The Professor, Policeman and President

Barack Obama on Thursday backed off a statement he made the day before that Cambridge, Mass., police
�acted stupidly� during the arrest of prominent Harvard University
scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

to the Detroit Free Press, Obama said he never
intended to call the officer �stupid� for arresting Gates on a disorderly
conduct charge, which was dropped. Sgt. Jim Crowley,
a police academy instructor on the dangers of racial profiling, said earlier in
the day that he did nothing wrong and will not apologize to Gates. The
professor did not speak publicly Thursday.

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