Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Many on the Far Right, who are always pro-cop and believe that racism no longer exists (despite evidence to the contrary), have been out in force showing their support for Sgt. James Crowley in the recent Henry Louis Gates Jr. racial profiling brouhaha. However, new evidence has come out showing that Crowley may in fact be a liar.
The tapes from a 911 call by Lucia Whalen, the woman who called in, are out and they don't make Crowley look good at all. Whalen did not mention "Black men," in fact she said that the intruders looked "kind of hispanic." Crowley even goes so far as to say that "the gentleman says he resides here but is uncooperative." Then too, Gates is described, in a call to Harvard police, as having given his name and ID to Crowley. None of this is helpful to Crowley's account of what transpired.
But the coup de grace could be the fact that Whalen denies Crowley's assertion in his police report that he spoke to her. Whalen's attorney said "[Whalen n]ever once in any of her statements, conversations, and so forth did she ever use the word black....But more importantly, when Sergeant Crowley got there, she didn't have a conversation with him at all."
The more that comes to light about Gates-gate, the more anybody can see how Gates was a victim of racial profiling. With that said, it's even more ironic now that Gates would accept Barry's invite to sit down with Crowley for a beer later this week.