Report by second officer at the scene
I had not realized that in the same pdf file that contains Sgt. Crowley’s report, there is also a report by Sgt. Carlos Figueroa, who arrived at the Gates house shortly after Crowley. Notice the difference between the “Narratives” of the police officers and the supposed “white racist narrative” that, according to Gates, led Crowley to believe that a black man must be a criminal.
NarrativeLet’s underscore two things. Gates, according to Figueroa, in a report written the day of the arrest, was shouting. Shouting what? That Crowley was a racist police officer. Exactly as Crowley said in his report. Yet ever since the arrest Gates has told the world that he was not shouting and that he couldn’t have shouted because he had a bronchial infection. Second, Officer Figueroa provides a striking new detail that Crowley omitted, that when Gates was shouting on his porch, prior to the arrest, he was directing his yells at the passersby in the neighborhood who were apparently gathered in front of his house. Meaning that he was trying to create an incident, trying to create as much disruption and as much trouble for the police as possible. And then recall that “Dave,” a reader whose comment National Review Online saw fit to post (I wasn’t aware ‘till now that NRO posts readers’ comments) said in reply to me that it was no more right to arrest Gates for carrying on as he did, than it would be to arrest a man for yelling at neighborhood kids to get off his lawn. To repeat, NRO, a site that normally (or so I thought) does not post readers’ comments, posted a comment by a reader saying that that Gates’s behavior toward Officer Crowley was the moral/legal equivalent of a man chastising misbehaving children.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at July 23, 2009 01:32 AM | Send