Here's the thing, my friend - when you're the one with the uniform, badge, gun and night stick, whose job it is to protect citizens and keep the peace, you don't get to be an "I'm not taking your guff" kinda guy, see? The police force isn't a street gang or a sports team. If you're a major league pitcher and your opponent brushes back one of your teammates, you retaliate in kind. But both team's pitchers have a hardball to throw. When you're the only one with a gun, you don't retaliate because your ego is bruised. You take the guff because THAT'S YOUR JOB! You're supposed to be the diffuser, not the egotistical escalator of a confrontation.
[FOOTNOTE: Now that the police report is being made available, it's clear that they had to drop the charges because Gates didn't violate the disorderly conduct statute. He was just arrogant and pissed off, which in non-fascist states is not a crime. No guff!]
Come on, Rick!