* He was returning home from LA. ( Not China for gods sakes Nitro! bad, bad )
* The 911 call was made by a woman who never identified the race of the men directly, and only when asked
* When she stated the men had suitcases, the dispatcher asked,"What does that...have to do with it?" She reiterated she was telling them what she saw though she clarified she wasn't close enough to see details.
* The officer who arrived at the scene, called back to his office and said,"....keep the (police ) cars coming." and also asked for the Harvard police to come. He did not indicate he felt his person was being threatened, only that he felt Gates was upset.
* The woman who made the 911 call was not initially an eye witness. She had been aproached by an older woman who told her she thought a couple of guys were breaking into a house. The woman who made the call also told dispatch this. It was after the older woman approached her that she went by the house to look herself. And some of the aspects of her report ( "barging their way in...") are not witnessed by herself, but by the older woman ( who did NOT make a call about it ). Which is 2nd hand information. But you have to give this woman credit for 1) trying to be a responsible citizen and 2) mentioning there were suitcases and 3) not being particularly driven to talk about their race. She initially just said 'two men'.
Of all things, the woman who made the 911 call has been castigated as participating in 'racial profiling' though she did not mention race until asked about it by the dispatcher, and even then she could NOT say for sure and only thought MAYBE one of them looked Hispanic.
I think it's interesting that the 911 dispatch would ask for the race of two men thought to possibly be breaking into house and that was relevant. But when she mentioned the suitcases, he felt that was not relevant. Huh? And the officer who arrived at the scene is directly responsible for all those police showing up because the recording of his call reflects that.
I think a helluva lot of people are not willing to admit that race played an issue in all of this. Everyone talks about this being a 'learning experience' now. Yeah well, I don't believe that the people who need to learn something about race are going to until they can face their own bigotries.