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July 30th, 2009
07:34 AM ET

'Jungle monkey' e-mail jeopardizes Boston officer's job

(CNN) - A Boston, Massachusetts, police officer who sent a mass e-mail in which he referred to Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. as "banana-eating" and a "bumbling jungle monkey" has been placed on administrative leave and faces losing his job.

Officer Justin Barrett, 36, who is also an active member of the National Guard, sent an e-mail to some fellow Guard members, as well as the Boston Globe, in which he vented his displeasure with a July 22 Globe column about Gates' controversial arrest.

The columnist, Yvonne Abraham, supported Gates' actions, asking readers, "Would you stand for this kind of treatment, in your own home, by a police officer who by now clearly has no right to be there?"

In his e-mail, which was posted on a local Boston television station's Web site, Barrett declared that if he had "been the officer he verbally assaulted like a banana-eating jungle monkey, I would have sprayed him in the face with OC [oleoresin capsicum, or pepper spray] deserving of his belligerent noncompliance."

Barrett used the "jungle monkey" phrase four times, three times referring to Gates and once referring to Abraham's writing as "jungle monkey gibberish."

He also declared he was "not a racist but I am prejudice [sic] towards people who are stupid and pretend to stand up and preach for something they say is freedom but it is merely attention because you do not get enough of it in your little fear-dwelling circle of on-the-bandwagon followers."

According to a statement from Boston police, Commissioner Edward Davis took action immediately upon learning of Barrett's remarks, stripping the officer of his gun and badge. Barrett is "on administrative leave pending the outcome of a termination hearing."

CNN has been unable to reach Barrett for comment.

Davis wants Barrett, a two-year veteran of the Boston police force, fired, a source close to the investigation said. But Barrett will continue to be paid while on administrative leave, and no date has been set for his termination hearing.

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  1. Zusie Q

    What is a persons heart and mind often comes out of of their mouth and action.s Officer Barrett claims that he is not a racist. Look up the word Denial Mr. Barrett and you will see yourself big time! As with any negative habit or addiction one must first admit they have a problem. Hate can be every bit as powerful and intoxicating as love while it makes certain people feel superior and gives them a target to vent misplaced frustrations and blame it is a yoke of bondage that will contribute to the haters own self-destruction. Grow-up Mr. Barrett and take responsibility for your own misplaced angry and lack then you may find yourself a more merciful human being.

    August 15, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  2. anonymous

    A friend just sent me a warning that has gone out of a really bad epidemic called "foot and mouth disease, but she said not to worry because you have to be really stupid to get it!!! That Boston Police officer has a severe case of it!!!

    August 7, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  3. anonymous

    The remark Officer Barrett made just proved Pro. Gates point, or either we all just got Punk'd cause nobody is that stupid!

    August 7, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  4. Robert

    Now this is no doubt wrong period. Now as for this sit down, that tells us what about obama. This country is in trouble. I feel Mr Obama fell short by bringing this out even more. The news media is not helping by continuing to blast this crap everyday. I use the word crap because the 2 parties involed are both wrong in the way they handled this. Let turn the page people.

    August 2, 2009 at 12:13 am |
  5. Claude Gray

    Anyone who saw Officer Crowley's press conference after the "beer chrade", could clearly see and ascertain that the officer is no lier. He
    is a trained diciplined man and presents himself too well.
    I suspect that Professor Gates (only my opinion) probably is a lier and to some degree (perhaps unconciously) is racist. In
    Maurine's Dowd's column in the New York Times, she wrote a very inaccurate article, but inadvertantly disclosed that Gates used the
    "expletive" word to her while talking to her on the phone. It follows that he would easily have used the Mother word to Sgt. Crowley.
    Gates is married to a white woman and maybe the marriage is a good one, however, in most cases, Black women seem to make better and happier wives when married to white men, than do white women when married to Black men. Gates is partly white, but the odds are 98% that he does have a problem with his "black genes".

