Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr was arrested by Cambridge, Massachussetts Police Sgt. James Crowley outside of his Harvard University-owned house for allegations of burglary after a neighbor called the police. He was booked for disorderly conduct after “exhibiting loud and tumultuous behavior,” according to a police report. Gates accused the investigating officer of being a racist and told him he had "no idea who he was messing with,'' the police report said. (http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2009/0723092gates1.html)
The arrest caused a national uproar about police tactics and racial profiling, after President Obama commented that Sgt. Crowley had acted "stupidly" in the incident. "Because this has been ratcheting up -- and I obviously helped to contribute ratcheting it up -- I want to make clear that in my choice of words, I think, I unfortunately... gave an impression that I was maligning the Cambridge police department or Sgt. Crowley specifically," the president said. "And I could've calibrated those words differently. And I told this to Sgt. Crowley." However, he still believes that the police overreacted in pulling Professor Gates out of his house. Then, jokingly said that the three of them are going to have a beer at the White House.