19 Action News Reporter Ed Gallek has obtained a letter Councilman Jeff Johnson has sent calling for discipline against Councilman Eugene Miller for demanding phone calls he made to police.
Earlier this week, we requested the tapes and they show Miller calling for police about a large crowd outside his house at East 136th and Kelso in Cleveland. The tapes show him impatiently demanding police immediate response and the calls are littered with foul language, too.
Johnson's letter describes Miller's calls as embarrassing and disrespectful. Johnson is asking the full council to decide whether Miller should lose places on council committees or lose other council privileges.
Miller is running against Johnson in a newly drawn council district, but Johnson insists this has nothing to do with the election, simply proper etiquette.
I am writing to express my displeasure and concern about the actions of Councilman Eugene Miller during three telephone calls to police dispatch on June 29th. Please find attached three recordings of calls made by Councilman Miller to the Cleveland police non-emergency number. What you will hear is disturbing. The three recordings show disrespect and unbridled rudeness by Councilman Eugene Miller to city workers just trying to do their job as they were trained. Recording # 06-29-13_11-21-42_Tel_17 is particularly profane and disturbing. In this recording Councilman Miller is disrespectful, dehumanizing and degrading to the female city dispatcher. 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.
I believe Councilman Miller's behavior is an embarrassment to the City Council and his actions in these calls should be reviewed by us for disciplinary action. Disciplinary action could include loss of his Chair of Public Service position, loss of committee assignments or loss of other privileges enjoyed by City Council members. If any of you think this letter is sent by me because I am involved in an election campaign with Councilman Miller would be incorrect and ignoring the fact I have always fought to maintain the integrity and professionalism of the Cleveland City Council.
Whatever you may think of my motivation in seeking a review of Councilman Miller's conduct I challenge you to listen and defend his behavior and treatment of these city employees, and his negative words concerning the young people that night and the area he lives in. How does it measure up to what is expected and required of the elected members of Cleveland City Council? Together we have to decide where Councilman Miller actions fall and what action should be taken.
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