If you read the link above you will see why its an issue. No one is saying the cop shouldn't have been there investigating the call of a "possible" break in.
But if someone is in a home no cop has the right to treat them as if they are a criminal. It is the law. At the point they met the cop was just "investigating" the call. Gates didn't even have to let him in the door but he did. Is that something someone who is in the middle of a break in would do?
Most criminals wouldn't answer the front door. Do alot of middle aged professional men break into homes on a busy street in broad daylight, than answer the front door?? His experiance as a cop should have told him that this man more than likely was the homeowner. Being mouthy and questioning a cop who is in your home last time I checked isn't a crime. Which it seems is what people are faulting Gates for.
Giving Prof. Gates demeanor as frustrated the cop should have just given him his name and number and gotten his id info and left. But he disobeyed the law and disrespected a tax paying citizen by not doing so. Causing Prof. Gate's to be outraged at his blatant disregard for his rights to know his name and badge number. Why did the cop disregard the law and the citizens right to know his badge number????
Than he proceeded to bend the law of disorderly conduct to suit his needs (which is why it was later dropped because there is no legal leg to stand on) to arrest the Prof. Why?? When the whole reason Gates followed him out there to begin with was to get his badge number which is his right by law. He used the oppurtunity as a way to be spiteful and arrest the Prof. in my opinion.
Not only that but even after he identified himself as being a professor at Harvard and owner of the home the cop still wouldn't give his badge number. Why? It is the law. He should have been nonplussed about Prof. Gates wanting to see his badge for his name and number. But he wasn't, why? Is it because "how dare this guy speak to me in that tone and demand this of me" because I am a cop? It is his right by law to be able to demand it of him.
I would think that if an officer is at the door wearing a uniform that his identity would be in less question than mine when answering a door.
There will always be mouthy, loud, this is my right and you can't do anything about it kind of people out there who just love and itch for a good fight. Methinks Prof. Gates had a bad day and was deliberately obtuse and baiting the police officer to get a reaction and then pulled the race card.
Obama should have stayed out of it.