FELLOW OFFICER BACKS UP SGT. CROWELY *
Paid up just before announcing run for presidency…well, well, well. Them chickens keep coming home to roost!
Excerpt from WND report today 7.24.09
According to the Somerville Times in 2007, as a Harvard Law School student, Obama got 17 parking tickets during 1989-1991 from the Cambridge Police Department that he left unpaid until just weeks before he announced his bid for the presidency.
“In other words, as a practicing in Chicago, he allowed these tickets and penalties to remain unpaid; as an Illinois state senator he allowed these tickets and fines to remain unpaid; and as a United States senator he allowed these almost-two-decade-old signs of his disdain for the law to remain unpaid,” commented John LeBoutillier on Newsmax.com.
The Washington Post said two years ago that the tickets included parking without a proper permit and parking in a bus stop.
The Associated Press reported in 2007 that Obama’s “healthy stack” of parking tickets was finally paid, including late fees, “two weeks before he officially launched his presidential campaign.”
The White House press office did not respond to a request for a comment.
However, activist Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, founder of BOND Action, Inc., called for Obama to apologize.
“Barack Obama was wrong to malign and insult the Cambridge police department without knowing the facts. He wasn’t there. This was a local law enforcement issue; yet Obama chose to elevate it to a national racial crisis on prime time television. Obama’s comments were racist and irresponsible. He owes the nation an apology,” said Peterson.
“Barack Obama is Jeremiah Wright, Jr. Obama’s racially tinged and bias[ed] remarks validate the hatred that many black Americans feel towards police, especially white cops. He has stirred up racial tensions and is causing deep irreparable damage to race relations in this country,” he said. “Mr. President, words have consequences. Do the right thing as a man and as president and apologize. Apologize to Sgt. James Crowley and the Cambridge Police Department. Apologize to white Americans; then apologize to black Americans for encouraging and in many cases validating their hatred of whites and police officers.”
David Holway, president of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, told Fox News, “What we don’t need is public safety officials across the country second-guessing themselves,” His organization represents 15,000 public safety officials around the country. The president’s alienated public safety officers across the country with his comments.”
Warning: adult language
Chris Rock instructional video For Prof. Gates?
*2nd Cop Figueroa: We Went by Book in Gates Arrest *
BOSTON – The only other Cambridge police officer who was in the home of renowned black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. during the confrontation that led to his arrest said Friday that he and the arresting officer followed procedure.Patrolman Carlos Figueroa said in a police report that he heard Sgt. James Crowley, the arresting officer, ask for Gates’ identification and heard Gates say, “No, I will not!” He also said Gates was shouting at Crowley, calling him a racist and saying, “This is what happens to black men in America!”
Figueroa said Crowley did what he was supposed to do when he asked Gates for identification, because they were investigating a report of a suspected burglary. “Part of our protocol is to make sure we know who is in there (the home) and legally in there,” Figueroa told The Associated Press.
YESTERDAY MSNBC CONDEMNED THE POLICE AND EXHALTED GATES, LONG BEFORE DETAILS WERE AVAILABLE. PARTISAN, INFLAMMATORY, STUPID. NOT JOURNALISM.
TODAY, MSNBC’S ED SCHULTZ, LIKE HIS PRESIDENT, BACKED OFF, ATTEMPTING TO SOUND REASONABLE, OBJECTIVE, FAIR BALANCED. WHAT A TOOL. WHAT A CIRCUS. DUMBASS ED COULDN’T HELP HIMSELF THOUGH. HE STILL COULDN’T HELP ENGAGING HERO WORSHIP ADDRESSING OBAMA’S REACTION TODAY, WHICH IN OUR VIEW, WAS ENTIRELY INADEQUATE.