This story about a Harvard professor getting busted in his own home is going to be presented as an example of racist cops in Cambridge, MA. And it may very well be just that. But from what I've heard about cops from a journalist friend of mine (Bert. Q. Slushbrow who has posted comments on this blog before), this could have happened to a white home owner too. One sure way to get a cop to abuse his authority is to question his authority to do whatever he wants. A lot (not all) of cops are the guys you knew in high school who liked to pick fights and push people around.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
So imagine this. A cop responds to a call about a break in. He arrives to meet the home owner, recently returned from a trip to China (so probably tired and grouchy). The home owner starts questioning the cop's reason for being there. The cop now has a choice. A) Apologize to the home owner and go away. or B) Shout back at the home owner and demand that he "respect my authoritah" and escalate the shouting match until he ends up arresting the home owner for some BS charge like disturbing the peace or disorderly conduct (in his own home).
I'm not saying that race didn't play a part here. It probably had something to do with why the police were called in the first place. It may have played a role in why the cop was so unwilling to just shrug and walk away. It may have played a role in why the homeowner in question was so belligerent himself. But I don't think it needed to be racial for this to happen. Many cops are just equal opportunity, control freak, A-holes.
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 4:26 AM