1. It wasn't one of Professor Gates's neighbors that called the police; it was a woman from Malden who was passing by.
2. I don't think this Crowley was racist - just stupid. He let his ego get in the way of doing the right thing and just leaving the house after he was shown Professor Gates' ID. Some of these cops need to learn to earn respect by doing their jobs with integrity. Many are good people but some like to abuse their power. At no time was the cop in danger and he should have left Professor Gates. He is supposed to be an "Officer of the Peace" and should not have escalated this into an arrest. Obama was right again!
So, as you can see, the American people do have a lot of wisdom and common sense.