Was the arrest of prominent black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his front door a case of racial profiling? Cambridge, Ma., were investigating a possible break-in when they encountered Gates, who had trouble unlocking his door after it became jammed. He was booked for disorderly conduct after “exhibiting loud and tumultuous behavior,” said a police report quoted by the Boston Globe.
Police said Gates, 58, accused the investigating officer of being a racist and told him he had “no idea who he was messing with.” Friends of Gates said he was already in his home when police arrived. He showed his driver's license and Harvard identification card, but was handcuffed and taken into police custody for several hours last Thursday, they said.