy faulkes said...

Forgive the second post, but I just remembered something I wished to discuss. I just read where Mr. Obama is raising the amount of stimulus (porkulas) money that is to go to law enforcement. Do you suppose this is an attempt to use the time honored Chicago policy of trying to bribe law enforcement to back up on their comments about Mr. Obama's anti-cop statements?

Sarkazein said...

Guy Faulkes- A typical liberal, use other people's money to make-up for his mistakes.

Sarkazein said...

Now General Powell is saying Officer Crowley needed adult supervision. He first chides Gates for arguing with the police, then chides Officer Crowley for making the arrest without adult supervision. Nothing is worse than a middle of the roader.

Sarkazein said...

I take that back, comment above, neutral people are worse than middle of the roaders.

oatz said...

Powell's career is due to being a neutral person. First promoted to 4 star by Bush 1 then Secretary under Bush 2 then jumps ship for the Post-racial candidate Obama. So much for those evil racial Republicans by the way did not Lincoln abolish slavery, at least that was what was taught on the States rights Civil war during school.

Anonymous said...

You are such an ass, one does NOT turn down an invitation to the White House from the President himself. It is a GREAT honor to be invited to the People's House to see the Leader of the Free World

Sarkazein said...

Nony-

Just to mention two as of recently: Susan Boyle and Leona Lewis. Rejected a WH invite.

Sarkazein said...

Nony-
James Harrison and jason Taylor...two more turning down WH invites.

Reader said...

It's only an honor to be invited to a house, if there is an honorable person residing it.

I personally think that Crowley is man enough to hold his own. He seems like a person who doesn't back down in what he believes.

Gregg said...

As this meeting nears my hope is that in this "teachable moment" Crowley is the teacher.

Blogger said...

Two snobby Haarvard professors sitting down with one solid middle American. What a photo op.

Blogger said...

Guy, Ran across an article in which the writer was imagining the conversation this afternoon at the WH.
"Gates: Why didn't you ask the president about bowling, Mr. Crowley?

Crowley: Because the president sucks at bowling. And it's Sgt. Crowley, Dr. Gates."

Thought you would like that.

Liberal POV said...

Blogger

The GOP has a problem if in fact Obama misspoke and officer Crowley is as racially aware as most people including me believe he is some agreement will be reached at the beer summit.

Would we all agree that Mr Gates has a right to be an asshole in his own home or or be drunk if that was the case without having the police arrest him because of a mistake by a neighbor.

We also agree officer Crowley was doing his job.

Sarkazein said...

"Would we all agree that Mr Gates has a right to be an asshole in his own home or or be drunk if that was the case without having the police arrest him because of a mistake by a neighbor."-POV

No, we don't agree. The racist professor was impeding the Officer's investigation. The prof carried his disturbance into the view of the public. For instance, you can walk around in your own house with your pants down around your ankles, and your tin-foil hat on your head... no problem. But as soon as you wander out on your front porch, it is a whole new ball-game. Beside you missing the entire point, it was the Great Uniter Obama trying to be the community organizer again, further dividing our nation.
Obama misspoke?? Was he trying to say the cop wasn't a racist and he acted with wisdom, but the words didn't come out right. Misspoke... Pituie!

Liberal POV said...

Sark

Are you and fellow conservatives saying that three is no racial profiling in America and racial profiling is not a problem?

Sarkazein said...

POV- keep reading over and over until you come close to comprehending the incident. Do you even know what "racial profiling" is, or because Obama said this was is that all you need?

guy falkes said...

Are you and fellow conservatives saying that three is no racial profiling in America and racial profiling is not a problem? - POV

Of course racial profiling exists and is a problem as can easily be determined by the comments of Mr. Obama on the white police officer and the comments of Ms. Sotomayor as to Latino women and white men.

Is it not interesting that today is the day of the funeral for Border Patrol Agent Rosas and there is nothing being said about it on the news? Agent Rosas is the first Border Patrol Agnet to be murdered by being shot by illegal aliens (undocumented workers as per POV) in ten years, but it is not deemed newsworthy. Agent Rosas was of Hispanic descent, but every time someone comments about the conduct of the criminals coming to this country illegally, the race card is played about prejudice toward Hispanics. This is ridiculous. Three Chinese were caught invading this country from across the southern border. An illegal alien is a criminal (hence the word illegal) no matter what race to which he bleongs.

