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Posted at 5:39 PM ET, 08/10/2009

A Page From Professor Gates's Script

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Steve Lenkart
Alexandria

In his Local Opinions commentary, "My 'Crime' on U Street? Offending the Police," Pepin Andrew Tuma wrote about his shock at being arrested by D.C. police after chanting in a public place (and directly in front of the cops) that he hates police, and he continues to wonder if he would have received media attention if he wasn’t a white, gay, prosperous lawyer who, in my opinion, baited the police into action through a belligerent and pathetic attempt to get arrested. Perhaps Mr. Tuma would benefit from a much deeper soul-search into how the childlike actions of self-involved adults hurt the community and the world around them.

Then again, if he did, neither he nor his hero Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. would be in the media — and to some, that’s all that matters.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | August 10, 2009; 5:39 PM ET
 
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Comments

Gates was different.

Assuming that this description is true and definitive in essence, I believe that the attorney in question should sue the police for false arrest and First Amendment violation. For that is what attorneys without clients do. Were I a juror in such a civil trial, I would gladly award him five bucks for his efforts. For that is what jurors do.

Gates was different. Police action on city streets is judged by a different standard than action within the curtillage of our homes.

Wisdom is knowing the difference between the two.

“When once the forms of civility are violated, there remains little hope of return to kindness or decency”

Samuel Johnson quotes (English Poet, Critic and Writer. 1709-1784)

Posted by: sitomer | August 11, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

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