Oh I have some experience on this one
I had my own place at 17, and ended up letting my best friend move in with me. We only had the one set of keys, and I had gone to visit my mom so my friend L had the keys. During my time away, my apt was robbed..... L called the police, etc. and called me. I came home the next day. It was a small apt. with the door and window at ground level.
L was not there when I got there with my brother and the door was locked. So without thinking, I crawled in through the already broken window.
My brother and I were in the process of looking around, looking outside when out of nowhere come 1/2 doz police officers with guns drawn
They had got a call about me crawling in the window.
My luck, I had left my purse at my moms
. I cooperated with the Police and told them I lived there, and this person was my brother.... Luckily my brother had id (same last name ) and my landlord lived 2 houses down, so we got him to verify I was who I said I was.
Although it scared the living poo outta me, I'm glad they came. It's just too bad that noone had seen the actual person who had robbed me 2 days previous
The case in the link.
Do I think it was racial profiling, NO.
If I had been uncooperative, both me and my brother would have been arrested, and we're both white.
|initially refused to show the officer his identification, but then gave him a Harvard University ID card, according to police.
"Gates continued to yell at me, accusing me of racial bias and continued to tell me that I had not heard the last of him," the officer wrote
To most people, the lack of cooperation here, would put them on the defensive. Why not show ID when asked by the police who were investigating a report of robbery. To me, that is just asking for trouble, no matter what race/religion/etc. you are.
|and repeatedly asked for the name and badge number of the officer, who refused.
Yes, the officer should have provided him with that info. Is it not law to do so?
Racial profiling, no.... A case of an incident that did not have to happen, yes. If he had cooperated in the first place....... I know its hard to do so when in the circumstance, I know I was SHOCKED with being surround by officers with guns drawn.... but, the report was, someone was breaking and entering. I cooperated, and the whole incident was resolved within 20mins.