24 July 2009

A disorderly post

For me, the most disturbing aspect of the recent arrest of Henry Gates Jr. is that fact that it involved a disorderly conduct charge. Gates wasn't arrested for breaking into his own house, but for not being sufficiently polite to a policeman. I keep trying to wrap my mind around the idea that someone gets called to investigate a crime that never occurred but then feels they can justify arresting the person, who is innocent, because they're offended. I still don't see what public good is served in arresting someone on their own porch for being "disorderly."


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Comrade Kevin said...

I was taught to never lie, nor challenge a police officer. It might not be fair, but it's the quickest way to avoid being arrested, even if the charges are later dropped.