Race Not Mentioned in Gates 911 Call

The 911 caller who reported a possible break-in at the home of Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. did not mention race in the call, according to a statement issued by her attorney and backed up by Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert Haas. 

According to the Detroit Free Press, Lucia Whalen placed the 911 call July 16, saying she saw two men on Gates’ front porch who appeared to be trying to force open the front door. The call led to the arrest of Gates by Cambridge police on a disorderly conduct charge, and the resulting national firestorm.

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