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Rev. Says Henry Gates, Sharpton "Abusing Police While Black"

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LOS ANGELES -- Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, Founder and President of BOND, the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, today repudiated Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Al Sharpton for their "unfounded and reckless" allegations of racism against Cambridge, Massachusetts police. Cambridge police dropped a disorderly conduct charge against Gates yesterday; he had been arrested at his home on July 16 after police responded to a break in. Gates had locked himself out and reportedly forced his way inside.

When officers asked him to show identification Gates reportedly snapped, "No, I will not!" When an officer asked to speak to him outside, Gates was heard shouting, "Yeah, I'll speak with your mama outside" and "This is what happens to black men in America." Al Sharpton and Gates falsely accused the police of racially profiling him. Sharpton proclaimed, "I've heard of driving while black, but I've never heard of living in a home while black." He added, "If they can do this to him [Gates], imagine what they can do to a kid in Roxbury."

"Henry Gates and Al Sharpton are abusing police while black," said Rev. Peterson. "Their false allegations say to young blacks that they too can abuse police and cry racism. Gates was abusive and disorderly and the police dealt with him accordingly--where's the racism? This is a case of black males gone wild."

Police in Cambridge bowed to pressure from liberal black leaders and issued a statement yesterday calling Gates' arrest "regrettable and unfortunate."

Rev. Peterson said, "What's regrettable is that the city of Cambridge and the police have allowed themselves to be intimidated by a race hustler like Al 'The Riot King' Sharpton. The race card has once again been used to unjustly smear law enforcement and thwart justice. This is Tawana Brawley all over again!"

Sharpton gained national notoriety after his involvement in the Tawana Brawley rape hoax--where he took up the cause of a 15 year-old black girl from New York who falsely accused six white men (some were police officers). The allegations were tossed out, but Sharpton never admitted wrongdoing, nor has he apologized to the men in that case.

Read more on OpposingViews.com: Was Arrest of Black Scholar Henry Louis Gates Racial Profiling?

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