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Harvard Prof 911 Call Contradicts Police Report

7/27/2009 11:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

We've got the 911 call that eventually resulted in the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. -- and it completely contradicts what cops say the 911 caller told them when they arrived at the scene.

Gates 911 Call

In the 911 call, the dispatcher asks the caller, Lucia Whalen, "Were [the alleged intruders] white, black, or Hispanic?" Whalen responds: "Um, well there were two larger men. One looked kind of Hispanic but I'm not really sure. And the other one entered and I didn't see what he looked like at all. I just saw it from a distance." She also said they were carrying two suitcases.

In the police report, however, Officer Crowley claims Whalen told him she saw "what appeared to be two black males with backpacks."

So the question is: Did Crowley fudge the report, or did Whalen change her story?


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MJ is ♥    

If this is not racial profiling then what is? How does the description of a Hispanic become translated to Black?

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This hooker is lying, she said she didn't see anything , she said the woman saw it and she was calling because the woman was concerned.... then she started describing what she saw clearly she saw the two men and what color they were and what they were doing....WOW......the police was called because two black men were seen possible forcing their way into a home so why did the owner end up being arrested? Get to know your neighbors people...........

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I dont care what anyone says but there is a lot of racism in this country, what about the old bitch that has a sign on her home that says hispanics stay away or something like that, would it be okay if a white person came in to rob her, this just goes to show how stupid and ignorant racism is. as a light skin hispanic with natural blonde hair and green eyes, sometimes my caucasian friends will make racist comments about mexicans to me not realising I too am Mexican. its just ignorance, there are tons of jews and asians and middle eastern people in mexico how could people be so stupid. my boyfriend is black and we get pulled over all the time and he drives very cautiosly, when I used to date an asian guy we never got pulled over and thats that his driving was terrible.

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Another poor choice of words TMZ. How about the "911 call does not support" Sgt Crowley's report. As evidenced by the available dispatch tape, Sgt Crowley may have talked to caller before before he saw Gates. Your own words --- "Officer Crowley claims Whalen told him she saw "what appeared to be two black males with backpacks." Whalen, the caller, "told" him -- that would indicate that he had a DIRECT conversation with Whalen. What is it about that that you people don't get?

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How stupid is this... Officer did NOT talk directly to the woman who called in to 911. When you call 911 you talk to a dispatcher, then the dispatcher calls the fire dept. or the Po-lice or whoever.
Go ahead & slant the story, TMZ!
Gates is a racist hustler. There was NO profiling - the officers (one black, one hispanic, and one white - Crowley) were just responding to a possible B&E!

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A black but old man carrying suitcases arrested in his own home. Aa far as I know, Gates also uses a cane. You can'r fault Obama and Gates for overreacting.

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HArveys a douche like Gates

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As a successful black man in America, Gates obviously has a chip on his shoulder., someone who feels slighted by the teeniest of reasons. And most likely, Crowley suffers from authoritative complex, like most policemen, someone who thinks no one should be able to challenge their authority. So mix the two, and you have this. From what it looks like, Gates over-reacted and made a scene just so he can exploit the "injustice" for his own agenda.

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did't hear anything from that 911 that says there were too black men at the house. No offense to the professor, but he should get the facts straight before u cry racism. so now u got your fifteen minutes, get on with it already

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Black, Hispanic, whatever, join the army or marines and serve in a war zone. The Middle East and most of the world hates us equally. When a bullet comes you way it does not curve in the direction of black white or hispanic. You want equal join and serve you country! USA RET.

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I Will Take Being Born White Any Day - Thats Worth Much More To Me, #6    

"Did Crowley 'FUDGE' the report..." Haha!!!

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Gotta love people who make sexist comments while slamming racism. Derrrr, way to be taken seriously.

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the truth hurts huh    

Bottomline: Two male egos that got out of control. Seems like they both have valid points from each of their perspectives - as a homeowner and as a cop. But it would probably not have escalated if they both didn't get all "You're not gonna challenge me dude!!"

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The way I see it... is think about it.... in the whole entire nation, has an older distinguished white male professor EVER had a neighbor call the cops in him EVER? No way...... ..... The way I see it... the problem here is this individual who made the phone call to the cops. This individual is in an all-white elite neighborhood (neighborhoods in the Massachusetts areas are very, very, very racially segregated) who could NOT see beyond the person's outside (i.e. their non-white skin and kinky hair). Believe me, if it were exactly the same elements (age, education) except for the African-American appearance, this neighbor/individual (some say she was only living there temporarily) would have never made the phone call about a middle-aged, white, male professor trying to get through the door with suitcases. Believe me. Believe me.

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