Here is video from this morning of a press conference held by Cambridge, Massachusetts Police Officers on the controversy surrounding the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Sgt. James Crowley - the arresting officer - was present at the press conference but did not speak.
Instead, officer after officer, as well as other police officials and police union representatives came to the microphone and spoke in support of Sgt. Crowley and called for President Barack Obama to "apologize" for his remarks that the police "acted stupidly" in the case.
The official who led the conference said President Obama should have had "no comment" when asked about the case, because by his own admission, Obama "had a bias," being a personal friend of Gates, and he said he "did not have all the facts."
The anger on the part of police officers was obvious, and they said they are receiving "thousands" of emails and messages of support from across the country. One officer said that Obama "owes all police officer across the country an apology" for his remarks.
The bottom line is that President Obama has ignited a firestorm here, and this will not easily go away.