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I was about to write a post about this, when I saw that you beat me to the punch. At first I was irate-- incredulous that such a well-known academic could be subject to police action for a non-cause. However, as I thought about it, I got more frustrated because this incident hogs the headlines, but generates a feeling of incredulity in onlookers precisely because of Gates' fame-- and not because he is an average citizen experiencing an average encounter with law enforcement. I would prefer that news headlines focus on the more common events-- where low-income minorities regularly encounter law enforcement, and, when they are mistreated, are not given an apology by the city of Cambridge or coverage on CNN. -pilar
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