July 25, 2009

Is Henry Gates A Crook?

Dan Riehl discovered a possible reason why Harvard professor Henry Gates famously acted like such a arrogant jerk when approached by a police officer investigating a breaking and entering call last week.

Gates has been running an charity that seems to bank most of its donations, and may have thought the cops were coming to arrest him for that.

It's too soon to know for sure if Gates has done anything illegal with the funds that his charity hasn't properly accounted for, but I was Gates, I wouldn't worry.

If Obama Justice Department will cover for the New Black Panthers, I'm sure they'll cover for a personal friend, even if he acted "stupidly."

Posted by Confederate Yankee at July 25, 2009 08:57 AM

Curiousier and curiousier!

However, I'm sure the MSM will just blow this off too!

Posted by: Wolfman George at July 25, 2009 10:39 AM

I heard a theory yesterday that makes perfect sense to me, having interacted with Massachusett's liberal elites most of my life. Prof. perpetual outrage flew off the handle because Sgt Crowley didn't know who he was. Indignant professor has people kissing his butt and groveling to him all day long, and how dare this knave not recognize him and bow before his Ivy League better?

Posted by: Steve R. at July 25, 2009 11:34 AM

My take is that after showing his ID, and as the Sgt. was leaving, Gates had an "I coulda had a V-8!" moment. News exposure, book deal, street cred for being held down by The Man... I'm sure the opportunity was too good to pass up.

So he pursued the cop out of the house and harangued him until the officer had no choice but to arrest him.

Watch for Gates' mug shot to be on the book cover. Just as Rodney Kings parlayed a career as two bit street crook into civil rights icon, so has Gates parlayed a career as a two bit Harvard prima donna (a far less reputable and honest line of work) into - what? We haven't seen the end of it. Appearances on Oprah and The View, Larry King, fawning from Chris Mathews and Keith Olbermann, public invitations to the White House, standing ovations at Lincoln Center - Gates has made himself into the pretentious lefty's Mick Jagger.

In the meantime, Sgt, Crowley can expect the Joe the Plumber treatment.

Posted by: Steve Skubinna at July 25, 2009 01:56 PM

"The creator's concern is the conquest of nature. The parasite's concern is the conquest of men." ayn rand-"the fountainhead"(1943)

Posted by: chris at July 25, 2009 02:55 PM

I've looked at the 990 and it's a typical small private family foundation. There is absolutely nothing unusual about it including the art work donated to the charity as an asset of the charity or bought with funds from the charity. The art work is probably displayed in Gate's home or office to. Again that's normal with these small private family charities. As for the giving for a charity of this size it's not unusual to build up the assets and only give out small amounts and retain the principal. They often only give out the amount they accrue in interest during the previous year.

It's the charities choice about who to give the money to as long as it's within the charities mission. In this case research on African American issues. The charity couldn't give away the $ to support a hospital since that's not part of what the charity was set up to do. Giving $10k to his assistant is a little shaky but if it was separate research down outside of the scope of her job (probably paid for by Harvard)there isn't a problem with that either.

I doubt he could use it to pay for a trip to China to research Yo Yo Ma's genology. I forget where I saw that claim this morning. It wouldn't fit within the parameters of what the charity was set up to do.

As for late filing of paperwork again that's all to common with small private family charities. Go to and look at any number of them.

Posted by: Airedale at July 25, 2009 03:30 PM

Interesting. What or who is your source? I did a Google search on this and found absolutely nothing. It would be egregious of the man but I'm interested in who or what is currently investigating this. Who provided you with this information and what is the current status of the investigation?

I'm a Libertarian and the fact that a born and raised American citizen was taken from his own home in hand cuffs and arrested for disorderly conduct, disorderly conduct in his OWN HOME is the most blatant violation of our Constitution imaginable. I don't care what color his skin is, it's a socialist police state when an American citizen is not able to be free in his own home. A man's home is his castle. Last I checked, disorderly conduct was permitted in a man's home as long as it did not effect another man's home or another's peaceful existence within his own home. Wasn't there just a series of tea parties to protest this sort of behavior?

Posted by: Syntax at July 25, 2009 05:35 PM

Gates wasn't arrested because he was disorderly in his home. It was his behavior outside the home that got him arrested. Really, the arrest report is ready available. Is there some reason you feel compelled to post prior to reading the arrest report?

Please, read it before posting any further nonsense. You're sounding an awful lot like BO.

Posted by: Lisa at July 25, 2009 05:59 PM

Good thing the following exchange was edited out of Gates' tirade; otherwise, Obama would really be in trouble:

POLICEMAN: Please show me your I.D., sir.


Posted by: MarkJ at July 25, 2009 06:31 PM

Lisa, Gates was asked to step outside his home where he was subsequently arrested. It was still on his property and there is a picture where the man is being escorted out the front door of his home in cuffs. It was still the man's property and splitting hairs over a living room or front porch is no concern to me. I'm not that anal.

