Police experts say Gates probably overreacted. But Sergeant Crowley appeared to let the situation spiral out of control, they add.
The woman who placed the call never said anything about black men breaking into Professor Gates's house. So how did it get into Sergeant Crowley's report?
The police union's combative press conference Friday was an example of how the profession closes ranks in times of trouble.
Sgt. James Crowley defends his actions in last week's incident with Professor Gates and says he doesn't "have anything to apologize for."
Did the president muddy a key policy issue at Wednesday's prime-time press conference, or was he right to speak his mind on the Gates arrest?
Obama had harsh words Wednesday for how police handled the arrest of Harvard professor Gates.