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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.