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Lucia Whalen, a neighbor of Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Lucia Whalen, who works on Mr. Gates' block, was stopped by a neighbor who noticed Gates and his driver struggling to enter Gates' home. The neighbor, who had no cell phone, asked Whalen to call the police and report the suspicious behavior. Gates had locked himself out of his home and was attempting to forcibly get inside. The original police report filed by the arresting officer stated that Whalen identified Gates and his driver as black males.