published Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

No gunfire at Walnut Street Bridge, Chattanooga police say

Staff File Photo by Allison Kwesell
A pedestrian walks south across the Walnut Street bridge in a heavy fog.
Staff File Photo by Allison Kwesell A pedestrian walks south across the Walnut Street bridge in a heavy fog.
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Chattanooga police say “waves of juveniles” caused a ruckus on the Walnut Street Bridge and around the North Shore on Saturday night, but they say there’s no evidence shots were fired, as many callers around Coolidge Park reported that night.

Officers responding to numerous shots fired calls found no evidence of gunplay on the bridge or around the vicinity, said police spokeswoman Sgt. Jerri Weary.

Some onlookers told police that they saw children with fireworks. Weary said at this point that is what police are attributing the noise to.

Officers in Coolidge Park that night did report that crowds of juveniles congested the area that night.

Police are reviewing video from cameras in the downtown area to see if there’s footage of anything not found by officers working in the area, Weary said.

At Coolidge Park, the curfew is 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. for anyone under 18 who isn’t with a parent or guardian. That ordinance was created days after a March 19 incident in which shots were fired as police tried to disperse a crowd of more than 300 youths.

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twharr said...

I'm curious...if this happened during the so called "curfew time" then why were there 300 plus youths in that area in the first place? Who is inforcing the "curfew"? What are the cameras for? Also, how the hell are they getting there? The bus?? Parents?? Bikes?? I just don't get it.

July 19, 2011 at 7:10 a.m.

Perhaps if the police officers on detail in Coolidge Park would not congregate at the east parking entrance all the time, their presence might prevent these sorts of things. As it is, they are only able to react to such incidents.

July 19, 2011 at 8:41 a.m.
harrystatel said...

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July 19, 2011 at 8:53 a.m.
fedup350 said...

The so called "curfew" and sign are a joke. I dont think that there has been one thug taken to the new holding center that thousands of dollars was spent on in St. Elmo. Another waste of money by Littlefield with absolutely no results.

July 19, 2011 at 4:46 p.m.
fedup350 said...

Oh and harry, I really like your website.

July 19, 2011 at 4:47 p.m.
PaulWilson said...

They say it was fireworks...did they find remnants of fireworks? Did they stop to think that they didn't find physical signs of gunfire because the person might have had a revolver? There would be no shell casings from that, unlike a semi-automatic handgun which would eject its' spent casings after firing. Why were these kids on the bridge to begin with? I thought there was a curfew in town. Enforce the laws on the books...these things might just stop happening.

July 19, 2011 at 5:29 p.m.
01centare said...

It wouldn't at all surprise me if someone isn't purposely creating or even exaggerating these incidents in order to force the CPD hand to keep certain ethnic groups out of Coolidge Park. Isn't that what they use to do when too many of a certain ethnic group showed up at certain night spots and other places of gathering in your town?

If there were fireworks used or even gunfire, it doesn't necessarily mean any of those youths wer involved. Just someone who wanted it to appear they were somehow involved because certain groups still aren't welcome in many areas of your city.

July 19, 2011 at 6:01 p.m.
hcirehttae said...

If there were fireworks used or even gunfire, it doesn't necessarily mean any of those youths wer involved. Just someone who wanted it to appear they were somehow involved because certain groups still aren't welcome in many areas of your city.

Well, you can make that accusation, but that's not the way that I feel about it, and most Chattanoogans would back me up. If a group of youths comes together to have fun and carry on and play around, they're welcome to do so. But when they start running back and forth in packs -- you know what I'm talking about, suddenly surging in this direction and that without any apparent reason, you've seen this too, just as I have -- well, then, I have a problem with that. Probably a fight or some "gunplay" (as the TFP absurdly calls it) is coming in a minute. No, they're not welcome in ANY part of town if they're going to act like a mob and be violent just for "fun". Doesn't matter what ethnic group they belong to.

And furthermore, if youths of a certain ethnic persuasion go into another part of town specifically to terrorize the residents because of their other ethnicity, they should HAVE THE BOOK THROWN AT THEM. And yes, I'm referring to those drunken no-account rednecks who shot fireworks at African-American citizens. And if the hateful motivation is the same, which it might or might not be in particular cases, I'm also referring to black youths who go all over different parts of the town terrorizing white citizens. Let's quit excusing and differentiating unacceptable behavior on the basis of which racial group is doing it. Random violence is evil.

July 19, 2011 at 6:33 p.m.
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