Letter to Mayor Simmons, Cambridge Mass.

July 24, 2009
Mayor E. Denise Simmons
Cambridge City Hall
795 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139


As I get older, I find myself wondering and inquiring about places on the planet where I can retire. Three places I will never homestead are Flint Michigan, North Korea, or Libya. I feel this needs no further explanation. Especially that country ran by the wacko Kim Jung IL . With all that dictatorial power, you would think he would be a snappy dresser. Let’s hope when he takes the big sleep, the next despot will shop at Brooks Brothers.
A new place I have placed on the list is the City of Cambridge. After reading this sentence, I have an idea of what you are thinking. Here is a letter that bloviates upon the jack booted officers that harass the citizenry of my city. This is very far from the truth. I will never move to Cambridge with the wife and cats due to the anarchy being allowed by your administration. People yelling on their lawn creating a disturbance will never help with a relaxing retirement.
The incident I am citing involves the professionalism exhibited by Sergeant James Crowley; and the race baiting by Professor Henry Louis Gates. Sergeant Crowley, who happens to teach about racial profiling , encountered Gates after being dispatched to a call of a possible burglary. Sergeant Crowley arrested Gates due to his “loud and tumultuous behavior”. Crowley made the arrest without assaulting Gates or yelling like a fifth grader. I hate fifth graders.
The situation appears to be clear cut. Cop gets sent to a house. Man gets crazy in public. Crazy guy gets arrested. Outside the home Gates is quoted as yelling “This is what happens to black men in America!” Here is the rub. The crazy guy is a Harvard professor with a racial axe to grind (or perhaps in his case an IKLWA or Tchokwe Tribal Axe).
A comment I have for the erudite Gates is this; if you are the poster boy for the plight of the black man in America, then black men in America have it great. From a Harvard professorship to documentaries on P.B.S. , Gates has had a fruitful life. Some sane people do nutty things that get themselves in trouble with the law. They get arrested, pay a fine, and move on with their lives. I don’t even begrudge Gates for acting like a moron. Pay the price and catch a meal in Harvard’s cafeteria.
My problem is not the incident itself. If the police officer was wrong, Gates will be found not guilty and the cop will perhaps lose his job. The issue is the lack of backbone exhibited by you and the Cambridge Police Department. After the national media took hold of the story, the charges were dropped. Here is a quote from CNN:
“In a joint statement, Cambridge and the police department said they made the recommendation to the Middlesex County district attorney and the district attorney’s office “has agreed to enter a nolle prosequi in this matter,” meaning that it will not be pursued.”

Mayor, was Professor Gates wrong or not? What are you afraid of? You cannot reinstate the charges now, but at the least please stand behind Sergeant Crowley when more national attention swings his way.
In the end, perhaps this is not a question of racism in America, but of power in America.
Maybe persons with advance degrees, television shows, and friends in The Oval Office can break the law without repercussions. In Cambridge it appears this is possible.

Brian Lopez
The Iron Tower
16 South Ave. West
Suite # 220
Cranford, N.J.