Update: Officials Want Charges Dropped Against Gates

The City of Cambridge and the Cambridge Police Department announced plans Tuesday afternoon to drop charges against renowned scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The Harvard professor was arrested on his doorstep last week by police, following reports that "two black males" were attempting a burglary at his home. The incident sparked allegations of racial profiling. Fellow Harvard professor Randall Kennedy reacts to the recent turn in the case and offers analysis on alleged racial profiling practices by law enforcement

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Official Statement: Charges Dropped Against Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The City of Cambridge and the Cambridge Police Department have recommended to the Middlesex County District Attorney that the criminal charge against Professor Gates not proceed. Therefore, in the interests of justice, the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office has agreed to enter a nolle prosequi in this matter.

The City of Cambridge, the Cambridge Police Department, and Professor Gates acknowledge that the incident of July 16, 2009 was regrettable and unfortunate. This incident should not be viewed as one that demeans the character and reputation of Professor Gates or the character of the Cambridge Police Department. All parties agree that this is a just resolution to an unfortunate set of circumstances.

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