Cops Release Gates Arrest Tapes
Officer calls for more cars; 911 caller unsure on men's race
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 27, 2009 1:00 PM CDT
This 1997 file photo released by Harvard University shows professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., on the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Mass.    (AP Photo/Jane Reed, File)

(Newser) – In audio from the arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr, released today by Cambridge police, the arresting officer tells the dispatcher to “keep the cars coming” as he faces an “uncooperative” suspect, the Boston Herald reports. An earlier tape reveals the 911 call in the case, in which a Harvard magazine employee says another woman “had noticed two gentlemen” who “kind of had to barge in.” She notes, "They have suitcases."

Lucia Whalen adds that she’s “not sure if these are two individuals who actually live there.” Responding to the dispatcher’s question over whether the men are “white, black, or Hispanic,” Whalen says “One looked kinda Hispanic, but I'm not really sure,” WBZ reports. She notes that she saw them “from a distance.” The police commissioner said today at a press conference that the “tapes will speak for themselves.”

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Jul 30, 2009 2:02 AM CDT
Wow, this conversation has gone full circle like 5 times.
Jul 29, 2009 9:03 AM CDT
This is ridiculous.....when you are describing someones physical features color is relevant and just blc you describe it does NOT make you a racist. If I see people regardless of color, trying to get into a house and they look suspect i would call the cops. Why is it always a race issue. Is the lesson here you can only call if the person is white blc if they are off a different race you are a racist. Maybe people should never report crime unless the person committing it is careful blc if they are ethnic or black and you report it, even if your reason is valid, you are a racist. What a joke
Jul 29, 2009 7:06 AM CDT
Not to mention that the tapes don't back-up Crowley, as there was no mention of a nationality of the men until asked by the dispatacher and the woman replied she didn't know and thought they were Hispanic. This is a story of two bruised egos, nothing more, not a race issue