    August 1, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  6. Bernice

    I am a white woman, but fully agree! This should never be tollerated! He should be fired with NO BENEFITS whatsoever! There is no need in such racism, and should be stopped...on BOTH SIDES! FIRE ALL of those involved! Start putting the foot down, and gain control of the situation, where we can ALL live as Americans, what ever color you may be!

    July 31, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  7. Gab (ex-CNN fan)

    I used to watch you guys religiously; and I hated FoxNews because they are so obviously pro Republican, and MSNBC because they are blatantly pro Demacrat. I THOUGHT you guys were politically neutral, however I was mistaken, as soon as Obama took office you became a cheerleader for his administration. So sad... Anyway, I now have nowhere to turn for real news, everyone has an agenda. I shouldn't be surprised though, since CNN and all others news organizations are a business first and can not offend thier owners and sponsors.

    I dare you guys to actually talk about the REAL news, like how our country is becoming a socialist nation. While that might appear good in the short term, long term effects of a socialistic government is bankruptcy.

    What about a story about our loss of freedom? With a little bit of journalistic investigating (if you are still capable of such a thing) you will realize that there are high ranking members in the Executive Branch and even the the Congress who are discussing using the WHO and FEMA to implement a mandatory vacination program for the H1N1 virus.

    Bush destroyed the Constitution and now Obama is sadly following in his footsteps.

    July 31, 2009 at 9:00 am |
  8. Gay R

    Totally "stupid" remarks made by this Boston police officer. Even totally "stupider" was emailing those remarks to others. I so disagree with his thoughts and his actions. But . . . . why shouldn't he be allowed to keep his job (perhaps at a desk rather than "on the beat") and attend classes on anger management, racial profiling, etc? Many people commenting on the Michael Vick reinstatement to the NFL were more than willing to forgive him since he had "paid" his debt to society by being incarcerated for 18+ months and agreed to attend some sort of classes on behavior to animals and to make commercials about treatment towards animals. They didn't want to take away his livelihood (millions of $). Why would this be different? I'm pretty sure this officer doesn't make millions. He didn't physically torture or kill anyone or anything. Doesn't he also deserve a 2nd chance?

    I'm just sayin'

    And let's face it – these types of comments will NEVER go totally away. There will always be those peoples who are racists, bigoted, ammoral, characterless, ethically challenged, gender biased, etc. Not that they should be allowed to continue their hateful spewings but WHY BE SURPRISED that it is still happening in 2009? It has happened since the beginning of time. We as a people need to continue to try to educate the human race about right and wrong.

    July 31, 2009 at 8:56 am |
  9. Lesa

    I believe the boston cop is in fact a racist. There is no way in hell that a statment like that should be overlooked nor sugar coated coming from a cops mouth. He spoke his mind and it is what it is. This man isn't affraid that everyone knows he is a racist, the fact of the matter is that he may lose his job behind the statment he has made. So whats going to happen? Is he going to be allowed to stay on as a cop, with his racist attitude to harrass and make more racist comments against AFRICAN AMERICANS? Or will the Boston Police Dept. and/or the Mayor do the right thing and fire him? I am tired of hearing about a cop being racist, when they are out to protect the people. The big question is who are they protecting? One race and one race only, it seems. I know that every cop isn't racist, but if you are a AFRICAN AMERICAN OR A LATINO, and for any reason have any encounter with a racist cop, you best better believe you're going down. Its time for change in the police department. If you can't trust a cop to protect you when in need. What do you do?

    Mr. Boston Cop, its nice to know who you are, and thanks for not being affraid to let us know. And now its time for you to step down as a cop. Im sure there's something else you can do. For future reference, REMEMBER TO ALWAYS THINK TWICE.

