Closing Arguments: Does Gates Deserve an Apology?

By David Schoetz

Jul 21, 2009 11:29pm

Prosecutors today dropped a disorderly conduct charge against Henry Louis Gates Jr., a prominent black scholar at Harvard.  Gates was arrested last week after a white passerby reported two black men — Gates and his driver — trying to break into a Cambridge, Massachusetts home. The house, in fact, is his — and Gates grew incensed when a white officer responding to the call asked for his identification. The officer described Gates' behavior as belligerent. Today, the charge was dropped and police called the incident "regrettable."  For his part, Gates is reportedly demanding an apology for what he calls racial profiling. So tonight, we ask: Do you think he deserves an apology? Tell us what you think. You can follow "Nightline" anytime on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Nightline.

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