President Barack Obama addressed the arrest of Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his own home during tonight's news conference tonight, saying "the Cambridge police acted stupidly."
The question was asked by Chicago Sun Times political reporter Lynn Sweet. (AMERICAblog live blog and Law Dork's Twitter) Obama acknowledged he and Gates were friends and he didn't know all the facts, but, "I think it's fair to say any of us would be pretty angry [and] the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home"
AFTER THE JUMP, our President addresses Skip Gates' outrageous arrest. The President reiterated the long history of blacks and Latinos being stopped and arrested by police disproportionately.Obama joked that if he tried to jimmy the lock at his current residence—the White House—"I'd get shot." Unfortunately he's not the only one who might get shot by the po-po trying to enter their own home.