I feel that both officer Crowley and professor Gates over reacted to the situation based on their personal history and each feeling and over using their power. There is no doubt over the years that professor Gates has experienced racism from white males. I am sure he is sensitive to being pushed around by a white male over stepping his authority. There is no doubt that officer Crowley has experienced hot headed citizens disrespecting him while doing his job. I am sure it is people of all races. I am not sure how much race played into his actions. I feel it was more of intolerance of a citizen mouthing back to him. Professor Gates is a world renowned professor and I am guessing he feels he deserves to be treated better because of it. Officer Crowley as a police officer has the ability to arrest someone if they irritate him. Most peoples jobs don't allow forthis type of authority. I feel both men over reacted based on their history of similar situations and both were feeling their oats and escalated the situation above where it should have gone. They both should say sorry and move on.