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    dark daze, mallyroyal

    if I'd been having trouble with my lock, and had to break into my own home, I should not be surprised, upset, or offended should a concerned neighbor call police. On the contrary, I'd want the neighbors and cops to err on the side of caution, and when the cops arrived, I'd be sure to be very polite and compliant in the act of identifying myself and showing proof of residence.

    I don't care to pass judgment on either Gates or Crowley as I was not present at the scene and all I have to go on are third and fourth hand accounts of the incident, but, from what I've heard, it sounds like they were both jerks. I still can't figure out who was a jerk first, but it does'nt matter--it is not and should not be an arrestable offense to act pissy at a cop (no matter how right or wrong you may be for getting pissed) and Crowley overstepped and abused his authority in arresting Gates. Once he confirmed Gates' identity and residence, it was up to him to leave. Period.

    Al Qeada is a faith-based initiative.

    by drewfromct on Wed Jul 29, 2009 at 10:13:04 AM PDT

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