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CLEVELAND-- Audio tapes were released of Cleveland City Councilman Eugene Miller cursing at police dispatchers and demanding they send officers to control a crowd on his street.

Police records show Miller made three calls within a few minutes of each other just before 11:30 p.m. on June 29 using a non-emergency number for Cleveland police.

Here are some excerpts:

Dispatcher: "Okay, what is going on?"

Miller: "I just got about 100 sorry black kids out here acting a fool. I'm Cleveland Councilman Eugene Miller, in front of my damn house and I'm just sick of this ****"

Dispatcher: "Okay, so about a hundred people out there?"

Miller: "Yes."

Dispatcher: "And what are they doing?"

Miller: "Ma'am just get the ***** police over here, okay?"

Dispatcher: "What's your name, sir?"

Miller: "Cleveland Councilman Eugene Miller, and I don't give a damn if we are being recorded. I said nobody should have to live through this ****!"

Dispatcher: "Sir, the police are on their way. I don't know why you are..."

Miller: "You know why, because you don't have to live through this ****"

Dispatcher: "What's your phone number?"

Miller: "You don't worry about my damn phone number. I'm sick of this ****. You just do your own damn job!"

Dispatcher: "Police are on their way."

FOX 8 News tried to reach Miller; we called and texted him but got no response.

No one answered the door at his home on Thursday afternoon.

A crew went to the address Miller lists as his Ward 10 office at 813 E. 152nd St., but our crew was told Miller does not have an office there and was escorted out.

"Disturbing, I think. First of all, an elected official from city hall should not treat a city worker like that, the dispatcher," said Ward Eight Councilmember Jeff Johnson, admittedly Miller's rival.

Both are running for the same council seat in November.

"Shines a bad light on council as a whole and that's why I want council to look at it as part of our own disciplinary process," Johnson said.

FOX 8 News Council President Martin Sweeney said he had not heard the recordings yet, when we spoke with him Thursday afternoon.