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NATICK, Mass. - The Cambridge police commissioner said Thursday that his department is "deeply pained" by President Barack Obama's statement that his officers "acted stupidly" when they arrested a renowned black scholar in his home.

Commissioner Robert Haas commended the arresting officer, Sgt. James Crowley, as a decorated officer and said his actions were in no way motivated by racism.

Crowley, who is white, has been a lightning rod for criticism after arresting Henry Louis Gates Jr. in his home last week. Police say Gates flew into a verbal rage when officers asked him for identification while investigating a report of a break-in at his home.
哈佛教授被误捕案争议扩大 奥巴马各打五十大板
DWNEWS.COM-- 2009年7月24日23:45:6(京港台时间) --多维新闻网


来源:中国新闻网 

  中新社华盛顿七月二十四日电(记者 李静)美国马萨诸塞州一黑人哈佛教授被捕案的后续争议扩大后,先前批评警察“愚蠢”的美国总统奥巴马二十四日再度表态,对教授和警察各打“五十大板” 。

  五十八岁的非洲裔哈佛教授盖茨七月十六日旅行返家时发现门锁出现故障,遂与司机一起试图破门进入。白人警察克劳利接到民众报案后赶到现场,却与盖茨发生冲突。最后克劳利以妨碍治安为由,将盖茨拘捕。在查清情况后,当地警方随后又取消了对盖茨的指控。

  这一事件被媒体曝光后引起较大争议。在奥巴马二十二日举行的“黄金时间”记者会上,有记者询问这位非洲裔总统对此案有何评论。奥巴马称,剑桥警察逮捕盖茨的行为十分愚蠢,此案例证明美国的种族偏见仍然存在。

  奥巴马的表态使这一事件更趋复杂化,也惹恼了剑桥警察。当地警察协会对总统的批评表示不满,二十四日要求总统作出道歉。

  剑桥警察协会提出上述要求两个小时后,奥巴马即发表讲话,对自己日前的评论作出澄清。奥巴马说,当日他与克劳利通过电话,表示自己本无意“中伤”剑桥警察。他认为,克劳利逮捕盖茨的决定有些“过火”,而盖茨可能在有关事件过程中或许也有“过火行为”。

  奥巴马说,他的用词并无不当,只是“不幸”被媒体扭曲扩大。众人与其揪住事件喋喋不休,不如将精力用在改善警察与少数族裔的关系上。

  此前,克劳利在接受多家媒体采访时表示,自己在办案过程中并无过失,总统不应在未了解事实的情况下就妄作评论。

  而已证明“清白”的哈佛教授也是不依不饶。他表示,“这不只是关于我自己的个案,此案显示了所有非洲裔美国人的脆弱性。”盖茨的律师表示,盖茨将对克劳利和当地警察局提出种族歧视指控。

  剑桥警察局负责人哈斯二十三日已表态支持克劳利。哈斯称,奥巴马总统的批评令剑桥警局“十分受伤”,他不认为克劳利逮捕盖茨是出于种族歧视。

  据《华盛顿邮报》的报道,四十二岁的克劳利还在当地警局担任警员培训工作,多年来口碑良好,未曾遭遇任何种族偏见的投诉。

  但盖茨指责克劳利在其案件陈述报告中歪曲事实,他要求克劳利对整个事件作出道歉。盖茨说,“如果他(克劳利)能够说出事情经过的真相,我会考虑原谅他。”克劳利已表示不会在有关事件中作出妥协。(完)
smilhaNew at 7/25/2009 15:54 快速引用
俺因为天天和一批美国人喝咖啡,所以也不由自主卷入了争论。。。他们都是中产阶级以上,大骂奥总统,大骂哈佛黑教授。。。俺挺身而出,为少数民族的我们说话。
smilhaNew at 7/25/2009 15:59 快速引用
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