Fueled by President Obama’s response to a question last night, the controversy over the disorderly conduct arrest of famed Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. got further life today when the arresting officer said he wouldn’t apologize.
His case seems to be that he arrested Gates in his own home for refusing, essentially, to lower his voice in speaking to the officer. Here’s the statute. Do you think refusing a cop’s order to quiet down constitutes a violation? Lawyers are chewing over the question, including on this blog.