In an interview with CNN, a diversity of colleagues (black, white, male, female) from the Cambridge Police Department explain their support for officer Jimmy Crowley.
In doing so, they demonstrate something that goes to the heart of what truely undergirds and unifies America: Objective facts and moral character trump skin color, group identity, and ideological passion.
This reaches back, of course, to the American founding, with its emphasis on a common humanity created in the image of an objective and knowable God and endowed by our Creator with "certain unalienable rights."
Sadly, it is this unique American vision, rooted ultimately in verifiable information from the Creator, which has been under attack with the rise of secularism and liberalism, exemplified recently and politically by the election of Barack Obama and his post-American, post-Constitutional, and post-Declarational administration.
The remarks of policewoman Kelly King, transcribed below, capture the spirit of the CNN interview. They stand in refreshing contrast to the reactionary and divisive comments put out by the current president of the United States:
CNN: When you heard about what happened with this sergeant, what did you think?
Kelly King: I was appalled. I know Jimmy. I've known him for more than the 11 years with the Cambridge police. I knew him when he worked for Harvard.
I know him to be a good police officer, a good man with character. And I knew these charges were bogus.
There has been a tremendous rush to judgment. And I think the thing to be learned first and foremost from this is to look at all of the evidence, to consider all, to weigh all.
I think Professor Gates has done a very good job of throwing up a very effective smokescreen, calling race into this. It had nothing to do with it.
CNN: And the president?
Kelly King: It's unfortunate. I supported him. I voted for him. I will not again.
I agree that I think that it's admirable that he would speak on behalf of his friend, but he should have recused himself.
He should have stepped back. And he should have said, "I support my friend, but I don't have all the facts. I won't weigh in yet."
Kelly King: I would apply the same to him.
CNN: What do you want people around the country to know who may have already made up their mind about Sergeant Jimmy Crowley?
Kelly King: Keep their minds open. And realize that we would not support someone that we felt wronged someone else. We took this job to do the right thing. We all took this job to do the right thing. We would not support anyone in blue doing the wrong thing.
Here's the video.