Prof. Gates’ Unconstitutional Arrest: There’s a First Amendment right to be rude to a cop

July 28, 2009

By Harvey Silverglate at Forbes Magazine

The now-infamous Gates story has gone through the familiar media spin-cycle: incident, reaction, response, so on and so forth. Drowned out of this echo chamber has been an all-too-important (and legally controlling) aspect: the imbroglio between Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley has more to do with the limits (or breadth) of the First Amendment than with race and social class...

Schools: Harvard University