All I can say is that now people are beginning to see what I was writing about last week. The Gates Affair wasn’t race, it was a guy who thought he was able to lip off at a cop learning that cops don’t like to be put down. In any test of strenghth cops win. So prevent that from happening.
What Gates should have done? I dunno, I wasn’t there. But one thing is clear: the cop thought he was being given a hard time. Don’t do that. I’m not saying that you should do whatever the cop tells you (Gates was smart to refuse to “step outside” I believe) but do it respectfully. The cop has a gun. Say “sir”, don’t take a tone with him. If you want the name & badge number, you are entitled to them but ask for them politely. It’s hard, I know but be polite. Ms. Manners shows how to be polite but firm. Learn how. It can save you.