Sgt James Crowley: Is Cop That Arrested Gates A Profiling Expert?
Sgt. James Crowley, a 42-year-old police officer with the Cambridge Police Department, arrested prominent black scholar and Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. outside his home on July 16 and charged Gates with "disorderly conduct".
The charges against Gates have been dropped, but James Crowley is now facing accusations of racial profiling amidst a firestorm of controversy that has erupted over the case.
But Crowley's defenders are now arguing that he is "a principled cop and family man who is being unfairly described as racist".
As apparent proof of his lack of bias and even-handed judgment, a story published Thursday by the Associated Press, indicates that Crowley may have even been "hand-picked" to teach his fellow officers and new recruits "about avoiding racial profiling".
For his part, Henry Louis Gates Jr. has stood by his belief that Crowley acted like "an unyielding, race-baiting authoritarian" and is a "rogue cop".
Crowley was further criticized by President Obama who not only sympathized with Gates but stated on Wednesday that the police officer "acted stupidly" in his handling of the case.
But James Crowley has refused to apologize.
As the public begins to take sides on this hot button issue, what is your perspective on James Crowley and his actions? Was Gates a victim of racial profiling?
Friends and fellow officers — black and white — say Sgt. James Crowley is a principled cop and family man who is being unfairly described as racist.
"If people are looking for a guy who's abusive or arrogant, they got the wrong guy," said Andy Meyer, of Natick, who has vacationed with Crowley, coached youth sports with him and is his teammate on a men's softball team. "This is not a racist, rogue cop. This is a fine, upstanding man. And if every cop in the world were like him, it would be a better place."
Gates accused the 11-year department veteran of being an unyielding, race-baiting authoritarian after Crowley arrested and charged him with disorderly conduct last week.