Here is the Gates 911 call:
And much more interesting to me, because you can hear Gates in the background — the Gates dispatch call:
Most news stories have described Gates’s statements in the background as unintelligible, but I’m not so sure. I have listened several times to the portions where you can hear Gates, and I believe you can hear him repeatedly asking the officer to leave — and at one point stating: “I’m a hostage!”
Here’s what his statements sound like to me:
At 1:34 he says something I can’t make out. “–ofessor Gates” or “called Mr. Gates” or “I’m Mr. Gates” or something else entirely. I really can’t tell.
At 1:40, when Sgt. Crowley is saying that “the gentleman” says he resides there, Gates says something that sounds like: “I’m called Mr. Gates.” That may not be what he’s saying, but it sounds a lot like it.
At 2:22 I could swear I hear Gates angrily saying: “I’m a hostage!”
At 2:51, Gates can be heard saying something like: “No, I want you to leave.”
At 4:16 it sounds like he’s saying: “[Unintelligible] leave right away.” Possibly: “I want you to leave right away.”
When you first listen to this it will be hard to hear these phrases. I’m a veteran of transcribing hard-to-hear tapes and I think I’ve gotten pretty good at it, but these are all guesses/approximations. See what you think.
One thing is for sure: Sgt. Crowley is calm throughout. Gates sounds increasingly angry.
UPDATE: At 2:22, a commenter hears: “I am outraged!” Plausible.