Well this is certainly a lot to unpack.
A Cleveland man got into an argument with is boyfriend that turned violent, and called 911 while he was in the process of strangling him with a belt.
George Rauls can be heard on the emergency call saying, “I need a cop cause me and my boyfriend got into it. And I’m about to kill him.”
“What’s your boyfriend’s name?” asks dispatch.
“Is he a white male, black male?” the female dispatcher asks.
“He’s black,” responds Rauls. “Why does all this matter?”
“Sir, it’s proper procedure,” says the dispatcher.
“I have a belt wrapped around his neck, and I’m choking him,” replies an audibly frustrated Rauls.
The conversation, which you can hear for yourself below, is quite disturbing considering Rauls’ former boyfriend, Christopher Hardy, is silently choking to death nearby.
Adding to the strangeness is the fact that it took police nearly twelve minutes to respond, and nine minutes to even call an ambulance.
Police say a lack of available cars in the area accounts for the slow response, nearly three and a half minutes above the average time for high priority calls.
The city also found that the response time of police was within “an acceptable range.”
Call us crazy, but telling someone in the midst of committing a crime of passion about “proper procedure” does not seem like it should be, for lack of a better phrase, proper procedure.
Fox 8 repots that George Rauls has now been indicted for murder, and records show he is pleading not guilty.
Head here to listen to the audio of the call (WARNING — it is highly unsettling).