published Monday, July 11th, 2011

Chattanooga: County worker, 2 others charged with intimidation

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    Colton Partin, 21 Charged with civil rights intimidation on 7/10/11 along with James Smiley, 27, and Kyle Montgomery, 21

The tattered remnants of dozens of bottle rockets line the grass in front of East Lake Courts, where residents say three men — including a Hamilton County EMT worker — threw ignited fireworks at their homes as the men drove down Fourth Avenue belting racial slurs early Saturday morning.

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    James Smiley, 27 Charged with civil rights intimidation on 7/10/11 along with Kyle Montgomery, 21, and Colton Partin, 21.

The firecrackers shattered a window in one of the units where children were sleeping, neighbors say.

Angela Williams, who lives next to the unit where the window was broken, said Sunday she was on her front stoop with friends around 3:40 a.m. when the truck rattled by and she heard the shouts and the explosions.

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    Kyle Montgomery, 21 Charged with civil rights intimidation on 7/10/11 along with James Smiley, 27, and Colton Partin, 21

“We froze; we thought it might be gunshots. Then we all hustled inside. They drove by, threw out the packs of fireworks, then turned around and drove back down,” she said.

According to an arrest report, Colton Partin, 21; Kyle Montgomery, 21; and James Smiley, 27, drove up and down the boulevard multiple times throwing the explosives and yelling racial slurs.

The three were arrested shortly after they drove away. Fireworks were still in their truck bed, and they admitted to the harassment, according to a court affidavit.

All have been charged with civil rights intimidation, which can carry a felony sentence.

Smiley, 27, is an employee with Hamilton County Emergency Medical Services. He has since been suspended with pay pending further investigation, according to Mike Dunne, spokesman for the Hamilton County mayor’s office.

Williams said no one from the complex had seen the men before.

“It was just completely random,” she said. “They had no reason to do it. It seems they just have something against black people.”

No one has been charged for the damaged window, a fact Williams says disturbs her.

The three men have since made bond. None of them was able to be reached by phone Sunday evening.

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chioK_V said...

The EMT worker is especially disturbing. Suspended with pay is like having an unscheduled vacation. He should have been fired on the spot. Makes you wonder how he's treated African-Americans he's had to transport or provide medical help to? Extremely disturbing. How many other EMTs like him feel the same as he does about people of color? That First do no harm and heal thyself apparently has no meaning to him.

Isn't there a special crime when federal government property is purposely damaged during the commission of a crime? Where are the feds on this?

It would also be interesting to know what their bonds were, since they've been able to post already. $1,000.00? Which means they'd only have to come up with a little more than a hundred dollars?

July 11, 2011 at 1:44 p.m.
HannaBeckman said...

Slacker overweight illiterate Tennessee trash!!!! Suspended with pay, the good ole boy way of saying...Way to go!!! What a pile of garbage these 3 are, along with their inbred families too!!

July 11, 2011 at 2:47 p.m.
dao1980 said...

Well.... trash they may be, but they probably pay their taxes.

July 11, 2011 at 2:50 p.m.
gator said...

3:40am on Saturday morning? Sounds like late night partying by a group of rednecks. Yes, it was a stupid thing to do, but it's not like other groups have not done as bad or worse. As Jesus would say, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." Let this be a lesson to everyone who drinks. If you can't drink and continue to be rational and responsible, you have no place drinking.

July 11, 2011 at 3:05 p.m.
brokentoe said...

wildman said... "I bet the don't smoke crack either"


How about meth?

July 11, 2011 at 4:01 p.m.
brokentoe said...

dao1980 said... "Well.... trash they may be, but they probably pay their taxes "


What a bigoted ASSumption. It's these type ASSumption that inspire the likes of Smiley, Montgomery and Partin. Are you ASSuming their victims don't work and pay taxes? Your not so subtle *racism" and bigotry are obvious.

July 11, 2011 at 4:04 p.m.
dao1980 said...

Nice profanity brokentoe.... all I heard was "waaaah"

Oh, and on the racism accusation, I say he who smelt it dealt it.

July 11, 2011 at 4:09 p.m.
01centare said...

In my many travels I stopped telling people a long time ago that I once lived in Chattanooga. There are still people in other states and even other countries who continue to believe Chattanooga still hang black people from trees, burn down and chase them from their homes in the middle of the night and burn crosses in their yards. It's embarassing.

Shameful that our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters of all races are fighting and dying alongside one another in foreign lands so others can get a feel of America's democracy and freedoms; so others can be freed from persecution and not have to live in constant fear, yet America still ignores its own problems of racial injustices committed right on American soil. What a sham!! No wonder the rest of the world thumbs its nose at US when America preach of its diverse culture and freedoms for ALL.

I stated the above in an earlier post tfp posted on this story. It bears reprint. As an individual of European descent, I find these young men's action deplorable. The one who works in the field of saving and helping lives is a disgrace to all EMTs who go about daily carrying out their pledges and duties to help, not harm, regardless of the individual's race.

July 11, 2011 at 4:24 p.m.
01centare said...

wildman said... I'm not too fond of blacks (or whites that act like blacks)

What does the above mean? How does a white act like a black? That's an extremely prejudice thing to say or imply against African-Americans. Are you saying or implying that whites who commit crimes are acting like black people? Believe me, we whites need no encouragement or role models from anyone when it comes to committing crimes. Actually, we wrote the book.

