Harvard Scholar Arrested at Mass. Home

'This is what happens to black men in America': Gates to cop
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2009 1:50 PM CDT
Historian Henry Louis Gates Jr., is seen during an interview in his home in Cambridge, Mass., Friday, Jan. 18, 2008.    (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
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(Newser) – A prominent Harvard scholar was arrested last week outside his Cambridge, Mass., home and charged with disorderly conduct after “exhibiting loud and tumultuous behavior,” the Harvard Crimson reports. Henry Louis Gates, a renowned professor of African-American studies, was trying to get into the locked house when a neighbor called the police. The officers who made the arrest said Gates did not respond when they demanded he identify himself.

According to the police report, Gates then called an officer a racist and said, “This is what happens to black men in America,” the AP adds.