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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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The man would not comply with the officers. He could of avoided the whole debacle but he refused to even show I.D. The professor is is just showing T.N.B.

Cry racist it has been made an artform.

Or as I've been called a raysiss. No sir a realist.

1916 days ago


Until you have been on that side of the fence. It is very easy to say get over! A police flung a gun in my 17 son's face after he stop him. He followed my son all the way thru town then stopped him. After he treated him badly and seached my car. He found out that my son wasn't in a gang or a drug dealer. He found my bible. I was more than mad. I got a lawyer who says the policemen is lying about his story. He pulled a gun on somemore children before. I don't want this to happen to another parent. So I am not going to just get over this.This happens a lot, especially in small town. I can't fault Mr.Gates

1915 days ago

Tray Bowie, MD    

I am completely devastated that the Cambridge Police Department will not accept responsibility for their actions. They would probably profile President Obama if they could while pretending they don't know who he is. The first step in healing, such as in programs like Alcoholics Anonymous, is admitting that you have a problem. So why don't the Cambridge Police Department just admit to their racism, and then maybe they can start taking steps to solve the problem and heal.

1915 days ago


REVERSE DISCRIMINATION: pure and simple, Mr. gates you overreacted, you appear to be a very angry an still living in the days of sleavery, you want your five minutes of fame, just shut up. You need to apologize to Sgt, Crowley and ask your friend Obama to back off and apologize as well. Mr. Gates, you have attacked the wrong man, accused him of what you are doing. Sgt. Crowley is a great police officer, one of a kind, expert in his job, I would tust him with my life in a shown down anytime and I don't even know him, but I know his character, his character is far beyond yours Mr. gates.

1915 days ago

View Point    

Look this guy had no ID on him and now this is being turned into a Hate Crime against the white guy who was just doing his job , If it was a case of a white guy looking like he was breaking into a home in a Black neighborhood , would have anyone cared about this ( nope ) But a Black Professer with no ID on him and thats the white guys fault ? I dont like Cops anymore than anyone else dose , But now the cops haveing a Hate Crime done against him from the President to the Teacher , and a Black professer that spends his time makeing $90000.00 a year working in the white world now want everyone to send there hard erned money to what ??? Smells like another OJ deal remember him he lived in a white neighborhood , married to a white wife and had nothing but white friends and turned his back on his own people , this smells the same ! ! !

1915 days ago

Reggie Greene The Logistician    

We have three observations about the Harvard professor incident:

1. We find it interesting that the fact that this was the professor's home was evidently not established early on way before the dispute escalated;

2. We find it fascinating that the versions of two members of society, who most would ordinarily view as responsible and honest citizens (this obviously does not include politicians), would vary so dramatically from a factual point of view.

3. Finally, considering that the reading and viewing public were not present at the scene (and thus have no first hand knowledge), and that there is no video tape to our knowledge of the sequence of events and what was said, how so many have formed conclusions, and made assumptions, about who did what and who was wrong.

There are some things which Professor Gates might have considered upon the arrival of the police, no matter how incensed he may have been.

1914 days ago

what happened to free speech    

if you can't use your free speech rights on your own property where in the f can you use them there. If the cop was getting smart with Professor Gates for asking for the officers name seems that the officer was not being cordial if he was doing his job he shouldnt have been afraid to state his name and take his a** on home since he knew the caller was mistaken and it was not a burglar. Why were the stupidly maliciously filed charges dropped in Gates favor? By the Police Dept there if they believed their own police officer who claims he was an expert on handling blacks and then he acted so stupidly that he misused and abused his position to file false charges against Professor Gates in retaliation for Professor Gates exercising his free speech constitutional right. Its my understanding that free speech gives you the right to speak up against injustice without being retaliated against. The Police Department is not even standing behind the charges from what they call an expert. I wonder how stupidly the not so experted cops act there against blacks?????????

1913 days ago

what happened to free speech    

Abuse of process is a common law intentional tort. It is to be distinguished from malicious prosecution, another type of tort that involves misuse of the public right of access to the courts.

The elements of a valid cause of action for abuse of process in most common law jurisdictions are as follows: it is the malicious and deliberate misuse or perversion of regularly issued court process (civil or criminal) not justified by the underlying legal action. "Process" in this context is used in the same sense as in "service of process," where "process" refers to an official summons or other notice issued from a court. The person who abuses process is interested only in accomplishing some improper purpose that is collateral to the proper object of the process and that offends justice, such as an unjustified arrest or an unfounded criminal prosecution. Subpoenas to testify, attachments of property, executions on property, garnishments, and other provisional remedies are among the types of "process" considered to be capable of abuse.

i.e. A cop claiming to be an expert can NOT file false charges against someone for exercising their free speech rights especially when they are in the wrong to retaliate against someone for speaking. Otherwise if there was a hint of truth on the police officers report that was a legitimate reason for the charges to be filed then it would have gone through the court system and a jury would have decided whether or not Professor Gates was entitled to free speech on his property. The law is pretty clear on free speech. Professor Gates should get him a lawyer right away before the statute of limitations run out there stupidly filed charges.

1913 days ago

what happened to free speech    

fyi......Malicious prosecution is a common law intentional tort, while like the tort of abuse of process, its elements include (1) intentionally (and maliciously) instituting and pursuing (or causing to be instituted or pursued) a legal action (civil or criminal) that is (2) brought without probable cause and (3) dismissed in favor of the victim of the malicious prosecution. In some jurisdictions, the term "malicious prosecution" denotes the wrongful initiation of criminal proceedings, while the term "malicious use of process" denotes the wrongful initiation of civil proceedings.

1913 days ago


Thank the US government for affirmative action! How else do you think this dimwitted and bigoted imbecile would be holding a professor's title ! Give them a job to keep 'em quiet and promote 'em to make 'em happy !!! No wonder the country is headed to ruins !!!!

1909 days ago


"WAS IS WRONG WITH THIS STORY? " Eubonics? All you need to know.

1909 days ago
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