Friday, July 24, 2009

Cambridge police leaning towards releasing tapes of Gates arrest...

Well...this will be interesting;

911, police tapes key in Gates case

Officials mull release of recorded evidence

By 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.

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