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July 29th, 2009

Gates 911 Caller Talks To Reporters

Lucia Whalen

911 caller in Gates case speaks out
“But when an elderly woman stopped her on Ware Street earlier this month and explained that someone appeared to be breaking into a nearby home, Lucia Whalen used her cellphone to make the call that led to the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and spawned a national controversy about race relations.

Since then, Whalen has been called a racist and has become a target of scorn by those who suggested she would have never made the call had two white men been seen struggling to open what had been a broken front door. The 40-year-old daughter of Portuguese immigrants said she has even been threatened.

In her first public comments, Whalen today contradicted a police report by the arresting officer, saying she had never told Cambridge Police Sergeant James Crowley that the men were black. She said she barely talked to Crowley.”


In a press conference today, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the president would likely hold what’s being dubbed “the beer summit” between Gates and Crowley at a picnic table behind the White House. He added the president will drink Bud Light and his guests will be offered their preferred beverages.


Whalen’s attorney Wendy Murphy said she didn’t expect an invitation and called it “funny” that Whalen wasn’t asked to come. “While the three men will have a beer at the White House, ‘The one person whose actions have been exemplary will be at work tomorrow in Cambridge, ” Murphy said. “Maybe it’s a guy thing. She doesn’t like beer, anyway.”"

I have a few thoughts, well questions really. While I’ll agree that a meeting dealing with race is a great idea doesn’t calling it a “beer summit” cheapen it?

Her attorney makes an excellent point. The policemen involved were invited. Why wasn’t Whalen?

Why does she have an attorney? Did she really have to get one just for making a 911 call?

Posted by Vixen as News at 11:26 PM CDT

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