Saturday, July 25, 2009

Black Officer Leon Lashley Supports Henry Louis Gates Arrest Comments, Criticizes Barack Obama Remarks (Video)

African-American Cambridge police officer Leon Lashley recounts Henry Louis Gates' racially-charged outburst against fellow officer Sgt. James Crowley during the encounter which led to Gates' being arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct.

Lashley also says he felt it was "unfortunate" that Barack Obama made the "stupidly" remarks at Obama's press conference Wednesday night.

The Chicago Tribune reports:

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A black police officer who was at Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s home when the black Harvard scholar was arrested says he fully supports how his white fellow officer handled the situation.

Sgt. Leon Lashley says Gates was probably tired and surprised when Sgt. James Crowley demanded identification from him as officers investigated a report of a burglary. Lashley says Gates' reaction to Crowley was "a little bit stranger than it should have been."

Asked if Gates should have been arrested, Lashley said supported Crowley "100 percent."

Gates has said he was the victim of racial profiling.

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