    July 31, 2009 at 8:35 am |
  10. michellbell

    I LIKE HOW CNN & OTHER NEWS OUTLETS HAVE CONVENIENTLY LEFT OUT THE FACT THAT CROWLEY ONLY ARRESTED GATES AFTER GATES ASKED FOR HIS NAME & BADGE NUMBER. CROWLEY GOT UPSET AND THEN ARRESTED HIM. STATE ALL OF THE FACTS, NOT JUST THOSE FACTS THAT MAY CROWLEY LOOK LIKE THE POOR COP WHO WAS TREATED BAD BY SOMEONE WHO WAS ARRESTED IN THEIR OWN HOME AFTER SHOWING I.D. AND ASKED FOR THE COP'S NAME & BADGE NUMBER.
    I DON'T CARE WHAT COLOR YOU ARE, ANYONE WOULD HAVE REACTED THE SAME WAY.

    July 31, 2009 at 7:34 am |
  11. michellbell

    WOW! the guy sends out a racist email, using racist terms several times and said that if he had been "verbally assaulted" (what a joke!) like that, he would have pepper sprayed Gates. Hmm! what more evidence does white america need to see to know that racist cops like this have hide behind their badges, guns, & pepper spray decades to exhibit & highlight their racist attitudes toward minority citizens. Now he is saying that what he did was a "mistake".
    No, it's called "i-want-to-keep-my-job-so-I'll-say-anything-so-i-can-continue my-racist-attitudes/behavior" excuse. NOBODY'S FOOLED.

    July 31, 2009 at 7:27 am |
  12. Daniel, Long Island

    At the time that he "authored" the foul email Justin Barrett was apparently in a state of mind that unleashed his true personality. A personality that should not have been allowed on any police department or in any army unit. He will be fired.

    July 31, 2009 at 7:01 am |
  13. Joe Citizen

    These supremacist racists are despicable, they show their true colors in their deep rooted DNA and then pay some high priced lawyers who are payed to play with words and run their spiel to turn their clients heartfelt feelings in words around. The only thing this supremacist racist is sorry about is that he was caught being hatefully stupid and angrily arrogant to email the Globe as an angry racist. His angered racist comments is proof of his true colors, he showed it, he busted himself! Now, after the realization of his stupidity slaps him in the face he expects everyone to forgive him for being verbally threatening, spewing his supremacist hate-mongering rhetoric to other human beings simply because of the color of their skin and pleads for his job and now expects us to allow him to continue his hatred "with" a badge and a gun as a "public servant" saying he "IS NOT" a racist after publicly saying what he said and taking action the way he did! Now he thinks we are just as stupid as he is. What a slap in the face. I don't know whether it is better to fire him and wonder what he then does as a fired racist or keep him employed so that he can be surveilled and kept in check!

    July 31, 2009 at 6:54 am |
  14. F. Reeves

    The officer comments about Mr. Gates, as well as, Glen Beck makes me afraid for the future of America. Both should lose their jobs!

    July 31, 2009 at 6:52 am |
  15. Al

    How many people has this officer arrested who have made a simple stupid mistake. They had to be responsible. So does he. Fire him.

    July 31, 2009 at 6:43 am |
  16. Isabel

    This is the perfect example of a 'racist' speaking before thinking. Barrett should have known that his public outcry would result in a suspension and much publicized criticism in the media. He commented that what he is prejudiced against is 'stupid people......' Nothing is more stupid that what he did. If he wanted to make a point about police officers risking their lives every day, he should have chosen his words more carefully in his E-mail to fellow officers and in his response to the newspaper article. He went on national television last night (Larry King Live), accompanied by his lawyer, to convince the public that he is not a racist. Oh really? I hope he loses his job over this.

    July 31, 2009 at 6:38 am |
  17. Karen

    How can someone who used that term 4 times in an e-mail declare he is not a racist? So Justin, what is your definition of racist?

    July 31, 2009 at 6:36 am |
  18. keith

    since when is being upset with a police officer in your own home, when you've committed no crime an arrestable offense?

    July 31, 2009 at 6:34 am |
  19. Black Cherokee

    As an African-American (and minorities of other races can attest) we witness this type of hidden behavior all the time. Whites that claim not to be prejudiced or "racist" yet when the opportunity arises, their true prejudice is demonstrated. Maybe it's time for white America to stop criticizing Black America and acknowledge that White Americans are hypocrites and not as color-blind as they profess to be.

