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Gates caller says she didn’t cite race
Woman laments media accounts
By John R. Ellement and Matt Collette, Globe Staff | Globe Correspondent | July 27, 2009

The woman whose report of a possible house break-in led to the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. said she never mentioned race during her 911 call and is “personally devastated’’ by media accounts that suggest she placed the call because the men she observed on the porch were black, according to a lawyer acting as her spokeswoman.

The woman, identified in a police report on file in Cambridge District Court as 40-year-old Lucia Whalen, saw the backs of both men and did not know their race when she called 911, said Wendy J. Murphy, a Boston lawyer from New England School of Law. Whalen phoned police, Murphy said, because she was aware of recent break-ins in the area.

In an interview last night, Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert C. Haas said it was ac curate that Whalen did not mention race in her 911 call. He acknowledged that a police report of the incident did include a race reference. The report says Whalen observed “what appeared to be two black males with backpacks on the front porch’’ of a Ware Street home on July 16.

That reference is there, said Haas, because the police report is a summary. Its descriptions - like the race of the two men - were collected during the inquiry, not necessarily from the initial 911 call, he said.

The events of July 16 - when Gates was arrested at his home for disorderly conduct by Police Sergeant James Crowley, who responded to the 911 call - remain a matter of discussion, even as both sides seek to put the issue to rest. Tapes made during the incident may illuminate some of what happened.

Hass said yesterday that he expects some version of the tapes to be released in the next few days.

Race has become the central concern in what began as a report of a possible break-in. Whalen, walking from her office nearby, grew suspicious when she saw two men trying to force open the door of the home, according to the report.

The two men turned out to be Gates, who was unable to open his front door, and his driver, who assisted Gates in opening the door and left.

“People are making their own judgments about the case and assuming that she called police because they were black,’’ Murphy said yesterday in a telephone interview. “That sentiment is permeating the stories, and it ties directly to her involvement, even though the truth is she didn’t report seeing black men and she didn’t know the men’s race when she called 911.’’

In an interview at police headquarters last night, Haas said “it was very clear that she wasn’t sure’’ what the men’s race was. He also said that when the dispatcher questioned Whalen for more details, she told police she could only guess about the race of the two men. “She speculated . . . that one might be Hispanic.’’

Haas, who learned about Whalen’s statement from a Globe reporter yesterday, said last night that he could not immediately pin down the point in time when the race of the men became known to the officers.

Gates later suggested that his arrest on disorderly conduct charges was because he is black. Crowley, the officer who made the arrest after the two exchanged words, has maintained that race was not a factor. The disorderly conduct charges were dropped, but not before the incident garnered worldwide attention.

President Obama waded into the conflict last week, saying Cambridge police “acted stupidly’’ in arresting Gates, and noting that black and Hispanic men are still arrested disproportionately. He later initiated an effort at conciliation, with Gates and Crowley planning to meet the president at the White House to talk it out over beers.

Haas yesterday also said he shares Gates’s view that it is time for his department, the city, and the nation to move on from the incident while still searching for the teachable moment.

“July 16 is a painful moment for all of us,’’ the commissioner said. “We need to move on. If we focus back on July 16, we are not going to make any progress.’’

Haas said he won’t be in the White House when Gates, Crowley, and the president gather for their beers - and he is fine with that.

“I haven’t been invited,’’ Haas said. “I think the president has much heavier issues on his mind, not that this isn’t important.’’

Haas called the conciliatory statements Obama made Friday “extremely gracious.’’

Crowley is expected to return to work today, according to the commissioner, who said he stands by the sergeant. He considered Crowley a “stellar officer’’ before July 16 and that assessment, he said, “hasn’t changed.’’

Haas said he wants the city to quickly release transcripts and tapes of the 911 calls and of the officers as they were on the scene at Gates’s house.

“It would help us a lot if the tapes could get released,’’ Haas said, adding that the decision is being made by the city’s lawyers and manager, not his department.

One issue that has slowed down the release, he said, is concern over Whalen’s privacy rights, given that her 911 call would be played by the media nationwide. He said some form of the calls will be released - possibly just transcripts - in the next few days.

But Murphy said her client backs having the 911 tapes released immediately.

“She has no objection,’’ Murphy said.

“The police concern is legitimate because it comes from her initial concern they not release her name. But since that couldn’t be done, her concern about privacy has passed.’’

Whalen has for more than 15 years worked for Harvard in an office about 100 yards from Gates’s home, according to Murphy. “For her to be characterized as the racist spark that fueled the fire is just utterly, 100 percent wrong,’’ Murphy said.

The Globe was unable to reach Whalen yesterday. Murphy said her client did not want to speak to the media.


