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
Cops Release Gates Arrest Tapes
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.”
(Read more Henry Louis Gates Jr stories.)

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