    July 31, 2009 at 6:28 am |
  20. keith

    If FAUX news was "fair & balanced" the would have given equal time to the Boston police officers email referring to Mr. Gates with a well known stereotype, (remember "gorillas in the midst") instead of portraying the president s criticism of the Cambridge PD as "an attack on all police officers" (Sean Hannity).
    Sadly, this whole episode from the arrest, to the Presidents comments to the Boston Police officers email is a surprise only to non people of color . People of color KNOW that racial profiling exists
    and white racists do serve in local police departments.

    July 31, 2009 at 6:27 am |
  21. Diane

    Absolutely floored to think that the Boston policeman who referred to Professor Gates as a "Banana Eating Jungle Monkey" wants the public to believe he is not racist! This individual appeared on Larry King last night to apologize to the police force and people he may have offended. Oh, cry me a river of crocodile tears. When asked where he got that language from, he feigned ignorance. I will answer that for you, Sir. You learned it your family, peer group, or society as a whole. Not once did he apologize to Dr. Gates, African Americans, humans, or his fellow Americans. He simply spoke in generalities and rambled on and on as if he was a victim. This officer should not be allowed to serve and protect diverse communities. I definitely do not believe a Secret Service person who held such beliefs would be allowed to protect President Obama, and he shouldn't. If he is too risky to serve President Obama, he is too risky to serve fellow Bostonians. I call for this officer's badge to be placed in permanent retirement. He doesn't deserve a 2nd chance if he is baffled as to what he did wrong and how he can improve.

    July 31, 2009 at 6:26 am |
  22. Curtis L. Winston

    I am appalled by what Justin Barrett of the Boston Police Department wrote in an E-Mail about the Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. I can’t see how Mr. Barrett can actually do his job as a Police Officer. I can’t even refer to him as an officer. An officer who makes this type of comments via verbal, written, or through and E-Mail, shows that he has no place on any type of Law Enforcement. His credibility is now in question. Who can trust Mr. Barrett. He should have looked over the oath of office the accepted, he is to protect all, even those who are weak or mistreated because of their backgrounds no matter how different it may be. This is something that should have been discovered during his background investigation to become a member of Law Enforcement. I am sure there were signals or flags while he was attending the Police Academy. The best thing to do now that the damage has been done and the community he works in will not ever be able to see him as a credible person anymore, he should be terminated. This is going to be hard on him but this is a no brainer type decision his department, the city, and his superiors must make.

    July 31, 2009 at 6:26 am |
  23. cheryl

    I am a 5th grade public school teacher and as soon as I heard and read the quotes coming from the officer, I knew that it was a racist comment. Yes, he said it out of anger because that is what is deeply bedded inside of him. People use the internet as their means of expressing what they truly feel because they think that no one can actually "see them." But we do "see them" for who they truly are. My prayers are with him and other officers/people who share his same view. This was a racist comment. Let's not be blind.

    July 31, 2009 at 6:21 am |
  24. Jack

    This is an obvious case of racism. This man should be fired. Racism is a major problem in law-enforcement. An example should be made by firing this man from his position. Zero tolerance for racism.

    July 31, 2009 at 6:18 am |
  25. Gene Patrick

    In the science of Psychology, the saying goes "The first comment is the most accurate" This officer, who is charged with protecting the public...NO MATTER THEIR ETHNIC BACKGROUND.....has shown his true colors and SHOULD NOT be retained.

    Police officers are the first line of defense, coming between the general public and those who would do that public harm. If we, the public cannot, trust them to, as in the words of Martin Luther King," Judge people on their conduct, rather than the color of their skin", then we are all in danger....regardless of the color of our skin. Those who cannot look past the color of skin in our police departments are not worthy of wearing the uniform. Period, end of story.

