Cambridge MA Police responded to a woman's report of "two black males with backpacks on the porch," with one "wedging his shoulder into the door as if he was trying to force entry," by arresting Dr. Gates inside his own home.
[Turns out Dr. Gates and friend had locked themselves out.]
Yes, Dr. Gates was irritable, and yes Dr. Gates probably initially refused to produce identification--again, within his own home.
What's outrageously, police-state wrong about this is the only charge the Cambridge Police could come up with:
He was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge after police said he "exhibited loud and tumultuous behavior."
What the f**k? He got arrested for disorderly conduct inside his own home after he had provided the police with identification?
At which nanosecond after Dr. Gates proved he was the rightful owner of the home did the police officers have any legal standing whatever even to be inside the home, much less to characterize Dr. Gates' behavior?
Ah, but offending a police officer has now become a significant illegality, because our public servants are rapidly forgetting they were never intended to be our public masters.
Or would the Cambridge Police prefer public massas?