An incident report from the Cambridge (Ma.) Police Department offers more details into why Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. was arrested last week, an incident that has drawn lots of attention in recent days, including a comment from President Barack Obama.
According to the report, Gates was placed under arrest after he was observed "exhibiting loud and tumultuous behavior, in a public place, directed at a uniformed police officer."
Officers responded to Gates' home on July 16 to investigate a report of a burglary and demanded Gates show him identification. Police say Gates, who is African-American, at first refused, flew into a rage and accused the officer of racism.
Gates was charged with disorderly conduct. The charge was dropped Tuesday.
Many pundits and others have weighed in on the incident. Obama was questioned about it Wednesday in a Q&A session during a primetime news conference on health care.
Obama said he believes the police "acted stupidly" in arrested Gates, a friend of the president. He did acknowledge, however, that he did not know all the facts of the case.
In interviews today, Sgt. James Crowley, the arresting officer said that while he supports the president, "I think he was way off base wading into a local issue without knowing all the facts as he himself stated before he made that comment, " according to a report from the Associated Press. "I guess a friend of mine would support my position, too." -- The Associated Press contributed to this report.