911, police tapes key in Gates case
Officials mull release of recorded evidenceBy Richard Weir, Laurel J. Sweet and Benjamin Bell
Friday, July 24, 2009 -
Mounting pressure to get to the bottom of the controversial arrest of black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. is centering on recorded police tapes that may offer a dose of reality amid all the media and political noise.
Cambridge police brass and lawyers are weighing making the tapes public, which could include the 911 call reporting a break-in at Gates’ home and radio transmissions by the cop who busted him July 16 for disorderly conduct.
“It’s powerful evidence because the (people involved) have not had a chance to reflect and you are getting their state of mind captured on tape,” said former prosecutor and New York City police officer Eugene O’Donnell, who is now a lecturer at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Cambridge police leaning towards releasing tapes of Gates arrest...
Well...this will be interesting;