    July 31, 2009 at 6:17 am |
  26. Al

    This Police Officer has not only shown his racist attitutude, he has compromised his ability to be effective in a black/white situation. Any arrest he might make of a black suspect or of any ethnic minority would immediately be questioned on the grounds of discrimination and a jury would have to listen to these complaints and his explanation.

    Too bad he has to lose a really good job during a deppression, but what he said and did were really stupid and he should be held responsible. A great many people are arrested and go to prison over a single stupid incident.

    July 31, 2009 at 6:14 am |
  27. KAREN

    The Boston police officer is correct! Gates IS a banana-eating jungle monkey! Nothing to apologize for and the officer shouldn't have been put on leave. This is AMERICA! It's a FREE COUNTRY! We can express any opinions we want and the FIRST AMENDMENT gives us that right.

    July 31, 2009 at 6:10 am |
  28. Me

    He's a RACIST! FIRE HIM!

    July 31, 2009 at 6:09 am |
  29. Eric

    @ those who didn't believe that this kind of stuff goes on in 2009: Er, do you need any other evidence? It's sad but it's true that these ideas are still prevalent. He not sorry he said these things; he's sorry he got caught!

    July 30, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  30. Lou Adams--Ky

    Let's just hope and pray that this gentlemen dosen't one day really need the police, instead of it being a comedy of errors. Because I have a sneaky feeling any officer in the area is going to be wary of responding to this address in future. And as for turning it over to a black Sgt. why? When an officer of the Law stops you or is investigating a possible problem, there may not be one available who is of the same race as you, and it shouldn't be necessry anyway. I am a white woman, who drives truck cross country. I have been in 46 states, Canada and Mexico, and since I haul hazmat, (Medicines from ky to San Francisco, and back) , there is a tendacy to pay more attention to my truck. I know this and am pulled in on frequent occasions for inspection, and at times by Black or Latino men, and I have never had a problem, I am simply " driver", when they ask for log books and papers. I don't assum they're picking on me, I know they have to pay attention to anything placarded, and not because I'm a woman. I keep my books and paperwork straight, and have them readily presentable when I go into the station house and I am out in 5 minutes, where some other "person", with an attitude problem is usurally still sitting there when I leave, cursing under their breath about why dosen't the officer go catch a real crook! even though they were there when I showed up. These men risk their lives for us, show a little respect, until they do something to not deserve it. Don't judge them all by the few bad apples that exist in every barrel.

    July 30, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  31. Lou Adams--Ky

    @jazz.com–resolution and peace culd have been had very easily, when the officers realized that Mr. Gates was the homeowner and were leaving, all he had to do was laugh at the craziness of having a college professor thought to be a burgler, and said, "no problem, officers thanks for responding so quickly and have a nice day." I'm not saying to keep the "stuff" going, it definately needs to stop! But I am saying that the lesson needing learned needs to be learned by Mr. Gates and the President.– #1-don't go balistic on the police and assume they're the bad guys, and #2, you do not call people names, ESPECIALLY if your the President of the United States and ESPECIALLY if you don't have all the facts!!

    July 30, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  32. Don Anderson

    It's a common thing now to hear cries of complaint from those schooled in the art of casting themselves as victims: constantly demanding their rights while refusing in their personal lives to be held responsible to any standard of human decency.

    Often men can resolve their differences due to bonding first learned: on a ball field, an army barracks or even a frat house. Beware of those who have learned to thrive without bonding with wives and children or brothers and sisters.

    July 30, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  33. Kara

    Fir e him. Tell him downright to get lost. is not in Boston.

    July 30, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  34. alton futch

    This whole mess with gates and crowley could have been avoided if gates simply showed his i.d. to the cops and then thanked him for being thurough. Instead I see gates as the racist and crying "poor me i'm black" Thats pathetic and i'm the last one to defend a cop but gates was wrong!!!! Gates made that situation a racist issue , not the cop.Gates should be ashamed of himself and apologize to the country for making us all have to hear his crap! Yes there is racism in our world, in EVERY color, but gates just helped to make things worse. Shame on you gates!!!

