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    Obama Defends Criticism of Cambridge Police in Arrest of Gates

    Obama Defends Cambridge Police Criticism in Henry Louis Gates Arrest - ABC News

    "I have to say I am surprised by the controversy surrounding my statement, because I think it was a pretty straightforward commentary that you probably don't need to handcuff a guy, a middle-aged man who uses a cane, who's in his own home," Obama said.
    Something else to add to the extensive list of things about which Dear Leader knows nothing: standard police procedure.

    When the police arrest someone, they put them in handcuffs. I do believe it's required in most municipalities.

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    Re: Obama Defends Criticism of Cambridge Police in Arrest of Gates

    And the parts about him saying he didn't actually know the facts of the situation, or that his own Secret Service would shoot him outside the White House because he's black?
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    Re: Obama Defends Criticism of Cambridge Police in Arrest of Gates

    Foot in mouth again
    He needs to shush and let the police do their job


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    Re: Obama Defends Criticism of Cambridge Police in Arrest of Gates

    Quote Originally Posted by Harshaw View Post
    And the parts about him saying he didn't actually know the facts of the situation, or that his own Secret Service would shoot him outside the White House because he's black?
    He didn't say they would shoot him because he was black. He said that they would shoot him if he tried to break into the White House. And he was half-joking.
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    Re: Obama Defends Criticism of Cambridge Police in Arrest of Gates

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    He didn't say they would shoot him because he was black. He said that they would shoot him if he tried to break into the White House. And he was half-joking.
    I'd be shot if i tried breaking into the White House ... but i don't think it would have anything to do with the fact i am black but rather i am trespassing


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    Re: Obama Defends Criticism of Cambridge Police in Arrest of Gates

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    He didn't say they would shoot him because he was black. He said that they would shoot him if he tried to break into the White House. And he was half-joking.
    Proving two things:

    1. He has a piss-poor sense of humor.
    2. He doesn't appreciate the skill and professionalism of his own security detail. They do not just shoot first and ask question later.

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    Re: Obama Defends Criticism of Cambridge Police in Arrest of Gates

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    I'd be shot if i tried breaking into the White House ... but i don't think it would have anything to do with the fact i am black but rather i am trespassing
    Actually, you would not be that likely to get shot. Only if you were posing an immediate threat on someone's life would deadly force be used.

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    Re: Obama Defends Criticism of Cambridge Police in Arrest of Gates

    SOOO many threads on this, so little time.....
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    Re: Obama Defends Criticism of Cambridge Police in Arrest of Gates

    I came into this world fighting, screaming and covered in someone else's blood. I have no problem going out the same way.

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    Re: Obama Defends Criticism of Cambridge Police in Arrest of Gates

    It seems a bit of a stretch to arrest someone for disorderly conduct in their own home when that person exercises a legal right to verify the badge number of the police officer. Even if Gates was "uppity" about it, there is no law against being a jerk, since that right is protected by the 1st Amendment, especially in the privacy of one's own home.

    The presented facts are that when Gates let the police into his home, he did show them a couple of ID cards, license and Harvard ID (he lives in a Harvard house). Case closed. Unless there was a physical assault by Gates there would have been zero reason to arrest him. The case was fully dropped because it had no legal basis to proceed. That is the fact of the matter. Therefore the police officer acted stupidly, by definition, since he had no just cause for arrest.

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