The police sergeant who was involved in the bungled arrest of Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. said he was "disappointed" by President Obama's statement that cops acted "stupidly." "I support the president to a point, yes," the sergeant, James Crowley told local news in Boston. "I think it's disappointing that he waded into what should be a local issue and something that plays out here... As he himself said... he doesn't know all the facts." Gates is a personal friend of Obama's, and the president did not mince words on Wednesday when he put the arrest in a larger context. "There's a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately. That's just a fact." Obama said. The sergeant has said he won't apologize, and his police union has expressed full support for him.