July 11, 2011 at 4:29 p.m.
01centare said...

Libertarians4Freedom said... *I'm not excusing what they did, but how come when blacks do the same thing they get away with it?

Holder's Black Panther Stonewall Why did the Justice Department dismiss such a clear case of voter intimidation?*

There you go again, Lib4, with your lies and half-truths. It was Bush and his administration that decided against bringing any charges over that incident. The reason was most likely because Florida used their law enforcement to keep blacks from making it to the polls during Bush's second run for office. To go after one they'd have had to go after the other. Get your facts straight before shooting off at the mouth.

July 11, 2011 at 4:35 p.m.
dao1980 said...

Whoa nelly wildman, I don't subscribe to all of that "n-word" dislike as you have shared.

I really couldn't care less what kind of tan or skin tone someone has inherited from their ancestors/place of ethnic origin.

I will always be tempted to poke a little fun at the fools that get out of hand and act in ways that draw negative attention to themselves. (these three goobers for example)

I also hold smoldering contempt for the tax man, and those who manage to avoid him by living in poor conditions by either lack of personal motivation, or ingrained training in the ways of "you owe me cause I exist".

These are the only ingredients used in my comments on this story. I understand that trash comes in all colors. I don't care that these three fools are white, and I don't care that the poor folks they harassed are black.

July 11, 2011 at 4:35 p.m.

Umm let me see. I can think of one family in particular who live in a trailer in Red Bank. Six adults in one house and only 3 of them work. They receive food stamps, are former meth addicts and they are white. Does that mean they are "whites that act like blacks" or what? I see no difference between these poor, welfare bottom-feeding, drug abusers and the black people in the projects other than color. Please explain this to me; you see I'm easily confused. I am black and I have no job but yet I can afford to smoke crack all day (That is sarcasm). You people really need to get a damn clue... You probably have them in your family. But it's ok for them to rape you on taxes and snort poison but not black people? WOW

Oh yea... the time my apartment was robbed was also by 2 white guys. I almost forgot whites don't steal right? Only us poor colored folk !!!

July 11, 2011 at 4:37 p.m.
Selah said...

To squash the racist argument with welfare and food stamps...statistically whites make up most of the welfare recipients (check govt. statistics)

Plus, tax loop holes, bank bailouts, tax breaks...it is just welfare for the rich...

July 11, 2011 at 4:57 p.m.
fedup350 said...

I need this story would bring out the comments, It was a stupid thing they did, thats for sure. They should be punished, it might have been better like one poster said if there truck had broken down in the projects.

I also knew that it would bring the black "perpetual victims" out in full force.

01centare just when in the hell have you seen black men hanging in Chattanooga?? I think 99% of us can say what these three did was stupid and makes no sense but to compare throwing firecrackers to hanging blacks and burning down there homes is ludicrus. 01centare if you dislike the U.S. that much then get the hell out, I promise you..no one will miss you.

Lin4 freedom is right about one thing, obama and Eric holder have practiced reverse discrimination alright. Racism either way is wrong

July 11, 2011 at 5:51 p.m.
PaulWilson said...

Everyone is racist in some way or another. White, black, Asian, Latino, African, European, man, woman, child, animal...you name it. These guys should definitely not have done what they did but, simply because it was in a predominately black neighborhood and they used a word (that I happen to hate) it becomes a hate crime. I'm sorry but, am I the only person that thinks any crime against another person is a hate crime? That being said aren't hate crimes just crimes? Just because the color of a mans' skin or the type of religion, or their sexual orientation is different doesn't make the crimes committed against them any worse or better. A gay man that gets beat up in a bar is no different than a straight guy that gets beat up in a bar. Same goes for if a white guy beats up a black guy rather than a black guy getting beaten up by a black guy.

Had the people in question been men of color, I'm guessing they wouldn't have been charged with a hate crime...just saying.

July 11, 2011 at 6:22 p.m.
rolando said...

Hate crimes are aimed at white men, PaulWilson. That seems to be the only time they are enforced.

Another case of reverse discrimination, along with preferential treatment in college entrance exams, fire/police qualification tests, turning a blind eye to voter intimidation, etc. They would have us think blacks cannot make it in life without that extra handout...which anyone with a bit of life experience knows is the purest of BS.

July 11, 2011 at 10:11 p.m.
artemismarie said...

These guys aren't racist. They were just being idiots. They didn't mean any harm to anyone. People get over yourselves. Stop taking life so seriously and realize that it was just a stupid joke.

July 12, 2011 at 4:24 p.m.
downtown506 said...

All these black people are crying out for punishment and acting like this is the most horrific thing they've ever seen. well as a person who works outdoors downtown, what about a few weeks ago when hundreds of black kids were literally rioting in the streets? and the driveby shooting later the same night? a 20 yr old boy gets killed because of what? what 'hood he's from? oh and there was the little teenage black girl who was screaming at the top of her lungs in the middle of market street "F... all these white people! F... em!" hmmmmm. wonder where she picked that up? chill the hell out black people, ya these guys are a couple of idiots but you all are far from innocent in this department.

July 12, 2011 at 6:47 p.m.
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