“…I don’t know and don’t really care if Professor Gates lost his cool and acted like a jerk. I do know, however, that Gates didn’t have a gun and the power to throw Crowley in jail.
So I have one other wish to draw from my pillowcase on halloween: It would be nice — real nice — if our discussion of this incident embraced more than just race and included police tactics generally. Crowley had the power to toss Gates in jail because he didn’t like what Gates said. That just isn’t right.”
—von at Obsidian Wings
And here’s a great Op-Ed on the same subject by Stanley Fish in the Times.