Henry Louis Gates donates his handcuffs to Smithsonian

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The handcuffs used to arrest Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates are now the property of the Smithsonian Institution.

Gates told The New York Times that he donated the handcuffs after they were given to him by Sgt. James Crowley during a sit-down the two had at a Cambridge pub several months ago....

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Tim Matthewson - 2/17/2010

Obama called Crowley's decision to arrest Gates a stupid decision. I wonder if Crowley is happy that he will now be known throughout history as the COP who arrested Gates? I'm sure Crowley would rather be known for something else.