Commish gets the last word on Gates affair

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Henry Louis Gates, director of Harvard University's W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research, accused the Cambridge police of racism after he was arrested while trying to force open the front door of his home. The police said he "exhibited loud and tumultuous behaviour" Gates shouted to a police officer "this is what happens to a black men in America," according to a police report.

Can't say I'm surprised about the just-released results of the investigation into the confrontation between Harvard Prof. Henry Louis Gates and Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley. The report concludes that both men equally contributed to the escalation of tensions at Gates' home when Crowley, summoned via a 9-1-1 call, checked to see what Gates was up to.

But I was startled to see that our very own police commissioner, Charles Ramsey, was among the 12 panelists who investigated Gates' claim of racism in the incident. Who knew?

Ramsey, according to USA Today, "said there is 'nothing to suggest' that race drove this."

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