Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. was arrested on June 16 on charges of disorderly conduct, which were later dropped. The police was dispatched to Gates' house after a 911 call reporting a break-in. Here is the full transcript of that 911 call, made by Lucia Whalen, and the subsequent police dispatches.
DISPATCH: 9-1-1 (inaudible) what's the exact location of your emergency?
CALLER: Hi, uhm, I'm actually at (inaudible) Ware Street in Cambridge in a house, number is 17 Ware Street.
DISPATCH: Ok ma'am. Your cellphone cut out. What's the address again?
CALLER: Hi, uhm, it's 17 Ware. That's W-A-R-E.
DISPATCH: The emergency's at 7 Ware street?
CALLER: No, sorry, some other woman is talking next to me. It's 17 one-seven Ware Street.
DISPATCH: What's the phone number you're calling me from?
CALLER: I'm calling you from my cell phone number.
DISPATCH: Ok what's the problem? Can you tell me exactly what happened?
CALLER: Uhm, I don't know what's happening. I just had a, uh, older woman standing here and she had noticed two gentlemen trying to get in a house at that number 17 Ware Street. And they kind of had to barge in and they broke the screen door and they finally got in and when I (inaudible) and looked, I went closer to the house a little bit after the gentlemen were already in the house I noticed two suitcases. So I'm not sure if these are two individuals who actually work there or maybe live ther.
DISPATCH: You think they may have been breaking in?
CALLER: Sir, I don't know. Because I have no idea. I just noticed --
DISPATCH: You think the possibility might have been there? What do you mean by barged in? Did they kick the door in?
CALLER: No they were pushing the door in, like uhm, uhm, like the screen part of the front door was, had like cuts --
DISPATCH: How did (inaudible) the door itself with the lock?
CALLER: They -- I didn't see a key or anything so -- I was a little bit away from the door, but I did notice that they pushed their --
DISPATCH: What did the suitcases have to do with anything?
CALLER: I don't know I'm just saying that's what I saw.
DISPATCH: (inaudible) that they broke into?
CALLER: No there's just a first floor, I don't even think that it's an apartment. It's 17 Ware Street. It's a house. It's just a yellow house. Number 17. I don't know if they live there and they just had a hard time with their key but I did notice that they had to use their shoulder to try and barge in. And they got in. I don't know if they had a key or not, because I couldn't see from my angle. But when I looked in closely that's what I saw.
DISPATCH: Was it a (inaudible) or Hispanic?
DISPATCH: Are they still in the house?
CALLER: They're still in the house I believe, yeah.
DISPATCH: Were they white, black, or Hispanic?
CALLER: Uhm, well they were two larger men. One looked kind of Hispanic but I'm not really sure. And the other one entered and I didn't see what he looked like at all. I just saw her from a distance and this older woman was worried thinking someone's breaking into someone's house. They've been barging in and she interrupted me and that's when I had noticed otherwise I probably wouldn't have noticed it at all to be honest with you. So I was just calling because she was a concerned neighbor. I guess.
DISPATCH: OK, are you standing outside?
CALLER: I'm standing outside, yes.