Also in regards to the statute. Massachusetts general law 272 defines a disorderly person as one who:
with purpose to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or
recklessly creates a risk thereof
engages in fighting or threatening, violent or tumultuous behavior, or
creates a hazard or physically offensive condition by any act which serves no legitimate purpose.
Now 1. There was no public inconvenience as the argument took place inside his home. Crowley took it outside when he told Gates if he wanted Crowleys name and badge number he would come outside.
2. There was no reckless risk created
3. He did not fight or theaten the officer to cause harm to the officer.
4. There was no hazard or physically offensive condition. He did not fight or hit the officer or anyone else.