The arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr.

The arrest of Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates on July 16 by Cambridge Police Sergeant James Crowley after a citizen called to report a possible break-in at Gates' home has stirred a national debate over racial profiling, causing even President Obama to weigh-in.
The arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (AP)
Gates talks about his arrest
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The arrest report
About Gates

The arrest

Harvard professor Gates
arrested at his Cambridge home

The controversy began when Henry Louis Gates Jr., one of the nation's pre-eminent African-American scholars, was arrested at his home by Cambridge police investigating a possible break-in. (Boston Globe, 7/20/09)

President Obama's involvement

Obama scolds Cambridge police

President Obama, weighing in on the arrest, said police “acted stupidly,’’ a charge that would invite criticism and put him on the defensive. (Boston Globe , 7/23/09)

The police response

James Crowley

Police chief defends officer

Coming to the defense of arresting officer Sergeant James Crowley (left), Cambridge's police commissioner said that Gates's house had been broken into previously. (Boston Globe, 7/23/09)

The meeting

A taste of what’s to come

A taste of what’s to come

A meeting over beers on the White House patio appeared to achieve the president’s goal of encouraging a deeper dialogue on race. (Globe, 7/31/09)

An officer suspended

Boston officer suspended after racially charged e-mail

Boston officer suspended after racially charged e-mail

Boston police officer Justin Barrett has been suspended after allegedly writing a racially charged e-mail about Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. to The Boston Globe and colleagues at the National Guard, a law enforcement official said. (Boston Globe, 7/30/09)



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