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Busted Harvard Prof

Drops 'Yo Mama' Joke

on Cop

7/20/2009 4:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0720_gates-1Even the nation's pre-eminent African-American scholar isn't afraid to bust a yo' mama joke -- especially when he's getting busted by cops.

Cambridge police arrested Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. for disorderly conduct last Thursday night. Gates was going into his house when police responded to a call that two black males were breaking in.

According to the police report, 58-year old Gates got into it pretty good with Sgt. Crowley, and that's when ...

"As I began walking through the foyer toward the front door, I could hear Gates again demanding my name. I again told Gates that I would speak with him outside. His reply was "ya, I'll speak with your mama outside."

As you can imagine, the argument got more heated after that and Gates was taken into custody.

Professor -- everyone knows it's "yo' mama." Not "your mama."

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61.

Rodney King    

I see a new PBS Special hosted by Henry Louis Gates and Oprah Winfrey titled "One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap Backwards for Mankind! See it on BET!

1885 days ago
62.

Josie    

You should read the story! Both sides! The cop asked Gates to step outside AFTER seeing his ID and proof that he worked for the University. The cop followed Gates into the house to see his ID. The comment only came (by the cop's admission - see above article) after Gates demanded his name several times. You're not allowed to know what the name of the cop that is standing in your home! That is complete BS -particularly if that cop has stepped past the bounds of professional conduct. Yes this is racially motivated because if Gates had been white, the situation would not have escalated.

1885 days ago
63.

hahahahahha!!!!!    

Another reason why the elite Ivy League schools are becoming jokes. The more cracked out, dumbass liberal radical professors they hire, the more it diminishes the once proud and repsectable institutes.

1885 days ago
64.

Kim    

I live in Boston and this story has been all over the news. The jackass professor followed the cops outside after they were already leaving, ranting and raving, calling them every name in the book and causing a commotion to the point where people were stopping and watching. A neighbor called the cops that there was a potential burglary and the cops responded, as their jobs requires. This joker made this into the racial ridiculousness that it turned into, because he's a big shot professor at Harvard he is exempt from complying when the police are responding to a call and you refuse to produce id, until you are asked repeatedly. This guy is a pompous, jerk and deserved to be arrested.

1885 days ago
65.

T    

Making a "your momma" joke is not grounds for arrest. There are laws that stipulate what is and what is not grounds for arrest and making a joke is not grounds for arrest. Also according to the article this man did in fact show his id and he did cooperate and do the right thing. He may have got an attitude at first and he may have made a joke but the article clearly states that in the end he cooperated and showed his ID, yet he was still mistreated and arrested, if he were white he would not have been arrested, also these white posters need to stop lying and saying he did not show his ID because he did, he may not have showed the ID immediately but it doesnt matter, he still showed the id, he was not a burglar, he was at his own home, he committed no crime, a "your momma" joke is not a crime and is not grounds for arrest, we have the first amendment right to free speech

1885 days ago
66.

Peggi    

What should have happened:
Sir - we had a report of a break-in
"don't worry officer, it's my home and I was locked out, here is my ID"
Thank you Sir - have a nice evening
"Thank you for keeping the neighborhood safe and protecting my property"

Period!

1885 days ago
67.

Mememememememe    

THE MAN HAD TO USE A CANE TO WALK. THE COP IS LIKE MOST OF THE IGNORANT RACIST WHITE PEOPLE POSTING.

1885 days ago
68.

Mememememememe    

The cop was probably jealous that an African-American was living in a better neighborhood and probably had a better car. Jealousy is the root of the MENTAL ILLNESS CALLED RACISM.

1885 days ago
69.

TeamKate    

Another thing i gotta get off my chest here about Blacks/Black Panthers....

Remember the The 2006 Duke University lacrosse case?

A black woman cried rape on those white boys. Instantly the black community gathered and believed every word she said and ruined the lives of those innocent young men. I remember the black panthers showing up with guns! I've not ever seen the black panthers apologize for their actions! If this had been the other way around...we would still be saying...I'M SORRY!This is another reason whites and blacks argue and we have the racism. When white guys break the law Whites don't gather up and scream he's innocent and bring our guns to town. We also don't go and destroy towns and riot when one of our own get's his @ss beat by a cop when he was breaking the law. I personally think more people who break the law should get their @sses beat! Theres too much crime in our world and all everyone wants to do is sit here and cry about how bad the cops treat them. I'm beyond sick of the daily bull....i'm a white american who is called a racist because i speak the true. It's sad times we live in when no one wants to hear the truth!

1885 days ago
70.

TheMizzz    

Gwennie dear, you are not innocent until proven guilty hen the police are responding to a robbery in progress call, it's the other way around as well it should be.

1885 days ago
71.

Mememememememe    

That cop is just another wet dog smellin' son of a biotch!

1885 days ago
72.

Mememememememe    

That's not what was said on several national news outlets this morning. The district attorneys office have NOT filed charges against him. In addition, the professor might countersue the city!

1885 days ago
73.

wleec    

Read the entire reports, not just what TMZ or any other gossip rag says. If you knew anything about Henry Louis Gates Jr, you'd know that the Cambridge police are practically fabricating full-on lies. Gates is one of the most revered living scholars in academia, period. He is not some "uppity black man" who thinks he is above the law. Regardless of anything he said or did (which is still speculative), this is still racial profiling, prejudice, ignorance, and just plain disgusting behavior on the part of the police and the idiot neighbor who called them in broad daylight on her freakin' neighbor who lived their for years and is one of the most visible and distinguished faces in academia. Frankly, as a a white woman with a phd, if the police did that to me in my own home I would have reacted much worse. Doing your job as an officer of the law is one thing, being a prick with a badge is another.

1885 days ago
74.

Mememememememe    

TMZ is not reporting the entire story. He gave the police officer his driver's license with his home address listed on it!

1885 days ago
75.

TeamKate    

99. I live in Boston and this story has been all over the news. The jackass professor followed the cops outside after they were already leaving, ranting and raving, calling them every name in the book and causing a commotion to the point where people were stopping and watching. A neighbor called the cops that there was a potential burglary and the cops responded, as their jobs requires. This joker made this into the racial ridiculousness that it turned into, because he's a big shot professor at Harvard he is exempt from complying when the police are responding to a call and you refuse to produce id, until you are asked repeatedly. This guy is a pompous, jerk and deserved to be arrested.

Posted at 10:38AM on Jul 21st 2009 by Kim

WTG Kim!!! I wonder if the cops had their dash cam on to record what happen? Might not be able to see everything that went on, but i'm sure there would be enough audio for the police to prove their case. I think police should be required to wear mini cameras so that their rights are protected. Too many cases anymore with people claiming to be mistreated...i wanna see proof!

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