published Saturday, July 16th, 2011

More charges planned in East Lake racial slurs case

These men were charged with civil rights intimidation on 7/10/11 James Smiley, 27, and Kyle Montgomery, 21, Colton Partin, 21.
These men were charged with civil rights intimidation on 7/10/11 James Smiley, 27, and Kyle Montgomery, 21, Colton Partin, 21.
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Chattanooga police plan to add charges to three men accused of throwing lit fireworks and shouting racial slurs at a public housing complex after reviewing surveillance footage.

“We’re hopeful that this case will be adopted by the FBI and handled in the federal courts, but if it is not charges will be enhanced and charges will be added to that,” said Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd.

Colton Partin, James Smiley and Kyle Montgomery reportedly threw the fireworks toward East Lake Courts early in the morning of July 9. They now face charges of civil rights intimidation.

“[The surveillance footage] shows the vehicle pulling up to the location there. It shows, we’re not sure if it’s a two-part or two separate explosions. Pretty graphic and pretty violent,” said Dodd, noting that at least four to five people were near the explosion. “That would have been the reason for the enhanced charges.”

Additional charges could include aggravated assault if the case is not taken to a federal level, Dodd said.

The local NAACP previously called for a federal investigation.

The footage, which was not released Friday, shows the truck pulling to the entrance of a residence at East Lake Courts public housing complex located at 2484 Fourth Ave. with assailants lighting the fireworks and aiming them at people approximately six to seven feet away, Dodd said.

“It’s a terrible situation. It was violent enough, but it could have been more so,” he said. “Someone could have been seriously injured or killed. We’re not going to tolerate things like that in the city of Chattanooga.”

Aside from investigators finding fireworks in the bed of the truck, they also found an unloaded .22-caliber rifle inside the vehicle, Dodd said. The gun belonged to one of the occupants, and there was no indication that the gun was used that evening.

The officer who stopped the vehicle was off duty and heading home from an extra job, Dodd said.

Partin, Smiley and Montgomery all appeared in court Friday. The hearing was moved to Aug. 12 allowing attorneys to review the footage.

“I don’t think it’s a question of whether or not there were fireworks. I think it’s a question of whether or not there is a civil rights issue,” said Lee Davis, a defense attorney, representing Partin.

Angela Williams, who lives next door to a residence where a window was shattered from the incident, attended the hearing Friday. She phoned police shortly after the incident. Williams said she plans to attend the next court date.

“We just want to see justice being served,” she said. “They were laughing. They were just having a good time. We thought it [racial issues] were over.”

After the incident Smiley resigned as a paramedic with Hamilton County.

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wuwei37405 said...

It seems to be that the police and the press are overreacting and I am not sure exactly why. Sure, these guys acted idiotic but the danger to people and property was no more horrific than a Halloween prank.

July 16, 2011 at 5:09 a.m.
ashamed said...

Let someone pull up to your residence..shoot flaming balls of fire..yell and scream awful things at you..what are you gonna do..yuck-yuck oh these good ole boys are just havin fun yuck-yuck..please..then to find out they are city employees...it may not be a race issue (but it was because they came to a black neighborhood) but it was a wrong issue..and if you dissagree i will be more than happy to come to your house scream hateful things to you..and shoot a couple of roman candles at your home..maybe your kids will be there so they can enjoy the halloween prank...

July 16, 2011 at 7:03 a.m.
My2centsworth said...

Well ashamed - Talk about blind rhetoric from the uninformed or just plain ignorant. Where is all the outrage against people like Jeremiah Wright and his racist and Anti American preachings?? or Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and her jump to using the race card yet again?? Why would a couple of morons shooting off fireworks, yelling racial slurs be a Federal case??? What is the difference if one was a paramedic with Hamilton County, is that supposed to be something special?? Was he a Good paramedic?? It is people like you, Wright, Lee and others who continually push and yell the same agenda. There are more important things to worry about and should have more of your attention than these simple minded morons. Besides if you and others like you want to stop the use of the 1st amendment then you are also hurting yourselves in the process. It works both ways, you want to protest, to say certain words are not to be uttered or spoken then start with yourself. Till my dying breath I will defend yours and their right to Free Speech, in any form. I may not like or agree with what you or they might say but everyone has the right to say it. Political correctness be damned along with any unlawful law restricting our right to Free Speech.

USSA is one day closer, beware.

