Cleveland: Councilman gets flak for abusive 911 calls

11:15 AM, Aug 24, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Councilman Eugene Miller's been involved in lots of controversy lately.

There was a case involving drinking and driving.

The Council president's carving of a new ward for Miller had upset those in other wards changed to accommodate him.

Now three 911 calls from a June 29 incident in which Miller lost his cool is bringing him more criticism.

Miller called to complain about a group of rowdy young people outside his house.

He repeatedly tells 911 dispatchers he's a councilman and deserves service right now.

He complains about living in his community and includes the F-word in demands that police get their right away.

His opponent in November, Jeff Johnson, wants council to consider disciplinary action against Miller.

He wrote a letter to Council President Marty Sweeney.

Mayor Frank Jackson endorses Miller.

Neither Jackson nor Sweeney would comment on Miller's behavior.

Miller is apologizing for the call, saying he's embarrassed to be discussing it on his grandmother's birthday.

Miller's anger issues have been a problem before. A council aide filed an action and complaint, alleging she had been verbally abused.

A settlement was reached. No money was paid. The woman no longer works for Council. 

The dispatchers were all calm and professional in dealing with Miller's anger.


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