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  •  He had already gotten into his house. (2+ / 0-)
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    rmx2630, Cynic in seattle

    Really, the cop should have said, "so sorry to have bothered you sir.  Have a nice day," and left.  Job done, no crime here, move on.

    •  Under no circumstances (0+ / 0-)

      would I call some engaged in vilifying me 'sir'.  I would call him by his name with appropriate title (ie. Professor Gates) but he has forfeited the right to expect me to address him as 'sir'.

      Best Wishes, Demena Left/Right: -8.38; Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.36

      by Demena on Mon Jul 27, 2009 at 11:47:38 PM PDT

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      •  He was on the clock. (0+ / 0-)

        He was at work.  That would have been the appropriate response.  When dealing with the public is part of your job, it is also part of your job to be polite and walk away at times.  Given that he had just accused a 50-something man with a cane of breaking and entering into his own house, a "sir" would have been the least he could have come up with.  One person was in his house minding his own business, the other was doing his job.  Who had the obligation to be polite?

        •  Oh, right... (2+ / 0-)
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          rockhound, Darmok

          "Accused".  Yeah terrific.  You know what that tells me?  You are prepared to lie to maintain your point of view.  You are prepared to believe your own lies to.

          Not even Gates claims he was "accused" of anything, merely asked.

          Who had the obligation to be polite?  Every civilised human being on the planet.

          Best Wishes, Demena Left/Right: -8.38; Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.36

          by Demena on Tue Jul 28, 2009 at 12:26:21 AM PDT

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    •  But at this point the man was still refusing to (0+ / 0-)

      provide ID. The Harvard ID he did provide had to be verified, and when the cop stepped outside to make the call Gates began a scene outside, trying to yell at the police through the cop's equipment.

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