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Officer in Gates Arrest Not Allowed to Give Academy Speech

Officer in Gates Arrest Not Allowed to Give Academy Speech

Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley in front of his home in Natick, Mass. (AP Photo)

Patriot Ledger via YellowBrix

January 26, 2010

RANDOLPH, MA – State officials have overruled a push by police academy cadets to have the Cambridge police sergeant who sparked a national debate on race relations with his arrest of a prominent Harvard scholar speak at their graduation in Randolph.

Daniel Zivkovich, executive director of the Municipal Police Training Committee, said that officials felt Sgt. James Crowley’s presence would become the focus of the ceremony, rather than the accomplishments of the cadets.

Did you see? Two law enforcement professionals react to the Crowley-Gates incident.

Crowley declined to comment through a spokesman. His brother Daniel, a Middlesex deputy sheriff, said the 54 graduates of the Randolph Regional Police Training Academy last week asked that James Crowley speak at their April graduation.

Crowley, who is white, arrested Professor Henry Louis Gates, who is black, in July.

President Obama hosted the two men at a “beer summit” at the White House to diffuse tensions surrounding the case.

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  • Hand_max50


    over 4 years ago


    And let me guess, Mr Gates has not been denied any speaking engagements. Out my way this doesn't pass for right. Another educational, leadership opportunity passed over in favor of the safe place.

  • Car6_max50


    over 4 years ago


    It seems to be causing more problems/attention not allowing him to speak.

  • Blue_line_decal_max50


    over 4 years ago


    NOT having him speak at the graduation says more about the situation and realities of policing than having him speak ever could, actually...

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    over 4 years ago


    The state, aka politicians, are in charege of everything incluidng Leo's, it is good for the rookies to see that now. The, ahem, rev's wont be stepping into this for that is for damn sure.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    The cadets accomplishments should include the right to choose their graduation speaker

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    over 4 years ago


    Geez, I don't want to say anything, Zero H. OH'Booboo will send ACORN to my door and accuse me of PC crime........

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    What a crock of ****, the excuse they presented for not allowing him to speak makes no sense. What kind of attention would they get anyway? It is a graduation for cadet's families, friends, and the department. To hell with everyone else. How would that detact? Is the news media always in attendence at these graduations? I think not. It is another bone being tossed in the name of butt kissing, political correctness, currying favor from the black community. If the man did nothing wrong in making the arrest, why would he not be allowed to speak? I guess if they had their way, they would get a plastic surgeon to change Crowley's face, give him another name, and pretend he never exsisted. Move over "Remo Williams".

  • Iphone_002_max50


    over 4 years ago


    absolutly stupid, he is a good officer and should be able to speak.

  • Fish_014_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Absolutely Whalewatcher it seems its their ceremony let them decide who speaks it would be an honor to them to allow him to speak. This country is going backwards I swear!

  • Cot_max50


    over 4 years ago


    wonder if we will see the "revs" step in here. i highly doubt it.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    Letting the cadets choose their own speaker should be a reward for all of their hard work. Not allowing Sgt. Crowley to attend for appearances' sake sends the wrong message !!

  • Dressed_up__2__max50


    over 4 years ago


    If the cadets really want this, then they should do what they think is right. They want Sgt. Crowley to speak because they think his past actions were right. Not sure if they could refuse to attend the graduation ceremony and still recieve their accredidation or not.

  • Scan_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Sounds like a the Rookie class needs a place to have a party with a guest speaker after the graduation is over.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    "We are all of us ignorants... But we do not ignore the same things..."
    Albert Einstein.-

    "Nous sommes tous des ignorants... Mais, nous n'ignoront pas les memes choses..."
    Albert Einstein.-

    "Todos somos ignorantes... Pero no ignoramos las mismas cosas.."
    Alberto Einstein.-

  • Joefriday_max50


    over 4 years ago


    He all ready teaches it Vigilant,it is my understanding he teaches the ethics portion of thier academy. I am not against him speaking to them, unfortunately if he speaks to them I believe he will be watched and he will have to be politically correct and the media around it will not revolve around what matters on that day...That 54 men and women earned the privlege to wear a badge and be called police officers but the press will make it a "Crowley said" story...

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