Obama will meet parties over a beer in 'near future'
President Obama, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Cambridge police Sergeant James Crowley - who last week became entangled in a race-related spat - are set to sit down for a beer in the “near future,’’ White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said yesterday in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.’’

And perhaps those drinks will do what countless news reports and press conferences and stakeouts could not do: Bring closure to an encounter between Crowley and Gates at the professor’s home July 16 that turned into a race-tinged firestorm.

Crowley did not return a telephone message left last night, but he is reportedly a fan of Blue Moon, a Belgian-inspired brew manufactured by Coors (that’s what the New York Daily News reported he was drinking during lunch Friday at Tommy Doyle’s Irish Pub in Kendall Square, when he got a call from Obama). Obama hasn’t weighed in on his choice.

Gates was in Los Angeles yesterday filming his new PBS series on immigration and is expected to arrive on Martha’s Vineyard today - unless he ends up at the White House for those beers with Obama and Crowley.

“I look forward to meeting Sgt. Crowley under more pleasant circumstances, and having that beer,’’ Gates told the Globe yesterday in an e-mail, saying a date has not been set. He said he’s partial to Red Stripe and Beck’s. He may not get his pick, as they are foreign beers, which are not stocked at the White House, under a tradition dating to the Johnson administration
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The woman, identified in a police report on file in Cambridge District Court as 40-year-old Lucia Whalen, saw the backs of both men and did not know their race when she called 911, said Wendy J. Murphy, a Boston lawyer from New England School of Law. Whalen phoned police, Murphy said, because she was aware of recent break-ins in the area.


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Somebody's lying.

It's either this lady Lucia Whalen, Police officer Crowley, Dr. Gates, the 911 dispatcher or the Cambridge Police Department about the real, accurate and true facts about this incident.

Dr. Gates, IMO, was obviously wronged in this situation but it seems that maybe, just maybe one person is telling the truth and the rest are lying and no one wants to tell the real truth becuase it will leave a negative lifetime mark on that individual or the Cambridge Police Dept.

And once this political "beer meeting" at the WH with President Obama gets underway (Obama should have not agreed to this IMO), this will become another "let's all get along" cum by ya, "problem under the rug" media drenched, keep the White folk happy, rhetoric talking points moment with no real conservtion and/or solutions to this serious African American problem and as usual, life goes on with Whites once again getting completely off the hook for any and everything they cause while Blacks and other minorities continue getting police profiled, investigated & harassed everyday, on cue, across this nation.

Does someone (or maybe someone already has) have to get killed during a police profile traffic stop to make this a priority?

The WH end result: The real truth will take a back seat to politics, the truth will not even matter and this incident will never be investigated or truthfully told as to what actually went down and happened inside Dr. Gates's home.

Whites want to keep this thing muddled and in continious media spin mode to deflect direct blame on themselves.

As as we all know, after the WH beer meeting, racial profiling will happen over and over, again and again and again...........so this meeting may be pointless and rather embrassing when racial profiling does happen after the fact so hopefully common sense will be exercised.

If not, nothing changes. bang
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Originally posted by negrospiritual:
so what?

I haven't seen too many accounts where she was criticized at all for making the call. I don't see where this admission has any bearing on Dr. Gates unnecessary arrest.



So what?? If there was no race cited in the 911 call, how is it racial profiling??


Since when is a concerned member of the public the same as a law enforcement officer? And what would that have to do with the officer's actions when he arrived on the scene? Even the president agreed that it's appropriate for concerned neighbors to contact law enforcement. That was never the issue.
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Originally posted by negrospiritual:
so what?

I haven't seen too many accounts where she was criticized at all for making the call. I don't see where this admission has any bearing on Dr. Gates unnecessary arrest.


So what?? If there was no race cited in the 911 call, how is it racial profiling??


It hasn't been proven that no race was cited...

I'll wait to hear the 911 call before I believe this woman or your take on the matter.

And, as pointed out....NONE of that has anything to do with what happened once the police got there.
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Originally posted by Fabulous:
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Originally posted by nuggyt:
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Originally posted by negrospiritual:
so what?

I haven't seen too many accounts where she was criticized at all for making the call. I don't see where this admission has any bearing on Dr. Gates unnecessary arrest.


So what?? If there was no race cited in the 911 call, how is it racial profiling??


It hasn't been proven that no race was cited...

I'll wait to hear the 911 call before I believe this woman or your take on the matter.


