Comments: Common sense on the Gates arrest

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I don't know that they necessarily should have taken off right away once Gates' identity was established. It's quite likely police procedure to make sure that there's no one else in the house that shouldn't be there. (The old "person hiding in the kitchen while the legal resident makes the police go away" scenario we see so often on TV/movies.) Especially since in this case, weren't two men reported as breaking in and only Gates spoke with the cops? It's quite reasonable for the cops to wonder where the second person got to and want to make sure that he's not hiding somewhere.

(From the little I've read on this case, it seems that both sides handled this poorly, but I can understand why the cops acted much of the way they did.)

Posted by Paul Smith at July 22, 2009 01:59 PM

Anyone know anything about the other person who was with him?

Posted by Chris DeGreef at July 24, 2009 02:58 PM