Buckaroo said: There are a few errors in your account of the Gates incident. First, Gates never broke into his own home or admitted to doing so. That wasn’t even what he was arrested for. Gates entered his home legally, with a key, using the back door. The front door was jammed. Gates went outside to try to fix it and It was this attempt to fix it that was mistaken for breaking and entering. When the responding officer arrived, Gates was IN is home minding his own business. Second, the Id. There are two accounts concerning the ID. The officer said that he had to ask Gates multiple times to produce an ID to prove he lived there before Gates did so. Gates claims he did so as soon as asked, giving both his driver’s license and School ID. Either way he gave is ID. Even he officer says he did. The officer was satisfied that Gates was the legal residence and started to leave. Gates was upset at this whole incident and showed it. He did yell and make it known that he was unhappy to the officer and it was this behavior that got him arrested for disorderly conduct, not breaking or entering.
Obama did initially respond in defense of Gates and against the officer but shortly afterwards, after the facts were more well known, admitted his first response probably wasn’t the correct one and apologized, saying that both parties involved made mistakes and could have handled things differently. So, no, I do not consider this an example of Obama race baiting or trying to divide people. If so, he would have doubled down on the claim the incident was raced based and not apologized and back tracked.
Did Gates have some dislike for police and overact? Sure, he’s a black person in the United States, I can’t blame him. But a cop showing up out of the blue demanding proof he lived in his own home sure didn’t do anything to change his mind about how black people are treated in this country.