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Friends defend officer who arrested black scholar

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Friends and fellow officers - black and white - are defending the policeman who arrested renowned black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his home in Cambridge, Mass.

Supporters say Sgt. James Crowley is a principled police officer and family man who is being unfairly called a racist.

Gates accused the 11-year department veteran of racial profiling after Crowley arrested him for disorderly conduct last week. Crowley confronted Gates in his home after a woman passing by alerted police to a possible burglary.

President Barack Obama elevated the dispute when he said Cambridge police had "acted stupidly." Obama stepped back yesterday, telling ABC News, "It would have been better if cooler heads had prevailed."

Crowley told radio station WBZ-AM that, while he supports Obama "110 percent," he feels the president was "way off base" commenting on the incident without knowing all the facts.

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