So What Did The “Witness” To Gates Incident Say?

The ongoing saga of what actually happened and what was said in the now notorious case of Henry Louis Gates has raised more questions than answers. Lucia Whalen reported the incident and says she told the operator that an elderly woman had stopped her to report two men trying to get into a house. Whalen says she initially saw two men pushing on the door, but later stated one of the men entered the house and she did see two suitcases on the porch. “I don’t know if they live there and they just had a hard time with their key. But, I did notice they used their shoulder to try to barge in and they got in.” She originally did not mention race of the men but was pressed by the operator and said “one looked kind of Hispanic, but I’m not really sure.”

According to the report submitted by Sgt. Crowley he claims Ms. Whalen “went on to tell me that she observed what appeared to be two black males with backpacks on the porch.” Her lawyer says Ms. Whalen never mentioned the race of the men to Crowley.

It is quite clear there are now three versions of what happened– Gates, Crowley, and Whalen. Are we to assume Ms. Whalen will get an invitation to the White House to sit in on the now famous chat?

  • Anonymous

    Duh. What’s on the tape and what was told to Crowley on the scene took place at two different places and times. Also, Whalen’s attorney, Wendy Murphy, established herself as a conscienceless TV liar during the Duke Lacross scandal. She is not an asset to Whalen.

  • http://www.theimpudentobserver.com Fred Stopsky

    I don’t have a doubt if Ms. Whalen stated what Crowley wrote were her exact words not a word of complaint about her would come from your lips. I work with police and a good cop is the first to admit he has made mistakes. Sgt. Crowley is a good cop, he just made a mistake.

  • http://www.theimpudentobserver.com Fred Stopsky

    For some reason you know that Ms. Whalen is a liar just as you are convinced police never make mistakes. During the past decade over thirty cases of people convicted of murder have been proven wrong by law students who make use of DNA. The Police are human and make mistakes. Sgt. Crowley is not a liar. It was an emotional scene and he heard and saw what he wanted to see and hear. Reality is that African Americans and Hispanics are more subject to search and seizure than white males.