    July 30, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  35. glenda m.

    Why can't these two men just admit to disagree with each other. I think this professor is embarrassed over his actions and thinks he can get people thinking its something else–like profileing. I heard the tapes and he was over the top. But you would think that the police could have just chalked it up to he was tired and call it a day. After all name calling isn't killing anyone. Then this mess wouldn't be still going on. There are more important matteres in this world then some ruffled feathers of two grown men. What about that soldier that the Taliban has? I don't care how they got him. He is one of our sons and I want him back safe and sound. His mother must be in hell over this. All the news people can talk about is some hurt feelings or politics. We need to know how jobs are going to come back to the usa? When prices are going down so the elderly and eat, get their med's, and feed their pets? Pets are important to the elderly Thanks for your time.

    July 30, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  36. R Nedd

    As far as that police officer he or a lot of people like him does not think there is nothing wrong with what he said because they have been saying or thinking like that for years & years once some white people no you they feel that is okey to use racial slurs and you should laugh it off or you should not feel bad because they were only kidding you should check out the person he was sending it to

    July 30, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  37. JEZEBEL58

    Allegedly is hearsay,was it told to someone who passed it on to another and that person passed it on to another,NO.It was sent out via email to a newspaper and other colleagues who are "not racist" Why is it that when people make comments like these and are caught their first response from that person is "I am not a racist "because I have friends of all color.I had a couple of white friends who are older and on occasion did make a few comments about blacks and other races who are no longer my friends.Barrett said how he felt and although he may have "friends "of different color,are they invited to his house for dinner?I have been off sick for seven months and counting and watch CNN from 7 a:m to 11 switching back and forth to one other network and it's amazing all the comments about just about everything.Saying someone did something stupidly and calling someone stupid are two different things.I get to watch my fellow Canadian John Roberts all over again.

    July 30, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  38. R Nedd

    When SGT.Crowley went to that house he was a white THINKING officer when your white if your a pope or a prsident your actions are white and Proffeser Gates was THINKING as a black man the oficer acted stupidly because he could have handed over the case to that black Sgt. and what could Proffeser Gates say then the black sgt was just standing there i blame him for not stepping in

    July 30, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  39. Jazz

    @ Don Anderson and Lou Adams-ky... it's sometime hurtful and obvious that there is disparity in treatment in many different forms in our country. America is at a racial crossroads and for someone to take a stand not to sit down with another man /woman because they have disagreed speaks to the value system of that American... at the end of the day, it would seem that resolution and peace is the goal...but maybe I'm wrong.

    July 30, 2009 at 9:59 am |
  40. Don Anderson

    As a minority, I wonder why it is that we seek out and report white male racist behavior exclusively? It's just a way of saying that we condemn racist behavior from white men who should know better but it is understandably overlooked from others. Am I right or am I wrong?

    July 30, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  41. Lou Adams--Ky

    I stand behind Sgt Crowley.If I understood correctly he responded to a breakin call and when presented with id and proof of residency, was leaving until Mr. Gates started yelling , cursing and eventually flipped him off. In this case, Mr. Gates deserved to be arrested. ? It didn't really matter whaat color the man was, his neighbor reported a breakin, and unless Crowley had met him previously, how was he to know that he was the owner of the home? He was merely doing his job, protecting the home of a citizen, Both Gates and the President were wrong, one for freaking out and yelling at police officers who were trying to protect his belongs and the other for calling the police "stupid", before he knew all the facts. I wouldn't let them off so easy by having a beer with them in such a public way to let people know "all"s ok". I wouldn't have anything to do with either one of them.
    However if Justin Barrett did send this email, then he should be terminated, no matter what occured during the arrest procedure! We cannot have public officials and police officers walking around with authority over other people with opinions like this. They have to be completely fair and able to be a person who really means it when they say race, color, or religion is not a consideration. I have always said I don't care if someone is green and comes from Mars, or how or who they pray to, long as he or she treats me right and lives a good honest hardworking lifestyle. That is exactly they way a police officer must think.