So, let me get it straight. This woman and her lawyer are going to lie about what was said even though all 911 calls are not only recorded audibly but also in text?? The reliability of the Gates cat's version lie only in the fact that he says so. But, this woman and her lawyer are obviously lying, as well as the police officer.
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Originally posted by nuggyt:
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Originally posted by Fabulous:
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Originally posted by nuggyt:
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Originally posted by negrospiritual:
so what?

I haven't seen too many accounts where she was criticized at all for making the call. I don't see where this admission has any bearing on Dr. Gates unnecessary arrest.


So what?? If there was no race cited in the 911 call, how is it racial profiling??


It hasn't been proven that no race was cited...

I'll wait to hear the 911 call before I believe this woman or your take on the matter.


So, let me get it straight. This woman and her lawyer are going to lie about what was said even though all 911 calls are not only recorded audibly but also in text?? The reliability of the Gates cat's version lie only in the fact that he says so. But, this woman and her lawyer are obviously lying, as well as the police officer.



Why would the content of her 911 call be relevant to Dr. Gates' subsequent arrest without having committed a crime?
The 911 call is relevant because this woman has been accused of racial proling as well as the police being accused of the same. If the race wasn't known until the police arrived on the scene, profiling does not apply. As far as not committing a crime, Gates was arrested for disorderly conduct, that is exactly what he displayed.
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The 911 call is relevant because this woman has been accused of racial proling as well as the police being accused of the same. If the race wasn't known until the police arrived on the scene, profiling does not apply. As far as not committing a crime, Gates was arrested for disorderly conduct, that is exactly what he displayed.


I haven't seen any articles or heard any clips where Dr. Gates or the president, or organization has accused the neighbor of anything inappropriate.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONL: Definition of Racial Profiling

"Racial profiling occurs when race is used by law enforcement or private security officials, to any degree, as a basis for criminal suspicion in non-suspect specific investigations. Discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, nationality or on any other particular identity undermines the basic human rights and freedoms to which every person is entitled."

The neighbor is not a member of law enforcement. IMHO the content of her call is meaningless, since it was the officer's actions in question and the neighbor has nothing to do with that.

It was not necessary for her to "come forth" with this tidbit of information since Dr. Gates has not accused her of anything.
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Originally posted by Fabulous:
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Originally posted by nuggyt:
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Originally posted by negrospiritual:
so what?

I haven't seen too many accounts where she was criticized at all for making the call. I don't see where this admission has any bearing on Dr. Gates unnecessary arrest.


So what?? If there was no race cited in the 911 call, how is it racial profiling??


It hasn't been proven that no race was cited...

I'll wait to hear the 911 call before I believe this woman or your take on the matter.


So, let me get it straight. This woman and her lawyer are going to lie about what was said even though all 911 calls are not only recorded audibly but also in text?? The reliability of the Gates cat's version lie only in the fact that he says so. But, this woman and her lawyer are obviously lying, as well as the police officer.


Police officers have been KNOWN to lie on police reports (& white women LIE on black men all the time)... I realize this is a stretch for you because they're white (I know you LOVE your ppl)....but

have you heard the 911 call or read the text? Please provide a link or a source.

I'm less trusting of white folk....EVEN THOUGH the 911 call has absolutely NOTHING to do with what ensued following.
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Originally posted by nuggyt:

As far as not committing a crime, Gates was arrested for disorderly conduct, that is exactly what he displayed.


Officers are required to give their badge/ID numbers. Officer Crowley refused to do so. When Gates followed him out the door of his own residence and demanded that he produce this information he was arrested. This is not disorderly conduct, and as a result, the charges were dropped.
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Originally posted by negrospiritual:
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Originally posted by nuggyt:

As far as not committing a crime, Gates was arrested for disorderly conduct, that is exactly what he displayed.


Officers are required to give their badge/ID numbers. Officer Crowley refused to do so. When Gates followed him out the door of his own residence and demanded that he produce this information he was arrested. This is not disorderly conduct, and as a result, the charges were dropped.


appl Excellent point! tfro
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Originally posted by negrospiritual:
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Originally posted by nuggyt:

As far as not committing a crime, Gates was arrested for disorderly conduct, that is exactly what he displayed.


Officers are required to give their badge/ID numbers. Officer Crowley refused to do so. When Gates followed him out the door of his own residence and demanded that he produce this information he was arrested. This is not disorderly conduct, and as a result, the charges were dropped.


Gates said the officer refused to do so, the officer said that he did. Is it at least a remote possibility that Gates is lying??
Quote from Fabulous: "I'm less trusting of white folk....EVEN THOUGH the 911 call has absolutely NOTHING to do with what ensued following."

Fab, maybe the 911 call did have something to do with it.