July 16, 2011 at 11:16 a.m.
01centare said...

wuwei37405 said... It seems to be that the police and the press are overreacting and I am not sure exactly why. Sure, these guys acted idiotic but the danger to people and property was no more horrific than a Halloween prank.>*My2centsworth said... Well ashamed - Talk about blind rhetoric from the uninformed or just plain ignorant. Where is all the outrage against people like Jeremiah Wright and his racist and Anti American preachings?? or Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and her jump to using the race card yet again?? Why would a couple of morons shooting What is the difference if one was a paramedic with Hamilton County, is that supposed to be something special?? Was he a Good paramedic??<

And of course wuwei37405 has viewed all the evidence the police has has in their possession? Are you a friend or family member of any of these three? Sure seems like it. How many Halloween pranksters go on a pranking spree with a gun and ammunition? Makes you wonder about who might really be behind some of these unsolved shootings in some of these poor areas where the pranksters purposely aimed for the leg area. After all, it was probably just a prank. Another unsolved that resulted in a death where an individual was walking with a friend about a year or so ago. Most everyone automatically assume that since these are considered high crime areas then the shootings are gang or drug related. What if they all aren't?

2cents, you're really desperate, aren't you? What are you afraid of? That a thorough investigation with the FBI involved might uncover something you and other babblers rather remain hidden? You're sounding might guilty for whatever reason. hmmmmmm

July 16, 2011 at 12:09 p.m.
Capiscan said...

@My2centsworth: Firing fireworks into someone's home is your idea of free speech?

I don't think you would be pleased if somebody broke your windows and attempted to start a fire in your home.

July 16, 2011 at 12:18 p.m.
Capiscan said...

I mentioned in another post, these guys didn't go into a white neighborhood and do this crap for a reason. They would be swiftly punished and they knew it.

July 16, 2011 at 12:19 p.m.
ashamed said...

@my 2 cents did Jerimiah Wright and Shelia Jackson Lee shoot roman candles and firecrackers at anyones homes and shout racial slurs...we are not talking about free speech..we are talking about an attack on people at 3am in the morning..you are the one that sounds ignorant..sticking up up for the stupid... let 3 black men come to your home and do this...then lets hear about free speech

July 16, 2011 at 3:47 p.m.
ashamed said...

@ jack no those flaming balls of lead (the gun) is what makes it a federal case lol

July 16, 2011 at 4:09 p.m.
My2centsworth said...

01centare - Why would anyone in their right mind want the FBI involved in a local issue. Are you perhaps trying to instigate something, perhaps blow it out of proportion, maybe stir the pot for personal reasons or gain? Perhaps you are right - call in the FBI and investigate 3 morons doing something stupid in the early morning hours, I am sure they have nothing better to do and the expense of this little game would fall as always - to the taxpayers. AND maybe those who heard those words would need counseling for mental trauma, it might have lowered their self esteem.

Capiscan - Article states "reportedly threw the fireworks toward East Lake Courts", no where in this article does it state "Firing fireworks into someone's home ". I guess you missed that part. AND as far as "these guys didn't go into a white neighborhood and do this crap" would have made them look dumber than they already were.

AND poor ashamed - You had better listen to or attend one of Jeremiah Wright (you mispelled Jeremiah) sermons. He is a supreme racist, a hater of all that is White, and American. I research my facts long before ever speaking or in this case typing. Be thankful you live in America because if Jeremiah and others like him have there way the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights and many other laws that we enjoy will be a thing of the past. You can also check out many of Jeremiah's sermons on Youtube if you care to. Also you can go to his church's web page -www.trinitychicago.org/ - it really is a nice web page, or just google him.

While you are at it you might want to check out Sheila Jackson Lee's record and speeches, very interesting.

As far as the fireworks being set off, that too was not a smart thing to do, someone could have been injured. Fact: In 2009, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,800 people for fireworks related injuries; - excerpt from NFPA’s Fireworks report, by John R. Hall, Jr., June 2011.

Enough said here I have spent more time on this than I had intended but I had to clarify and perhaps enlighten some. Have a great day and remember, education before pontification (To express opinions or judgments in a dogmatic way).

USSA is one day closer, be warned.

July 16, 2011 at 5:27 p.m.
My2centsworth said...

OOOOPS I forgot about the gun issue. Gun found but no Ammo.

"they also found an unloaded .22-caliber rifle inside the vehicle, Dodd said. The gun belonged to one of the occupants, and there was no indication that the gun was used that evening."

Shame shame - Ashamed - for trying to insinuate something that was not there to begin with. Are You Trying to INSIGHT something? Perhaps cause more unfounded animosity or Ill Will??

July 16, 2011 at 5:33 p.m.
ashamed said...

you misspelled insight..incite(to incite a riot)..have a good day

July 16, 2011 at 8:03 p.m.
chioK_V said...

@My2centsworth said... OOOOPS I forgot about the gun issue. Gun found but no Ammo.

Oops is right, My2cents. Yes a gun was found. Although the gun itself was allege to have not been loaded, there was ammunition found in the truck. Keep on oopsing. You seem to be good at it. Would you be so concerned about taxpayer's money if it was your family that had been the victim? It's people like you who scream the loudest that the law isn't doing enough to protect you, the taxpayer. Too bad you don't even comprehend your own ludicrous rantings..

July 17, 2011 at 2:38 p.m.
riverman said...

As a white conservative I hope they put these three idiots under the jail.

January 6, 2012 at 2:59 p.m.
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