NATICK, Mass. (AP) - The white police officer who arrested Henry Louis Gates Jr. says he won't apologize to the black Harvard scholar -- and that he's disappointed by President Barack Obama's remarks about the incident during a nationally televised news conference last night.
Asked about Gates' arrest after he had to force his was into his own Cambridge, Mass., home last week, Obama said "any of us would be pretty angry." He added that the police "acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home."
In radio interview today, Sgt. James Crowley maintains he did nothing wrong and that the president "doesn't know all the facts." Police say Gates at first refused to show Crowley identification and accused the officer of racism.
A spokesman says Obama wasn't calling the officer stupid, but was just suggesting that cooler heads should have prevailed.