Black cop at Gates arrest: I’m not an Uncle Tom
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A black sergeant who was at the home of Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. when he was arrested says he’s been maligned as an “Uncle Tom” for supporting the actions of the white arresting officer.
Cambridge Sgt. Leon Lashley gave a letter to Sgt. James Crowley to give to President Barack Obama during their so-called “beer summit” with Gates on Thursday night at the White House.
In the letter, which was also sent to CNN, Lashley says Gates “may have caused grave and potentially irreparable harm to the struggle for racial harmony.”
Lashley says he has become known as a traitor to his heritage by some because he “spoke the truth” about the arrest.
Gates was charged with disorderly conduct by police investigating a burglary. The charge was later dropped.
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