    July 30, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  42. Don Anderson

    Put him in the stocks – it's legal – it's cheap and it's effective

    This sort of frat behavior is meant to be a private thing shared among peers. It's a macho thing that gets a giggle from fellow officers and before it is soon forgotten.

    Public stocks were typically positioned in the most public place available. It worked. Rather than firing this guy – why not use every poplular internet venue to publish his message – word for word with his name attached. It would be there on public display for his: fellow officers, children and friends to witness. Anyone considering such a prank in teh future would think twice.

    July 30, 2009 at 9:16 am |
  43. Jazz

    Wow as a black man working in law enforcement I'm embarrassed that this type of ignorance is a reality in our profession especially when both parties of the incident have agreed to sit down.

    July 30, 2009 at 9:07 am |
  44. nancy

    There's no room for a racist officer like that! He's gotta go!

    July 30, 2009 at 9:06 am |
  45. Wren

    1960 just slipped back up on us and somehow people see to either be comfortable with it, or if they voice their displeasure with it they get labeled and called all kind of childish names.

    It is good to see though that those that really "CLAIM" not be racist show their true colors. It is however not pleasant to know they still get paid while supposedly being punished for it.

    And America wonders why we still have to enlighten this country about certain races and color and how not to hate them? I think everyday events that 'do' get in the news and printed in the paper should be clue enough, if not for the ones that never get seen, heard or reported.

    Some should read this and look at the meaning and impact of what it signifies. I know the majority will see some words and fly off the wall, but look beyond the first C word and take in its meaning. This is happening now in this country. Who has the courage to do something besides sit and gripe about it till it is too late?

    First They Came

    First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out–
    because I was not a communist;
    Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out–
    because I was not a socialist;
    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out–
    because I was not a trade unionist;
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–
    because I was not a Jew;
    Then they came for me–
    and there was no one left to speak out for me.

    Martin Niemoeller

    July 30, 2009 at 8:56 am |
  46. CHUCK

    I am standing by my words-Sgt Crowley is a "RACIST" and should have been terminated because he was the one that broke all the rules of law.

    July 30, 2009 at 8:49 am |
  47. Richard

    Where is th teachable moment for this Officer? I dont like waht he said but it was not relating to his employment and was off duty. Is he denied freedom of speech? Prof Gates will suffer no such discipline for his actions . If Sgt Crowley was out of line you cn bet he would have been disciplined too.

    July 30, 2009 at 8:43 am |
  48. Hubert Bertrand Oberlin La.

    The media and politicians and ceo's can use (CNN) and say what they want. Us little people like the lady that tried to do her duty and call in to report a crime.MAYBE? People and the MEDIA treat us like dummys.You want to know why some people don't call. The MEDIA blow it out of peportion.Not all media is the same. Some is looking for (MONEY) To sell a story.Otherwise you don't hear us.

    July 30, 2009 at 8:31 am |
  49. JoAnn from Iowa

    Fire him now!!

    He is racist and should not be allowed to carry a gun! He used the term over and over in the e-mail and he sent it to a newspaper. He obviously wants attention. Stop putting him on tv. Too bad he isn't smart enough to be embarassed.

    July 30, 2009 at 8:25 am |
  50. Heyward

    Terminate him, there should be no room on ANY POLICE force for people like Justin Barrett.

    July 30, 2009 at 8:13 am |
  51. Larry

    Fire him.

    Racists on the police forces are what gets us into these positions.

    July 30, 2009 at 7:37 am |
  52. Jack, Montauk, NY

    STOP USING THE TERM JUSTIN BARRETT ALLEGEDLY USED TO REFER TO HENRY GATES! Bad enough that he used it! NOW FOR American Morning TO REPEAT IT OVER AND OVER IS LUDICROUS!!!! (If not racist on CNN's part)

    July 30, 2009 at 7:35 am |