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Cambridge Police Officers Support Sgt Crowley

2009-07-28 12.40.28

Officer Kelly King, Cambridge PD

Don Lemon from CNN spoke with several police officers who, unlike President Obama, don’t believe Sgt James Crowley “acted stupidly” in the confrontation with and eventual arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.

As you might recall, Sgt. James Crowley of the Cambridge, Massachusetts Police Department was called out to a report from a neighbor that someone appeared to be breaking into Professor Gates’ home.  When Crowley arrived, he learned that it was Gates, and that Gates had apparently locked himself outside his own home.  When Crowley attempted to verify his identity (as any good cop would), Gates came unglued and claimed Crowley was a racist.  He was very uncooperative and ended up being arrested for disturbing the peace.

Without checking all the facts, President Obama said publicly later that day that the police had “acted stupidly.”  Gates is a friend and campaign contributor of Obama’s.

Late last Friday afternoon, we heard that Obama had called Crowley and “acknowledged his mistake.”   That was good and right of President Obama to do, especially after maligning Sgt Crowley and smearing the police in general, but I have yet to hear Obama publicly apologize as I heard him publicly accuse the police of “act[ing] stupidly.”

Crowley’s fellow officers who support his actions during this incident are both black and white, male and female. Unlike some others in our society, they can apparently see beyond skin color to evaluate the facts of a situation and the merits of a decision.

Kelly King, a black female officer, said there had been a rush to judgment, and that Professor Gates had thrown up a smokescreen by bringing race into this, when it had nothing to do with it. She said that she had voted for President Obama, but will not again.  She stated Obama should have said, “I support my friend but I don’t have all the facts.  I won’t weigh in yet.”

That’s fair, isn’t it?  Why was that too much to ask of the president of the United States?


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5 Responses to “Cambridge Police Officers Support Sgt Crowley”

  1. Definitely racist.!!!!!!

  2. Kelly nobody asked you who you going to vote for, but sense you want to put it out there, I hope your vote won't count or cause a dent in the election come 2012……..

  3. Kelly King comes from a Historic American Family that has worked for racial equity for generations. She is a direct descendant of Mary McCleod Bethune and niece of the late Singer/Humanitarian/Negro Spiritual Historian Joe Carter (http://speakingoffaith.publicradio.org/programs…). She is a brilliant woman and if she says that this wasn't racial profiling, then it wasn't racial profiling.

    It is important to remember that these comments were taped before Obama took any steps to reconcile with Crowley or take responsiblity for his role in igniting racial tension at the expense of a police officer who spearheaded the efforts in Cambridge to create racial profiling prohibitions and policies. Officer King spoke in a very specific context and may have changed her mind about Obama since her comments. Either way that is her right as a Free American.

    She carries on the good work of her family in racial reconciliation as a police officer- challenging America to judge a man by his actions and character rather than the color of his skin- and she applied these treasured American and family principles both to Crowley and Obama alike.

    What is most disappointing is that the nation is focused on whether or not she will vote for Obama again- and we have lost sight of everything else Officer King spoke about which inspires all of us to the noble goals of racial reconciliation.

    The attacks from the Black Community and Black Media that abound against her are misplaced This misplaced priority is shared with the White Media- namely the primary concern has been over her dissatisfaction with Obama and the possiblity that she may not vote for him again- while ignoring the true nature of her comments and motivation. Who she may vote for is the very least of what she communicated.

    To ignore the great ideals of the brotherhood and sisterhood of humankind she models for us and calls us to makes us a part of the problem, not the solution to racial tensions in America.

  4. Kelly King comes from a Historic American Family that has worked for racial equity for generations. She is a direct descendant of Mary McCleod Bethune and niece of the late Singer/Humanitarian/Negro Spiritual Historian Joe Carter (http://speakingoffaith.publicradio.org/programs…). She is a brilliant woman and if she says that this wasn't racial profiling, then it wasn't racial profiling.

    It is important to remember that these comments were taped before Obama took any steps to reconcile with Crowley or take responsiblity for his role in igniting racial tension at the expense of a police officer who spearheaded the efforts in Cambridge to create racial profiling prohibitions and policies. Officer King spoke in a very specific context and may have changed her mind about Obama since her comments. Either way that is her right as a Free American.

    She carries on the good work of her family in racial reconciliation as a police officer- challenging America to judge a man by his actions and character rather than the color of his skin- and she applied these treasured American and family principles both to Crowley and Obama alike.

    What is most disappointing is that the nation is focused on whether or not she will vote for Obama again- and we have lost sight of everything else Officer King spoke about which inspires all of us to the noble goals of racial reconciliation.

    The attacks from the Black Community and Black Media that abound against her are misplaced This misplaced priority is shared with the White Media- namely the primary concern has been over her dissatisfaction with Obama and the possiblity that she may not vote for him again- while ignoring the true nature of her comments and motivation. Who she may vote for is the very least of what she communicated.

    To ignore the great ideals of the brotherhood and sisterhood of humankind she models for us and calls us to makes us a part of the problem, not the solution to racial tensions in America.