An Ohio city councilman is under fire for his treatment of 911 dispatchers when he made a call in late June about a disruption outside his house.
Councilman Eugene Miller (Photo: CleavelandCityCouncil.org)
The 911 calls made by Cleveland Councilman Eugene Miller record him swearing at dispatchers over "about 100 sorry black kids out here acting a fool."
He said the group was fighting "in front of my damn house and I’m just sick of this sh**."
The dispatcher tried to ask more questions about the situation but was told by Miller to "just get the f***ing police over here, okay?”
The female dispatcher at one point told Miller, "I understand that you're ticked off but you still have to tell me what's going on so I can code my assignment correctly." To this, Miller responded that he'll just call the chief of police directly.
Miller called 911 about the incident three times just before 11:30 p.m. on June 29.
In one call, Miller said he was "sick of living over here." In another, when a dispatcher tried to get Miller's phone number, which is procedure, Miller asked to speak with the supervisor.
And in yet another call, Miller told a dispatcher to "get the police over here immediately," adding "people need to go to jail tonight."
Councilman Jeffrey Johnson, who is now running against Miller in a new ward that was redistricted after the census, said his opponent's actions showed "disrespect and unbridled rudeness."
"His loss of control, no matter the reason, and his belittling of the dispatcher is unacceptable behavior by an elected member of the city council to a city employee," Johnson said in a statement, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Speaking to WEWS-TV about the incident, Miller said he "made a mistake."
"I made a mistake being rude to the 911 operator. If I had it to do over again I wouldn't do it that way," he continued, explaining to WEWS that he had been trying to sleep when a fight erupted outside his home.
You can listen to the three calls at the Cleveland Plain Dealer (Content warning for strong language that is not bleeped in these recordings), but this report from WEWS includes clips from the 911 calls and Miller's latest statement:
Any impact the incident could have on Miller's status for re-election to Cleveland's ward 10 may be seen in the Sept. 10 primary.
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