As the media and public digest the recent summit between Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley, and President Obama, they should also focus in on the underlying cause of a dispute that grabbed national headlines.
And I’m not talking about racial tensions.
What most people fail to notice when they look at the dispute between Gates and Crowley is that there was another actor involved. A corporation. The City of Cambridge’s police department, which Sgt. Crowley works for, represents, serves and protects, is a corporation, just like your local Wal-Mart or Starbucks.
And while the Gates/Crowley situation has stoked racial tensions and questions of racial profiling within the Cambridge Police Department, the big question everyone has seemed to miss is, under a corporate structure, has corruption more readily invaded our municipal police departments?
Or, at the very least, is there an overall tendency toward racism and powerism among police associations?