Cambridge Sgt. James M Crowley told a FOX reporter that he does not plan to apologize for arresting President Barack Obama's friend.
Obama said on Wednesday night that police acted "stupidly" in the arrest of prominent black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr.
While unable to open his front door, Gates entered his home through a back door, turned off his alarm, and asked his driver to help him open the front door.
A neighbor who saw the two men struggling with the door called police and said that "two black males with backpacks" were breaking into a house. Police showed up to make an arrest.
The police report states Gates Jr. called the Sgt. a racist and shouted while led away in handcuffs: "This is what happens to black men in America!"
Gates Jr.'s attorney said his client spent four hours in jail and was released that evening. The charges were later dropped, the Cambridge Mayor issued an apology, and Cambridge police called the arrest "regrettable and unfortunate."
Crowley maybe considering to sue Gates for defamation, ABC is reporting. His record also shows a black police commissioner once picked him to teach recruits how to avoid racial profiling.
"I am not a racist," said Crowley in a Boston Globe report.
Crowley, 42, said he once tried to save the life of another prominent African-American man. When Boston Celtics star Reggie Lewis collapsed, and had no pulse while practicing at a gym, Crowley performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Lewis died.
Some of Crowley's colleagues told a Globe reporter that “racism is not part of it, and that is what is frustrating. The fact that the police department dropped the charges makes the police officer look like he is wrong.’’
Obama said he wasn't sure if race played a part in Gates Jr.'s arrest, but added that despite racial progress in the U.S. blacks and Hispanics are still singled out unfairly for arrest.