Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Officer and Professor Faulted for Confrontation at Home

Source: NYT, 7-1-10

The Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and the Cambridge police sergeant who arrested him last July missed opportunities to “ratchet down” an avoidable confrontation that set off a national debate on race, class and policing, according to a report released Wednesday by an independent panel.

Stephan Savoia/Associated Press

Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr. challenged a police sergeant.

“The committee believes that the incident was sparked by misunderstandings and failed communications between the two men,” said the report, titled “Missed Opportunities, Shared Responsibilities.”

It was written by the Cambridge Review Committee, a 12-member group of law enforcement officials, community members and experts on race relations and conflict resolution that was convened in September to review the arrest of Professor Gates and make recommendations to the police on issues of race and police authority….READ MORE

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