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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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