Cops Release Gates Arrest Tapes

Officer calls for more cars; 911 caller unsure on men's race

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 27, 2009 1:00 PM CDT

(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.”

This 1997 file photo released by Harvard University shows professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., on the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Mass.
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)
In this photo taken by a neighbor Thursday July 16, 2009, professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. center, is arrested at his home in Cambridge, Mass.
In this photo taken by a neighbor Thursday July 16, 2009, professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. center, is arrested at his home in Cambridge, Mass.   (AP Photo/Demotix Images, B. Carter)
Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley speaks with members of the media at his home in Natick, Mass., Wednesday, July 22, 2009.
Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley speaks with members of the media at his home in Natick, Mass., Wednesday, July 22, 2009.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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