The cops show up at your home, walk in and demand to see your identification. How do you react? "Oh gee officer, sure, no problem!"
Get real. Someone walks into your house uninvited and you get pissed off and demand that they leave, I don't care who it is.
In the United States cops do what they want without fear of repercussions. Police officers go to classes in how to make up "reasonable cause" for any action they want to take.
The cops arrested Gates because he was standing on his front porch yelling at them for walking into his house and treating him badly.
Gates deserves a medal for not shooting the trespassers. As far as I am concerned, someone with a gun walks into my house uninvited I should have the right to shoot them.
When we, as a society, are so afraid that we give police the right to arrest anyone for any trumped up reason we no longer have a free society. Police officers should face repercussions for arresting people.
The courts tend to side with police officers, the courts should favor the rights of the citizen until proved, PROVED, guilty.
Every time a cop arrests someone the cop should have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the arrest was necessary.