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Gates-Crashing, ctd

Colin Powell, who I have a lot of respect for, makes some reasonable points about how Gates probably should have used more discretion.  He’s right that it may have helped.  But what he doesn’t seem to recognize (or say) is that Gates is under no obligation to use discretion.  It is up to the police officers to practice it.  Sure it’s the civil thing to do to act politely to police officers (and certainly it is smarter if you aren’t looking to deal with the potential negatives) but sorry civil rights and civil liberties trump civility.

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