The initial call from the neighbor to 911 dispatch telling what she saw even if did not she mentioned the race of the men could have AUTOMATICALLY prompted in the 911 dispatcher's mind that they were Black and when 911 radioed Officer Crowley and gave the code and location of the incident the dispatcher may have mentioned that the men were Black OR even if 911 did not say the word "Black", Officer Crowley AUTOMATICALLY in his mind (since he is a so-called "expert" in racial profiling and diversity) pre-determined that this situation will involve Blacks well before he arrived at Dr. Gates' house.

And when Officer Crowley arrived, in his mind, he was ready to deal criminally with Black or Hispanic people.

Isn't that what racial profiling, researching and it's statistics is all about? The means of training a police officer's pre-determined mindset & judgemental assessment of what a situation may or who may be involved well before the encounter?

And once the arrest was made and Dr. Gates was booked, the police report and police department reflected negatively towards Gates.

The charges were dropped but the "possible doctored facts of the arrest, the administrative police report" the mentatility physical and verbal agreements of the policeman's "Blue Wall Of Silence" and the MSM spin, remain.

To me it like saying that "you are the best employee that we have and we can count on you to perform your job without question and very little supervision but as an employee, you are not socially engaging and not a team player."

In other words, we don't know you and we don't trust you and in order to be a member of "the club" White folk need those two attributes. They will still lie on you but maybe, just a little less.

I'll bet the Cambridge Police Dept stats and percentages on racial profiling coupled with incidents in that neighborhood are probably skewed towards majority criminal African American and Hispanic related situations.

Like you previously stated: "Police officers have been KNOWN to lie on police reports (& white women LIE on black men all the time)..."

DNA evidence continues to overturn prison sentences against African Americans everyday because Whites civilians and police lied.

This could be the case.

The bottom line: The wagons are circling, code talk is in full effect and Whites want this to fall completely on the two Black men in this drama: Dr. Gates for, in their minds "acting Black" and President Obama for, in their minds, "being Black", getting involved, accessing the situation accurately and calling Whites stupid.
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Tape: Cop called Gates uncooperative
Released dispatch recording shows sergeant wanted more backup.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32...s-race_and_ethnicity

The segment in the article that gets me is this:

"Sgt. James Crowley said he was with a man who claims to live in the house and with identification showing he was Gates. Crowley said the man was not cooperating and told the dispatcher to "keep the cars coming."

"Keep the cars comimg"? Roll Eyes

Really?
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The arrest of Henry Louis Gates

"On July 16, 2009, Gates had just returned from a trip to China, where he had finished filming a new documentary series for PBS tracing the ancestry of cellist Yo-Yo Ma.[9] As the front door of his home would not open, Gates entered through his back door. He could not, however, open the front door from the inside, even after unlatching it. Gates states that the lock was damaged and speculated that someone had attempted to "jimmy" the lock while he was away. Gates went back outside and, with help from his driver, forced the door open. Since he rents the house from Harvard University, he next called Harvard maintenance to report the problem so they would repair the damage.[10]

According to the police report, the caller notified police after observing two males with backpacks on the front porch, one of whom wedging his shoulder into the door as though to force entry.[11][1] While the police report mentioned the race of the suspects as a summary of information available at the time, the initial caller was unsure what race the men were as she had only seen their backs. When asked for details by the dispatcher, the caller speculated that one of the men might be Hispanic.[12]

After the driver had departed, and while Gates was on the phone with Harvard maintenance, the Cambridge police arrived.[10] There are two published accounts of the subsequent events which led to the arrest of Gates—one in the police report[1] and the other in an interview with Gates:[10]

According to the police report, the officer asked Gates to step outside, and he refused, saying "Why, because I'm a black man in America?" and "I'll speak with your mama outside".[13] The police also said that Gates initially refused to provide ID, ultimately showing his Harvard ID. The officer wrote in the police report "Gates continued to yell at me, accusing me of racial bias and continued to tell me that I had not heard the last of him".[14]

According to Gates's version of events, when the officer asked for ID, Gates replied he had to get it inside, and then officer Crowley followed him into his home without permission.[15] After providing his Harvard ID and his driver's license, Gates repeatedly asked the officer for his name and badge number, which the officer would not provide, instead telling Gates to step outside his home. Gates said that after handing over the two sets of ID, he followed the officer (Crowley) from inside his house onto his front porch, where the officer was able to arrest him for "disorderly conduct" in public.[11]

Gates was arrested by Officer Crowley and charged with disorderly conduct[16]. The charges were later dropped by the Middlesex County district attorney's office, upon the recommendation of the city of Cambridge and the Cambridge Police Department. The incident was referred to by authorities as "regrettable and unfortunate;" [17] Officer Crowley said he would not apologize for his actions.[18]"
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Originally posted by Cholly:

"Sgt. James Crowley said he was with a man who claims to live in the house and with identification showing he was Gates. Crowley said the man was not cooperating and told the dispatcher to "keep the cars coming."

