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Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Police Report

'I'll speak with your mama outside,' Harvard prof told Cambridge cops

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Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Police Report

JULY 23--Here are the police reports detailing the confrontation last week between Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Cambridge cops, who were condemned last night by President Barack Obama for acting 'stupidly' in arresting the African-American scholar. Cops responded to Gates's house after neighbor Lucia Whalen reported spotting 'two black males with backpacks' trying to gain entry to the home (Gates, returning home from a trip overseas, and his driver were contending with a stuck front door). The Cambridge Police Department reports, authored by Sergeant James Crowley and Officer James Figueroa, quote an incensed Gates yelling, 'This is what happens to black men in America!,' and, when asked by Crowley to speak with him outside the residence, Gates replied, 'ya, I'll speak with your mama outside.' A disorderly conduct rap was filed against Gates, but quickly dropped by prosecutors. Gates is reportedly considering legal action against the Cambridge police. (3 pages)