President Reagan’s eldest son, Michael, said that police treated his son like Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates when they arrested him early Thursday at his home in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Police took the former president’s grandson, 31-year-old Cameron Reagan, into custody at about 12:20 a.m. after responding to a house alarm, Officer Gregory Baek told CNN. The arrest followed a “minor amount of force,” and Cameron was detained for resisting arrest, Baek said. He is being held on $10,000 bail, the officer said.
"Where is the American Civil Liberties Union when Cameron Reagan is tackled in his own driveway?" asked Michael Reagan, a L.A.-based conservative commentator, referring to the arrest of Gates, an African-American scholar, at his home last July. That arrest, by White Cambridge Police Officer James Crowley, sparked a national debate about race. President Obama helped resolve tension by inviting Gates and Crowley to the White House for the infamous “Beer Summit.”
"I'm waiting for a call from the president,” Michael Reagan said. “This sounds a lot like what happened to Obama's buddy. …Cameron drinks Red Stripe."
According to a spokeswoman for Michael Reagan, Cameron accidentally tripped his security alarm when he came home with four friends. The silent alarm alerted the police without his realizing it, she said.
When the police arrived, Cameron reached for his ID, and "they thought he was going for a gun. They tackled and arrested him," the spokeswoman said.
Cameron is the grandson of Ronald Reagan, who served as president from 1981 to 1989. He died in 2004 at age 93.