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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:32 PM
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Cambridge police release details of Crowley’s record

The Boston Globe
Sergeant cleared in 8 citizen complaints
Cambridge police release details of Crowley’s record


Eight citizen complaints have been filed against Cambridge police Sergeant James M. Crowley during his 11 years on the force, including two by black males who alleged racial bias, according to internal affairs reports made public yesterday.


Crowley, whose arrest of Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. last month sparked a national debate on race that was inadvertently stoked and then calmed by President Obama, was cleared of wrongdoing in all eight instances by internal affairs investigators, according to reports provided by the Police Department.

Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert C. Haas wrote that Crowley has made or helped make 422 arrests, participated in about 800 criminal investigations, and issued 1,866 citations for motor vehicle infractions and other offenses.

“It is noteworthy that despite Sergeant Crowley’s numerous arrests and citations, only eight citizen complaints have been filed against him, which represents less than 1 percent of his interactions with the public,’’ Haas said in a three-page letter that accompanied the documents.

Crowley, who is white, arrested Gates, a black professor, and charged him with disorderly conduct during the investigation of a possible break-in at his house on July 16. Authorities later dropped the charges.

http://www.boston.com/news/education/higher/articles/20...
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PM Martin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:40 PM
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1. Should I get the popcorn now?
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imdjh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:49 PM
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9. Yeah, I'm kind of bored right now.
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wroberts189 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:16 PM
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17. A friend of a friend said you should avoid the microwave stuff.


Something about "popcorn lung"
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Stephanie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:40 PM
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2. Only eigtht complaiints
Give him a medal.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:44 PM
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3. This is completely meaningless
without knowing what the complaint numbers are for other officers on the force.

If he had complaints in 1% of all interactions, is that a low number or a high number?

Similarly, if two black people said they thought he was a racist cop, what does that mean? Is that high or low?
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Statistical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:57 PM
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4. Antecodatal I know but I have a friend who is a cop and he gets about 1 to 2 complaints per month.
So that would be 132 to 264 over 11 year period.

My friends record is considered good because usually what matters is founded complaints. That is complaints where a legitimate problem was found.

8 complaints (only 2 for racial issues) is incredibly low IMHO.
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lib2DaBone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:58 PM
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5. He's a great Zero-Tolerance Police Sergeant.....
No tolerance for blacks, no tolerance for students, no tolerance for white people, no tolerance for ANYTHING! He is perfect in the eyes of City Administrators. He's a cash-generating machine for the court system. And.. he is probably an instructor at the Police Academy.
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wroberts189 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:05 PM
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6. There should be no complaints. nt
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The Doctor. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:47 PM
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7. Jesus Christ would get complaints.
Sure, he wouldn't be a cop, but you get the idea.

People complain under any circumstances.
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wroberts189 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:02 PM
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12. Well I am no expert on police complaints per officer for sure.


So I will shut up.



But 8 complaints? Come on.. it takes time and effort to file one.
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imdjh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:11 PM
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14. Most defense tactics take time and effort.
How many of these cases have we read since the Gates affair in which charges were dropped when police misconduct was alleged? No defense like a good offense.
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wroberts189 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:14 PM
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16. "No defense like a good offense.".. Damn I wish more Dems. thought like you. nt


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MUAD_DIB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:30 PM
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20. I have a problem with what you just wrote...
:) Fooled Ya!
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The Doctor. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:18 PM
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25. Always someone...
Lil' Mouse ;)
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Skip Intro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:37 PM
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22. But the complaints were investigated, they didn't hold up. I know it's easy to be cynical about
that, but would the police dept. cover his ass 8 times? Either this police department is corrupt to the core, or he really was not guilty of the offenses complained about. Unless there's a third likelyhood I'm completely missing.
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imdjh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:49 PM
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8. Given that Gates accused Crowley of racism immediately upon arrival....
... how much weight should such an allegation carry, especially when it's most likely made by a much lesser light than a Harvard Professor.
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lib2DaBone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:58 PM
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11. Is it a secret that Black People are sensitive about Police Heavy Hand tactics?
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imdjh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:09 PM
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13. Is Stargate Atlantis more realistic than Star Trek?
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:11 PM
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15. They aren't sensitive, are you familiar with 'driving while black'?
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wroberts189 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:19 PM
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18. Not for (some) of us white males living in the reality based community. nt
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TexasObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:53 PM
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10. He's still a major douche nozzle.
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wroberts189 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:21 PM
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19. +1 ...you said it not me. :) nt
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bertman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:33 PM
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21. I'd like to have a beer with Crowley and ask him why he didn't put Gates in a choke hold
when Gates started accusing him of being a racist.

:evilgrin:

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imdjh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:41 PM
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23. it's funny. Treat a household servant like crap and you're an elitist piece of shit.
Treat a public servant like crap, and you're a working class hero.
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:48 PM
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24. and how many complaints have been made against Professor Gates
?
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imdjh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 02:34 PM
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26. Maybe cops need tenure.
Edited on Mon Aug-24-09 02:34 PM by imdjh
If Gates had gotten demerits for every racist remark he's ever made, he'd be an ice cream truck driver.
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