Gates arrest: What are the odds?

July 24, 2009


Let’s see.  Louis Gates, a senior citizen, renowned professor at Harvard, walking with a cane, is arrested by the Cambridge police in his own home, for…shouting at a cop?  He violated the first rule of encountering the police force:  never antagonize an officer.  Still, what are the odds he would have been arrested if he hadn’t been black?  Much smaller, I’d say, but not zero!