Caller in Gates Case: 'Hurt' by Racial Dispute

The woman who reported a possible break-in at the home of Henry Louis Gates Jr. says she tried to be careful and honest with her words, never thinking they would be analyzed by an entire nation.

Lucia Whalen, (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

The woman whose 911 call brought the Cambridge police to the home of Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. said the last two weeks have been an emotional ordeal in which she feared for her safety after being vilified as a racist.

In her first public statement since the incident, Lucia Whalen said she had been hurt by commentators who thought that she called police when she saw Gates and his driver trying to force open his jammed front door because they were black.

The media reports, based on the Cambridge police report filed after the incident, read that Whalen said she saw "two black men with backpacks" trying to enter a home on the block where she works.

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