and here comes the BBC...
a lot of folks are jumping to crowley's side due to the technical infraction of peace statutes, and his politely worded warnings about what was going to happen next. but that's exactly what gets me--gates WANTED to get arrested so he could complain publicly that he had been asked for ID in his own home. without the arrest, i'm guessing this all would have quickly come back on skippy for being a colossal asshole, from both black and white alike. the cop was where he should have been, doing what he should have done, and only a complete jerkoff fool disses a cop for trying to protect their property. but here's where judgment, the first amendment, and "a man's home is his castle" cause me to jump the crowley party ship.
if gates were ranting on my porch, or yours, or just about anywhere other than his, then i say arrest the MF'er and let him make his phone call to al sharpton. clear enough. but gates wasn't on my porch, or yours, he was on HIS. and, yeah, he was asking to get his ass kicked in jail to boot. but it's HIS porch. and he's an old guy with a cane, (who wasn't even using his cane when he came back onto the porch), and, i'm quite confident, not so much of a threat to that cop or anyone else in the vicinity for that matter. the right answer has to be to just let him go off, and remove yourself from the porch.
the cop himself was the catalyst for the breach of the peace at that moment, and there were LOTS of other cops there by that time who could easily have maintained safe order to cover crowley's retreat. but somehow this one guy decided his badge was bigger than everything else on that porch, and here we have the BBC making international sport of our entire country as a result.
chill, people. two small-minded big-ego'd men just had a dick-measuring contest and we ALL lost. that's the tragedy.