An edited transcript of the 911 call that began the Gates affair.
Dispatcher: Tell me exactly what happened
Caller: Umm, I donít know whatís happening. I just have an elder woman, uh, standing here and she had noticed two gentlemen trying to get in a house at that number, 17 Ware St., and they kind of had to barge in. And they broke the screen door and they finally got in and when I had looked, I went further, closer to the house a little bit, after the gentlemen were already in the house, I noticed two suitcases So Iím not sure if these are two individuals who actually work there, I mean who live there.
Dispatcher: You think they mightíve been breaking...
Caller: I donít know, Ďcause I have no idea, I just noticed...
Dispatcher: So you think the possibility might have been there or...? What do you mean by barged in? Did they kick the door in or...?
Caller: Umm, no they were pushing the door in, like uhhh, ummm, like the screen part of the front door was kind of like cut.
Dispatcher: How did they open the door itself, the lock?
Caller: I didnít see a key or anything Ďcause I was a little bit away from the door but I did notice that they pushed their...
Dispatcher: And what did the suitcases have to do with anything?
Caller: I donít know. Iím just saying thatís what I saw. I just [inaudible]
Dispatcher: Do you know what apartment they broke into?
Caller: No, just the first floor. I donít even think that itís an apartment. Itís 17 Ware St. Itís a house. Itís a yellow house. Number 17. I donít know if they live there and they just had a hard time with their key, but I did notice that they had to use their shoulder to try to barge in and they got in. I donít know if they had a key or not Ďcause I couldnít see from my angle. But you know when I looked a little closely thatís when I saw...
Dispatcher: (inaudible) black or Hispanic? Are they still in the house?
Caller: Theyíre still in the house I believe, yeah.
Dispatcher: Are they white, black or Hispanic?
Caller: Umm, well there were two larger men, one looked kind of Hispanic, but Iím not really sure. And the other one entered and I didnít see what he looked like at all. I just saw it from a distance and this older woman was worried, thinking someoneís breaking in someoneís house, theyíve been barging in, and she interrupted me, and thatís when I had noticed. Otherwise, I probably wouldnít have noticed it at all, to be honest with you. So I was just calling Ďcause she was a concerned neighbor, I guess.
Dispatcher: OK, are you standing outside?
Caller: Iím standing outside, yes.
Dispatcher: All right, well, police are on the way, you can meet them when they get there. Whatís your name?
Caller: My name is [deleted].
Dispatcher: All right, theyíre on their way.
Caller: OK, all right, I guess Iíll wait. Thanks.
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