The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Race, Class and Crime in America
I'm going to file a complaint. Ogletree says Gates "never cursed, never seemed demeaning, but had this righteous indignation that he was not respected in his own house by a police officer who could have called the Harvard University police and verified that he was in his own house -- that he was not a burglar.
Ogletree sees two reasons the incident got out of hand: race and class. On one side you have the working-class police officer and on the other the well-known Harvard professor.
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Ogletree says, "I think the clash of those personalities on July 16 is what led to the escalation and the ultimate claim that Gates was engaged in disorderly conduct. Copyright NPR Skip to main content.
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