CLEVELAND - Cleveland Councilman Eugene Miller has come under fire for his comments he made to a 911 dispatcher in June. Miller, who only spoke to NewsChannel 5 apologized for how he handled the situation.
"I made a mistake," he said. "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.
Miller said he was upset after being woken up by residents that were fighting that along his street. He told the operator there were around 100 people fighting.
He referred to the people involved as, "sorry black kids out here acting a fool."
When the operator tried to get information like a name, number and location, Miller became very upset. "I don't give a [expletive] if this is being recorded. Nobody should have to live through this [expletive]."
Miller explains "I was just frustrated because the residents are calling me. I'm trying to get some sleep and you got 100 people outside fighting."
The councilman is in a heated battle with councilman Jeff Johnson in the newly drawn Ward 10. Two council seats were lost due to the census. Johnson is calling for city council to review Miller's conduct.
"There is no reason whatsoever that you lose control," said Johnson. "The apology is one step but it's not enough for us alone to just accept," he continued.
Johnson did not say if and when any potential review of Miller's conduct would be brought to city council. "I made a mistake, " Miller said again. "If I had said it the right way we wouldn't be here."