CBC Chair: Gates' arrest shows 'racism that continues to exist'

Congressional Black Caucus chairwoman Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) called the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. "an example of...the racism that continues to exist" in America.

Gates, an influential African-American intellectual, was arrested on Monday after a neighbor mistakenly called in a break-in attempt at Gates' home. The professor was trying to force entry into his own home.

"What we have witnessed is an example of the unfinished business of America and the inequalities and the racism thatcontinues to exist," Lee said when asked about the arrest at a press conference on Thursday.

At Wednesday night's primetime news conference, President Barack Obama said that Cambridge police officers acted "stupidly" when taking Gates into custody.

Lee said the president was "right on target" with his remarks.

Jim Pasco, a top ranking official with the Fraternal Order of Police, criticized Obama's comments saying "he wasn't there, and he doesn't know what happened."

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