Thursday, July 23, 2009

Meet the Police Officer the President Accused (on National TV) of Being a "Stupid" Racist [UPDATED]

Police Seargent James Crowley:
... But people who know Crowley were skeptical or outright dismissive of allegations of racism. A prominent defense lawyer, a neighbor of Crowley’s, his union, and fellow officers described him yesterday as a respected, and respectful, officer who performs his job well and has led his colleagues in diversity training.

“He’s evenhanded and, in the cases I’ve had with him, he’s been very much in control and very professional,’’ said Joseph W. Monahan III, a criminal defense lawyer in Cambridge and former Middlesex County prosecutor. Monahan has represented several defendants arrested by Crowley for domestic assaults and for drunken driving.

Crowley himself, speaking to the Globe yesterday and again last night in Natick, said he will not apologize and asserted, “I am not a racist.’’

Crowley’s police union issued a statement saying it had reviewed the arrest of Gates and expressed “full and unqualified support’’ for his actions.

“Sergeant Crowley is a highly respected veteran supervisor with a distinguished record in the Cambridge Police Department,’’ said the Cambridge Police Superior Officers Association. “His actions at the scene of this matter were consistent with his training, with the informed policies and practices of the Department, and with applicable legal standards.’’

But it wasn't just cops Obama attacked in his press conference last night. He also accused pediatricians of being motivated by greed to perform unnecessary tonsilectomies on kids:
Right now, doctors a lot of times are forced to make decisions based on the fee payment schedule that's out there. So if they're looking and you come in and you've got a bad sore throat or your child has a bad sore throat or has repeated sore throats, the doctor may look at the reimbursement system and say to himself, "You know what? I make a lot more money if I take this kid's tonsils out."
Nice. Glad to see our President "bringing us together".

Ed Morrissey has more on ths story.

Methinks this misstep is going to cost dear leader a few popularity points. The voters of America don't recall seeing Al Sharpton's name on the ballot when they voted last November.

So, let me see if I have this straight: it took Obama 2 months to decide what kind of dog to get for his kids; he's been in D.C. for 6 months and still can't decide which church to attend; but he thinks we should pass a health care bill that will nationalize health insurance for the entire country without the citizens having any information about what it means for us (including whether abortion will be federally funded) after a mere 2 weeks of "debate"; and, on the basis of his admittedly "not having all the facts", he feels free to impugn - on national TV - the cops who arrested Prof. Gates as "stupid" racists.

I suppose we should take comfort in the fact that he's taking time to think through the important things.

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At 7/23/2009 11:41 AM, Blogger James H said...

Last night Press conference was bizarree

At 7/23/2009 12:35 PM, Anonymous Paul Zummo said...

President Obama has attempted radically reconfigure the face of the United States - and not in a good way - but that one dumb comment may have been the icing on the cake.

If you don't know all the facts, Mr. President - THEN DON'T PASS JUDGMENT.

At 7/23/2009 3:05 PM, Blogger Alex said...

Here's the thing. We don't know what happened, so it doesn't make any more sense for you to rush to the defense of Crowley than it does for Obama to criticize him.

If Gates is telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, then either Crowley is incompetent or he is racist. And your link gives some pretty good evidence that he's quite competent which would leave only the possibility that he's a racist.

If Gates is not telling the truth, that's a whole different story. If Crowley is neither racist nor incompetent, then there's a pretty good possibility that Gates is exaggerating what happened.

But we weren't there. It's Crowley's word against Gates, and we'll never know.

At 7/23/2009 3:18 PM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

Who "rush[ed] to his defense"? Providing more information on the guy is "rush[ing] to his defense"?

Not once in my post did I give any indication that Officer Crowley was in the right or in the wrong. And the reason I didn't is because I don't know what happened.

But, then, neither does President Obama. Would that he were as cautious as I have been.


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