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Charges Will Be Dropped Against Henry Louis Gates

The charges of disorderly conduct against Henry Louis "Skip" Gates Jr., who was arrested Wednesday on the porch of his own home, have officially been dropped, the Boston Globe reports. On the heels of outrage and accusations of racism, the City of Cambridge police department has released a statement staying that that the incident was "regrettable and unfortunate," adding that "this incident should not be viewed as one that demeans the character and reputation of Professor Gates or the character of the Cambridge Police Department. All parties agree that this is a just resolution to an unfortunate set of circumstances."