TRANSCRIPT: 911 Call And Police Radio Dispatches in the Arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Cambridge Police Department release audio tapes from the day of the arrest.

ByABC News
July 27, 2009, 3:12 PM

July 27, 2009— -- Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. was arrested on June 16 on charges of disorderly conduct, which were later dropped. The police was dispatched to Gates' house after a 911 call reporting a break-in. Here is the full transcript of that 911 call, made by Lucia Whalen, and the subsequent police dispatches.

DISPATCH: 9-1-1 (inaudible) what's the exact location of your emergency?

CALLER: Hi, uhm, I'm actually at (inaudible) Ware Street in Cambridge in a house, number is 17 Ware Street.

DISPATCH: Ok ma'am. Your cellphone cut out. What's the address again?

CALLER: Hi, uhm, it's 17 Ware. That's W-A-R-E.

DISPATCH: The emergency's at 7 Ware street?

CALLER: No, sorry, some other woman is talking next to me. It's 17 one-seven Ware Street.

DISPATCH: What's the phone number you're calling me from?

CALLER: I'm calling you from my cell phone number.

DISPATCH: Ok what's the problem? Can you tell me exactly what happened?

CALLER: Uhm, I don't know what's happening. I just had a, uh, older woman standing here and she had noticed two gentlemen trying to get in a house at that number 17 Ware Street. And they kind of had to barge in and they broke the screen door and they finally got in and when I (inaudible) and looked, I went closer to the house a little bit after the gentlemen were already in the house I noticed two suitcases. So I'm not sure if these are two individuals who actually work there or maybe live ther.

DISPATCH: You think they may have been breaking in?

CALLER: Sir, I don't know. Because I have no idea. I just noticed --

DISPATCH: You think the possibility might have been there? What do you mean by barged in? Did they kick the door in?

CALLER: No they were pushing the door in, like uhm, uhm, like the screen part of the front door was, had like cuts --

DISPATCH: How did (inaudible) the door itself with the lock?