CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The white police sergeant accused of racial profiling after he arrested renowned black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. in his home was hand-picked by a black police commissioner to teach recruits about avoiding racial profiling. The Associated Press
I am not nor never have I been a member of the police department, however as a civilian and after over seven decades of living in America and observing humans I am convinced that regardless of their training and expertise the police in America are bigots. Not just bigoted towards people of color, ethnicity, or class but mostly they are bigoted against civilians. If you happen to be of color, speak with an accent, or seem to be of a lower economic group that usually does deepen their hostility. Their attitude towards civilians has most likely has been shaped by unofficial conversations with their fellow officers, television, the courts, and the old west far more than all of their formal training combined. Civilians are their enemy and their fellow officers are their allies. It probably did not much matter what Henry Louis Gates Jr. did or said, the outcome of the confrontation was predetermined by the fact that this policeman had the gun, the badge, and the authority to do exactly as he did.
Actually we should be grateful that Henry Louis Gates Jr. did not get his skull bashed in or worse by this police officer. Because police officers have the gun, the badge, and the authority to do exactly that if they choose. They do not need provocation to use force if they choose to because their fellow officers and their superiors sanction the use of force daily. Oh, not officially of course, but I have no doubt that privately they manage to do exactly that. Further, across our nation even in those situations when police are video taped beating, clubbing, kicking and even shooting unarmed defenseless people, our nations courts will more often than not absolve them. So why would this police officer or any other police officer do any less?
When asked if he would apologize to Henry Louis Gates Jr. this police officer vehemently denied that he would even consider doing that. In effect he was saying “I have the gun, I have the badge, and I have the authority to do exactly what I did, and if you challenge me while I am on the job I will do it again”.