My prayers go out for Agent Rosas' family and the Agents of the Border Patrol.

Blogger, thank you for the comments on SARGENT Crowley. They are certainly valid.

Gregg said...

This is a very telling picture.

Sarkazein said...

Gregg- re: picture. So it looks like Gates has a snoot full again. Of course Obama is oblivious. The liberals will chastise Officer Crowley as they did President Bush for helping an elderly person.

Gregg said...

Sark,

The contrast is even more striking when you compare the two.

Sarkazein said...

Gregg-

I do long for thr days of having a grown up in Office.

Gregg said...

They said pigs would fly before we elected someone as radical and inexperienced as Obama.

Swine Flu.

Anonymous said...

Gregg

I see something totally different. Officer Crowley is being kind to the infirmed old man he arrested a few days earlier, both men caught in an issue larger than themselves. Mr Gate standing his ground as a citizens of America and Officer Crowley following procedure of a crime reported. Obama is letting the two men be pleasant to each other. His beer summit worked.

I would love to have a beer summit with Sark , Guy, Blogger, Wolf and Maybe you

Sarkazein said...

From Mous's comment it is evident Obama's obvious theatrics to cover his own miguided action does, in fact, fool some Obama sycophants. Or are they obligated to act fooled as Obama's wrong-headed actions were so apparent, and they are not quite ready to admit their Emperor has no clothes.

Gregg said...

Nonny,

To your credit your post does not mention or have anything to do with race. Neither did this incident. Wouldn't it be nice if our President's first inclination was to judge someone by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin?

Liberal POV said...

Gregg

Do you believe racial profiling is a problem in this country or that even exsist?

Gregg said...

Lib,

Obama and Gates racially profiled Sgt. Crowley so it certainly exist. The Duke lacrosse team was racially profiled and it was a problem. So yes, I think it's absolutely horrendous to assume white cops are racist with no evidence other than the color of their skin. Just despicable.

I'm glad to answer your question, hope that helps.

Gregg said...

Here's some more racial profiling for you Lib.

Liberal POV said...

GOP (Grumpy Old People )


This is leadership ( http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0802/p02s04-ussc.html

Reader said...

Greg, how many more like this gentleman, will come forward with the truth? I respect someone who tells the truth. All you guys have found some good things lately, thanks.

Sarkazein said...

POV-

The article is cover for racist community organizer Obama. A distraction from the real issue and of course you fell for it.

Sarkazein said...

POV-

In other words, if the arrest had not been commented on by Obama, there would have been no WH invitation. The meeting was a result of Obama's commentary only. If he had actually been a "leader" of the people of the United States, he would not have taken a side having a self proclaimed lack of knowledge of the situation he was commenting on.
Certainly you can admit this.

Gregg said...

Reader,

I too respect someone who tells the truth but in actuality it shouldn't be remarkable. It's the least one can do and should be the norm.

Liberal POV said...

Sark



"In other words, if the arrest had not been commented on by Obama, there would have been no WH invitation. The meeting was a result of Obama's commentary only. If he had actually been a "leader" of the people of the United States, he would not have taken a side having a self proclaimed lack of knowledge of the situation he was commenting on.
Certainly you can admit this.


I though I covered that Thur.

POV-

In other words, if the arrest had not been commented on by Obama, there would have been no WH invitation. The meeting was a result of Obama's commentary only. If he had actually been a "leader" of the people of the United States, he would not have taken a side having a self proclaimed lack of knowledge of the situation he was commenting on.
Certainly you can admit this.

Obama Fixed his mistake unlike Republicans who never make a mistake and continue to dig deeper.

That's a leader

Gregg said...

"Obama Fixed his mistake unlike Republicans who never make a mistake and continue to dig deeper." - LiberalPOV

If Obama wanted to fix the mistake he should send some love to the lady who called to report the alleged break in and is now being savaged as a racist. Or maybe the black cop on the scene that sided with Sgt. Crowley and is now being called an Uncle Tom for doing so. Obama did real damage to civil discourse and the rule of law not to mention sending the message that when there is a problem the solution is to drink beer. Beautiful.

Sarkazein said...

POV-

So in your world, a "leader" fixes his problem through subterfuge and distraction and you are OK with it?
Your "leader" only leads the gullible.

guy faulkes said...

CambridgePDPoliceReport16July2009[1].pdf