What's next? You can be arrested for disorderly conduct in your own home for having a dissenting point of view from government? You can be arrested for disorderly conduct in your own home for wearing a tee-shirt calling the President a Socialist or Nazi? You can be arrested for disorderly conduct in your own home for having hand guns or rifles? You can be arrested for disorderly conduct in your own home for posting a blog like this one? Are we the Soviet Union here? If Gates was a white guy and Obama didn't throw his two cents in on this, you'd be throwing a tea party on this guy's front yard screaming "Socialism"! Not saying your racists, just hypocrites. It's times like these that separate the TRUE Americans from the Conservative mouth pieces.

Posted by: Syntax at July 26, 2009 12:40 AM

I don't know why syntax continues to lie. Maybe if she repeats the same lie she'll think others will start believing it. As we all know the cop was leaving, LEAVING, when Gates went after the cop like a madman.

Posted by: Capitalist Infidel at July 26, 2009 08:26 AM

Hey Capitalist Infidel...I'm a "he" and a straight "he" at gay tea parties for me. And what's the lie? Have you read the Constitution? Too many syllables for you to input into Google? Can you even spell Google? Gates went after the cop while he was leaving?

Unless a law enforcement agent has a warrant signed and dated by a judge, it's my Constitutional right as an American citizen to tell that law enforcement agent to "get the f**k of my property!" Constitutional right! Not disorderly conduct! Maybe Communist Infidel is a more appropriate name for you.

Posted by: Syntax at July 26, 2009 08:51 AM

And I'm still trying to find out where this "investigation" of Gates is originating from. Who and/or what is investigating him and for what? What is the name of the charity? Does anybody have any information to substantiate the claim made in this blog? I Googled, Yahoo'd, Lexus Nexus'd it and have found nothing about this investigation.

Posted by: Syntax at July 26, 2009 08:56 AM

Syntax, nowhere in the Constitution does it say you are allowed to commit the crime of disorderly conduct, regardless of who you are or where you are. In this case the officer was investigating a possible burglary reported to the police and was obligated by law to enter the home. Do you believe you can commit a crime, run into your house, maybe cry, "Oly Oly Ocean Free" and the police can't come and get you? Obviously you've made up your mind based on false beliefs and, well, no one agrees with you.

Posted by: DoorHold at July 26, 2009 10:54 AM


"Professor Gates" + Charity


Posted by: scituate_tgr at July 26, 2009 04:25 PM

False beliefs? The Constitution of the United States of America is false beliefs? The Revolutionary War was false beliefs? The Bill Of Rights is false beliefs? The Constitutional Amendments is false beliefs? The concept of freedom in one man's home is false beliefs?

You're Socialists!

Posted by: Syntax at July 26, 2009 07:34 PM


you aren't a very good moby. I think even a paulbot has more sense than you are displaying.

Posted by: iconoclast at July 27, 2009 02:15 AM

I wonder what color the sky is in Miss Syntax's universe?

Posted by: Capitalist Infidel at July 27, 2009 07:33 AM

""The precedent-setting site is the only company in the field of genetic genealogy that will provide African Americans with family tree research in addition to DNA testing," its initial press release declared, adding that "a percentage of all profits will be donated to the Inkwell Foundation, dedicated to reforming the teaching of science and history in inner city schools using genetic and genealogical ancestry tracing.""

Am I the only one having the hairs on the back of his neck stand up while reading this????

This is what Harvard is supporting these days?


Posted by: usinkorea at July 27, 2009 06:42 PM


The common charities you mention whose core strategy is to hand out money through interest would have to have very large account. There is no way Gates' charity, with the money it has, could function as a charity based on bank or investment interest...


Syntax is displaying the ignorance of the law and common police procedures I'm seeing at other sites, and the information to recognize it as crap isn't hard to come by. Just watching the show Cops for awhile should educate you on the basics of law and practice.

Look up "probable cause" then explain to me how it is "unconstitutional" - which it must be - considering how the left is trying to work this Gates fiasco.

If you are stopped at the scene of a possible crime, you do not have the "right" to go berserk just because it is your property.

You also do not have the right to refuse to answer basic questions or offer an idea.

The police dispatch gives the police officer who arrives on the scene the probable cause to investigate if a crime has taken place or not.

If a person on the scene refuses to give a name or ID or explain why he/she is on the scene, the police are within their rights to hold that person until they can figure out who he/she is, whether a crime has been committed, and whether or not the person might be connected to a crime.

You don't even have to give the person a reading of Miranda rights if all you are asking are basic, common sense questions: What's your name? Do you have an ID on you? What are you doing here?

If you go berserk screaming about your rights and a citizen and property owner and refuse to answer these basic questions, there is a good chance you'll wind up cuffed, and if that will not calm you down, you've got a good chance of being charged with obstruction of justice or disorderly conduct or the likes.

The left's stuff about how the prof was inside his home or on his property is crap...

Posted by: usinkorea at July 27, 2009 09:09 PM

splitting hairs over a living room or front porch is no concern to me

Don't ever wind up in court then. Such distinctions are a huge deal in the law.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at July 27, 2009 10:41 PM