Colin Powell: Gates Should Have 'Reflected'

In his police report, Crowley wrote that Whalen told him when he arrived at the scene that she saw what appeared to be two black men with backpacks on the porch of the house. Whalen's attorney vehemently denied that claim, saying that her client never mentioned the men's race to the sergeant and specifically never mentioned the word black.

In the radio dispatches -- which shed little light on what really went on inside the home and between the two men -- a police officer identified Gates as the man inside the house, saying he is uncooperative and asks to "keep the cars coming." Except for vague noises in the background, the conversation between Gates and the officers is incomprehensible.

For its part, the city of Cambridge is hoping to leave the story in the past.

"It is my hope these events will serve as a catalyst ... that we will come away with a better understanding of how we can interact as a community, Mayor E. Denise Simmons told reporters Monday. "And how we can avoid situations like this from occurring."

Simmons was with City Manager Robert Healy to announce a new committee that, among other things, would examine the role of race and police-civilian interactions.

"It's time to move forward, lessons learned and go from there. I hope they enjoy their beer at the White House," Healy said.

ABC News' Karen Travers and Jon Garcia contributed to this report.

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