"Keep the cars comimg"? Roll Eyes

Really?


How was he "not cooperating" if he showed identification that proved who he was? Confused
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Originally posted by negrospiritual:
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Originally posted by Cholly:

"Sgt. James Crowley said he was with a man who claims to live in the house and with identification showing he was Gates. Crowley said the man was not cooperating and told the dispatcher to "keep the cars coming."

"Keep the cars comimg"? Roll Eyes

Really?


How was he "not cooperating" if he showed identification that proved who he was? Confused


So in essence, Skip Gates was "cooperating" when he showed ID that he lived there but "not cooperating" when he asked for Officer Crowley's badge and ID number and when Crowley refused by remaining slient, Gates then stated and I'm paraphrasing, "Why are you doing this? Is the reason why is because you are a White man and I am a Black man?

Then Crowley either asked Gates to step outside the interior of the house or if/when Gates followed him outside on the porch probably demanding the same (badge & ID) or just continuning his rant, Crowley, knowingly, then had grounds to arrest Gates for "disorderly conduct"?

This talking about your momma thing? 19 I don't buy that bullshit at all. Besides, be a professional Crowley! td6

Prez Obama, have the beer meeting that Crowley wants but allow all the lies and misstatemets from Crowley & the police dept to come out first and reveal the real truth before this idiot arrives at the WH so he can have all the eggs smeared all over his face. That way, all police across this nation will be suspect of this apparent "crime" against all Blacks & minorities. tfro

Also nuggyt, FYI, according to CNN at 3:00 pm, they obtained a copy of the police report and it stated that the initial 911 call did not mention race but when the police arrived and asked the lady again before they went to Gate's house, then she mentioned the fact that there were two Black men.

Also according to CNN, the caller (Laura Whalen) of the 911 call was not the woman who actually witnessed the two men but it was another lady who witnessed it and told her to call 911.
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Fab, maybe the 911 call did have something to do with it.

The initial call from the neighbor to 911 dispatch telling what she saw even if did not she mentioned the race of the men could have AUTOMATICALLY prompted in the 911 dispatcher's mind that they were Black and when 911 radioed Officer Crowley and gave the code and location of the incident the dispatcher may have mentioned that the men were Black OR even if 911 did not say the word "Black", Officer Crowley AUTOMATICALLY in his mind (since he is a so-called "expert" in racial profiling and diversity) pre-determined that this situation will involve Blacks well before he arrived at Dr. Gates' house.


Good point.

I'd like to hear the recorded conversation between dispatch & Crowley...& all other officers who responded to the call.
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Fab, maybe the 911 call did have something to do with it.

The initial call from the neighbor to 911 dispatch telling what she saw even if did not she mentioned the race of the men could have AUTOMATICALLY prompted in the 911 dispatcher's mind that they were Black and when 911 radioed Officer Crowley and gave the code and location of the incident the dispatcher may have mentioned that the men were Black OR even if 911 did not say the word "Black", Officer Crowley AUTOMATICALLY in his mind (since he is a so-called "expert" in racial profiling and diversity) pre-determined that this situation will involve Blacks well before he arrived at Dr. Gates' house.


Good point.

I'd like to hear the recorded conversation between dispatch & Crowley...& all other officers who responded to the call.


The audio of both the 911 call and the conversation between Crowley and the dispatcher is here.
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Originally posted by Fabulous:
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Fab, maybe the 911 call did have something to do with it.

The initial call from the neighbor to 911 dispatch telling what she saw even if did not she mentioned the race of the men could have AUTOMATICALLY prompted in the 911 dispatcher's mind that they were Black and when 911 radioed Officer Crowley and gave the code and location of the incident the dispatcher may have mentioned that the men were Black OR even if 911 did not say the word "Black", Officer Crowley AUTOMATICALLY in his mind (since he is a so-called "expert" in racial profiling and diversity) pre-determined that this situation will involve Blacks well before he arrived at Dr. Gates' house.


Good point.

I'd like to hear the recorded conversation between dispatch & Crowley...& all other officers who responded to the call.


The audio of both the 911 call and the conversation between Crowley and the dispatcher is here.


thank you Malik Smile....

I noticed the officers (at a point) switched over to channel 2 ...

this tells me

there's another recorded conversation.

Normally, police officers will switch to another channel to speak more freely or to keep the main frequency open for other calls.

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