“Powell then delivers words of wisdom, that he states he learned when he was young. Powell said, “I would say, the first teaching point is when you’re faced with an officer trying to do his job and get to the bottom of something, this is not the time to get in an argument with him. I was taught that as a child. You don’t argue with a police officer.
In fact, in our schools today, in order to make sure that we don’t have things escalate out of control and lead to very unfortunate situations, we tell our kids, when you’re being asked something by a police officer, being detained by a police officer, cooperate. If you don’t like what happened, if you think that you have been exposed to something that’s racist or prejudicial or something that’s wrong, then you make a complaint afterwards…”
When Larry King asked Colin Powell if he felt that Henry Louis Gates was wrong Powell replied, “I’m saying that Skip, perhaps in this instance, might have waited a while, come outside, talked to the officer and that might have been the end of it. I think he should have reflected on whether or not this was the time to make that big a deal.” Colin Powell also stated that he believed the Cambridge Police Department took things a bit to far as well. Powell said, “ On the part of the Cambridge Police Department, once they felt they had to bring Dr. Gates out of the house and to handcuff him, I would have thought at that point some adult supervision would have stepped in and said, OK, look, it is his house. Come on. Let’s not — let’s not take this any further. Take the handcuffs off. Goodnight, Dr. Gates.“
Great, so now that we have discovered the wheel for the 100th time, can we all stop talking about this meaningless incident now? Can we stop calling it a “teachable moment” or setting up beer outings on tax payers’ money?
Please… so many real problems out there and we are wasting time and energy on this. What a shame.