Andrew Kirell, Mediaite, August 23, 2013
An Ohio city councilman has come under fire for his negative treatment of 911 emergency dispatchers during a call he placed in June to complain about a physical altercation outside his home.
911 tapes show Cleveland Councilman Eugene Miller cursing and shouting at dispatchers about what he claimed was “about 100 sorry black kids out here acting a fool” on his front lawn. “I’m just sick of this shit,” he said, describing how the group was “fighting” in front of his home.
When the dispatcher attempted to follow protocol and obtain more information from Miller in order to put in the correct assignment, the councilman snapped: “Just get the fucking police over here, okay?” he said.
Patiently, the female dispatcher replied, “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.” Unhappy with such a response, Miller threatened to call the police chief himself.
The councilman has apologized, however, telling local news that “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.”
Listen to the three separate NSFW calls below, via Cleveland Plain-Dealer: