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Columbus mayor arrested for assault

 

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The Lowndes County Sheriff''s Office confirmed today Columbus Mayor Robert Smith was arrested on assault charges stemming from an altercation with Ward 5 City Councilman Kabir Karriem, Thursday. 

 

Smith, who is charged with misdemeanor simple assault, turned himself in at the Lowndes County Sheriff''s Office at 4:30 this afternoon. 

 

Karriem, who could not be reached for comment, filed an affidavit against the mayor, who he says attacked him during a heated argument at City Hall. 

 

Columbus Chief Operations Officer David Armstrong said he could not elaborate on the incident, but he did say that it was "a very bad situation ... absolutely inexcusable."  

 

According to sources, Karriem sought treatment at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle after the incident, which occurred between 9-9:30 p.m. Baptist officials could not confirm that Karriem went to the hospital. 

 

Smith has been released on bond; his preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 27. 

 

Columbus Police Chief Joseph St. John said he turned the matter over to the county for investigation. 

 

"I felt it was the proper thing to do in this situation. That is all I can say about that," he said.

 

 

 

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Article Comment TD commented at 4/2/2010 9:32:00 PM:

Time for both the Mayor and the Councilman to RESIGN. Such behavior is unbecoming of an elected official. Both men are an embarrassment to the City of Columbus and all the law-abiding citizens in every ward of this city.

Every minute both of them stay in office hurts the image of this city.

 

Article Comment WHAT??? commented at 4/2/2010 9:37:00 PM:

Its so funny that Karriem has filed charges against another man for assaulting him. How many times has Karriem beat his wife and then fled the area to avoid being arrested??? I think its time to get rid of Karriem once and for all.

 

Article Comment GC commented at 4/2/2010 9:53:00 PM:

Who voted these idiots into office? We need to clean house.

 

Article Comment The Hip Hop Junkie commented at 4/2/2010 10:23:00 PM:

Now look what we have here.....if Kabir beats his Wife he should be voted out...but having met Mr. Smith, I would have to say yes He is A True Black Cowboy,but He is always fair.... hard but Fair. So, I think that karriem probally provoked him by doing something as silly as pointing his finger in his face and lets say that this is going on during a heated Debate....What do you expect? Now on a professional level, Smith was dead wrong!

 

Article Comment missj commented at 4/2/2010 10:26:00 PM:

in responce to "what???"....
If I am correct, this wasn't KARRIEM...it was his brother Kabir.
This has nothing to do with Karriem.

 

Article Comment jean commented at 4/2/2010 10:29:00 PM:

oops..got the names mixed up...
anyway, this is just a bad situation for them both. I had respect for each of them.

 

Article Comment Thom Geiger commented at 4/2/2010 10:38:00 PM:

They are both Karriem. One is Kabir and one is Kamal.

 

Article Comment Concerned commented at 4/2/2010 11:00:00 PM:

And as quickly as he turned himself in he was released just as quickly. So he gets his picture taken. Big deal. They should have kept him over the weekend at least.

 

Article Comment GLowe commented at 4/2/2010 11:17:00 PM:

We as a "Nation" continue to act as if ELECTED OFFICIALS are aliens of some sort, who DO NOT make mistakes like the rest of us humans? Now, don't get me wrong I feel they should hold themselves to a different standard than the average joe, but no means are exempt from making MISTAKES. Every-time an elected official "J WALKS", we call for resignation! Did you honestly think you were hiring a SAINT? And Kabir probably deserve every bit of what he got, he seems to be a "throw rocks and hide his hand" type of person! We ALL know a mixture of Testosterone+EGO+Machoness+Crowd of Instigators= FIGHT

I am by no means saying that the leader of Columbus is right! He will have to pay for this, and this he knows! I'm just saying that "hey", they both have done some good things for this city! Does the Good out weight the bad? That is why we go to the BALLOT BOOTHS!

 

Article Comment Betty commented at 4/3/2010 12:12:00 AM:

How can Kabir press charges against the mayor, when he came to the mayor office with the intention to fight mayor Smith? The mayor just protected himself. Why couldn't Kabir be a man and wait to talk to the mayor, when he wasn't angry. Mayor Smith, should press charges against Kabir for provoking him and making him look bad before his people as mayor of this city.

 

Article Comment Billy commented at 4/3/2010 1:17:00 AM:

You know what they say, "Never argue with a "fool" in public, those passing by won't know the difference". As leaders you are always in public.
Between Columbus and Aberdeen, North Mississippi could get a bad name. Hope this isn't contagious...

Do the leaders in our towns still attend church and pray, do they take the time to read the Bible? Stop and think about it, just where are we headed, what road are we on? This is Passover and Easter, go to church and repent, then go complete a good anger management course.. Be responsible to the city thet elected you to lead them.

 

Article Comment Mrs. Mary commented at 4/3/2010 3:07:00 AM:

I think most of us who went to Columbus city schools know Robert Smith is a very patient and very fair man. If he managed to keep his temper in check with hostile teens for all those years, I can't believe he would simply lose control with Kabir Kareem without a really good reason.

 

Article Comment Taxpayer commented at 4/3/2010 6:11:00 AM:

Looks like "we the people" need to hold a special election and select a new mayor. Surely we can do better than this. I wonder if Smith's picture will be in The Packet along with others who have been arrested?

 

Article Comment Taxpaper commented at 4/3/2010 6:18:00 AM:

Let's see if this turns into a double standard. The policeman who went to Vicksburg were punished with suspension of a month's pay and they did not commit assalt! Isn't this behavior similar but yet taken to higher level?

 

Article Comment DO NOT REPLY commented at 4/3/2010 9:01:00 AM:

Do not reply to CONCERNED. He's baiting and it's obvious who lacks the brain.

 

Article Comment Jack Offenhand commented at 4/3/2010 9:02:00 AM:

See the mayor up to Washington to take care of Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Article Comment chuck commented at 4/3/2010 9:09:00 AM:

and yet another blow to the "FRIENDLY CITY"! mayor arrested,easter bunny arreseted? not so friendly? one would say its a good time for a "spring cleaning"

 

Article Comment Bob commented at 4/3/2010 9:12:00 AM:

Well, the city has certainly outdone the county on this one. I don't know what Sanders and Leroy can do to top this.

 

Article Comment Aggravated commented at 4/3/2010 9:36:00 AM:

I spend a lot of time teaching my students how we need to handle conflicts professionally. I explain that in the real world, I cannot just hit another teacher if we are angry with one another. If I did, the logical consequence would be that I would be fired.

How is this any different? They were totally unprofessional. They need to resign or be fired. Anything else is just setting an example that you can act this inappropriately and get away with it.

 

Article Comment outsider commented at 4/3/2010 9:46:00 AM:

I want to thank Columbus for entertaining all of us in the golden triangle. "Arm Pit of the Golden Triangle" is a better fit for Columbus.

 

Article Comment Bout Time commented at 4/3/2010 9:57:00 AM:

GO MAYOR! It's about time somebody whupped up on dem Karriem fellas. Y'all were thinkin it too ... c'mon, be honest. We got a few more leaders in town that the Mayor needs to have a session with as well (lol). No more wasting tax dollars on long drawn out processes and procedures! Let the Mayor handle business his way and we'll see things getting done for a change (-: Who's next (lol)

 

Article Comment Randy commented at 4/3/2010 10:32:00 AM:

WAY TO GO MR SMITH, YOU GOT MY VOTE

 

Article Comment Concerned commented at 4/3/2010 10:45:00 AM:

@ DO NOT REPLY

I'm baiting nobody. I'm speaking the truth about those 2 idiots Mayor Robert Smith and Councilman Kabir Karriem. They acted like animals and both should be removed from office. It's called a political expression.

If anybody was baiting it was Councilman Kabir Karriem from sticking his fingers up in someone else's face. He handled his job like an idiot and Mayor Robert Smith responded like an idiot. Neither one deserves to represent the citizens of Columbus and should immediately be removed from office.

 

Article Comment Tychalla commented at 4/3/2010 11:00:00 AM:

So what,men scrap a little.No one was shot or cut.Everything can't be settled with talking.Get over it.No wonder young boys will pull a gun and start shooting after a heated confrontation,their mommys told them to not fight,even when someone has jumped them.A good fair dust up actually builds character.Men will scrap.The councilman sounds like a sissy.He should have faught back and after it was over,win lose or draw,went on about his business and left the fuzz out of it.He would atleasr have his manhood intact.

 

Article Comment Concerned commented at 4/3/2010 11:15:00 AM:

To resort to violence only shows you lack the intelligence to handle something with your brains. Again if this is the way someone acts under a simple political disagreement then how much better do you think these "leaders" would serve us under a natural disaster? How well do you think these "leaders" can handle their jobs based on a troubled economy?

Again people this is a sign of the people that you are wasting your votes on. Wake up. Vote for qualified people the next time. You deserve better than this. Columbus deserves better.

 

Article Comment Bout Time commented at 4/3/2010 11:23:00 AM:

TO Concerned: Why don't you run for office? It easy having all the right answers sitting at your computer (-: Why don't you go talk to the Mayor (lol) ... call him an idiot to his face (lol) ... I bet your brains won't let you do something that smart (-: I agree with Tychally some times when you can't reason with all the dust in your rugs you have to grab'em off the floor and beat it out the old fashion way (-:

 

Article Comment Concerned commented at 4/3/2010 11:51:00 AM:

@ Bout Time

"some times when you can't reason"

That is a prime example of what I am talking about. If the mayor or council had brains they could reason. Of course I couldn't expect someone like you to understand that. And also that is a prime example of why I compared their behavior to animals. Animals lack the inability to reason.

 

Article Comment Thom Geiger commented at 4/3/2010 12:03:00 PM:

During the mayoral campaign, one of the points in my platform
(http://ctalks.net/index.php?showtopic=12967&hl=conduct)
was a proposed Code of Conduct for every elected and appointed official of the city. No one was to be exempt from it and everyone would be subject to the provisions in it.
There was a sample of one on my campaign web site which included specific consequences that would result from violations of the code.
I first proposed the idea of a city Code of Conduct as a candidate for city council, when the city was having problems with the behaviour of a certain council member.
A few people said such a thing wasn't needed, since the state has ethical laws in place, but this instance is a good example of the type of circumstances that should be covered by misbehaviour on the part of any elected or appointed official. Maybe with this latest lapse in professional conduct, the taxpayers might yet see some serious consideration of the idea.
The sample COC on I mentioned during the campaign can be seen at
http://www.whatcolumbusneeds.com/conduct1.htm

 

Article Comment Concerned commented at 4/3/2010 12:10:00 PM:

@ Thom Geiger

A certain code of conduct use to be "understood" when you accepted any office. However I agree for some you have to spell it out.

 

Article Comment REAL commented at 4/3/2010 12:35:00 PM:

HONESTLY I CANT THINK OF NO PERSON IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WHO WOULD SIT THEIR AND LET ANYONE DISRESPECT THEM AND POINT FINGERS IN THEIR FACE..I FEEL LIKE WHATEVER HAPPENED AT THE MEETING SHOULD HAVE STAYED AT THE MEETING.. ME PERSONALLY, I AM BEHIND ROBERT SMITH ALL THE WAY, HE DID WHAT HE HAD TO DO TO GET HIS RESPECT. ITS ALL ABOUT RESPECT.YOU CAN NOT JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER AND YOU CAN NOT JUDGE ROBERT SMITH CAUSE OF ONE MISTAKE, HE DIDNT HIT THE MAN JUST TO BE HITTING HIM..KARRIEM HAD TO PROVOKE HIM.. EVERYONE MAKES MISTAKES AND AINT NOONE PERFECT. IT COULD HAVE BEEN A BETTER WAY TO HANDLE THE PROBLEM BUT THINGS HAPPEN.. WE ARE ALL HUMAN!

 

Article Comment Bout Time commented at 4/3/2010 12:37:00 PM:

Back @ Concerned: You obviously don't watch wildlife programs on TV to qualify you to make any comparisons to how animals act. Most animals have enough reasoning to avoid confrontation whenever its possible. They mostly attack when "threaten" or "provoked." But I wouldn't expect you to understand that because you're obviously like one of those domesticated animals whose lost touch with reality.

 

Article Comment F.L. commented at 4/3/2010 12:40:00 PM:

Awesome....I'm just waiting to hear that Obama socked the Iranian President in the nose. I guess the Mayor got tired of the old saying, "you can't reason with an idiot", and took action.

 

Article Comment Concerned commented at 4/3/2010 12:48:00 PM:

@ Bout Time

"Most animals have enough reasoning to avoid confrontation whenever its possible."

That was exactly my point too.

 

Article Comment L.A. commented at 4/3/2010 1:07:00 PM:

Jesus said, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!" Maybe, it is time we all take a look at ourselves and remember when you point a finger there are three pointing back at you. Maybe we need to ask God to heal our city and our elected officials.

 

Article Comment INMYAMERICA? commented at 4/3/2010 1:13:00 PM:

I think Columbus and the Golden Triangle in general is a great area. I've lived here off and on for the last few years, and am here most of the time now, and there are a lot of really nice people here. I have however, come to the realization that two extremes seem to exist, maybe not just in this area, but more so in this area than a lot of places. On one hand, there are lots of great businesses, good places to shop and eat, colleges, the U, and State right down the road, we have technology thats moving the world so fast that the things of yesterday's science fiction are now becoming realities in blink of an eye, (FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE?)and that I feel is one extreme, the vessels of ever existing and proportionaly increasing change. But the other extreme that I see here is what makes my useless chatter on-subject. I see in the midst of all this "progression" a LOT of people who are unwilling to make the RIGHT kind of changes. All the technology in the world can't save us from ourselves and our own demons. And it seems to me that its time for the people of Columbus to make a decision. And that includes the elected and other existing leaders, in fact especially the leaders. I'm not taking either side here, and I'm not saying get rid of either one of them. Thats just more of that extreme thinking on both parties involved that caused this whole thing. Think of the future of your loved ones that live here, and everwhere. Compromise. And when you can't find a way to do that, MOVE ON to something else and when you get something else accomplished TOGETHER, try again to find compromise. ALL RELIGIONS teach that. Violence solves NOTHING. Neither does provocation. Turn your energies toward the proper direction to accomplish the goals you were put into office to accomplish. PEOPLE ALL OVER ARE SUFFERING! PEACE. -S.H. READ JOHN 3:17 most people stop with the verse before that.

 

Article Comment Concerned commented at 4/3/2010 1:14:00 PM:

@ Bout Time

Hey bout time read these state laws and tell me which ones you do not understand. Then tell me if either one of the officials were not guilty of breaking these laws. Then answer this question. Why was neither one of these people charged these crimes as well as the assault charges that were brought forth by Councilman Kabir Karriem.

http://michie.lexisnexis.com/mississippi/lpExt.dll/mscode/1fa62/206a9/206c7?f=templates&fn=document-frame.htm&2.0#JD_97-35-13

§ 97-35-13. Disturbance in public place.

Any person who shall enter any public place of business of any kind whatsoever, or upon the premises of such public place of business, or any other public place whatsoever, in the State of Mississippi, and while therein or thereon shall create a disturbance, or a breach of the peace, in any way whatsoever, including, but not restricted to, loud and offensive talk, the making of threats or attempting to intimidate, or any other conduct which causes a disturbance or breach of the peace or threatened breach of the peace, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) or imprisoned in jail not more than six (6) months, or both such fine and imprisonment.
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http://michie.lexisnexis.com/mississippi/lpExt.dll/mscode/1fa62/206a9/206cc?f=templates&fn=document-frame.htm&2.0#JD_97-35-15

§ 97-35-15. Disturbance of the public peace or the peace of others; exception.

(1) Any person who disturbs the public peace, or the peace of others, by violent, or loud, or insulting, or profane, or indecent, or offensive, or boisterous conduct or language, or by intimidation, or seeking to intimidate any other person or persons, or by conduct either calculated to provoke a breach of the peace, or by conduct which may lead to a breach of the peace, or by any other act, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or by imprisonment in the county jail not more than six (6) months, or both.

(2) The act of breast-feeding shall not constitute a breach of the peace.

(3) The provisions of this section are supplementary to the provisions of any other statute of this state.
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Now you tell me where either one of these elected officials (Karriem and Smith) has the intelligence to be granted the right to serve me and every other citizen of Columbus? Does Karriem not realize that his threatening the mayor was just as bad as the mayor getting physical? Karriem invaded the mayors personal space by pointing his finger in his face and trying to intimidate the mayor which according to state law is a crime.

Now if both of them are guilty of this crime then why were they both not charged with "Disturbance of the public peace" of § 97-35-13 and § 97-35-15?

Continue watching wild kingdom and letting the chickens teach your kids how to strut. I'll stick to state laws. Again they were acting like animals.

 

Article Comment Thom Geiger commented at 4/3/2010 1:32:00 PM:

@Concerned; that's my point.
How many times do our city officials have to be caught committing unethical, illegal, outrageous, immoral and/or inexcusable behavior while in office until we decide enough is enough? The list is long, too long already- does it all need to be listed here? Crack houses, cell phones, spousal abuse, theft of taxpayer money, taking bribes and extortion, sexual harassment and the list goes on and on. Many of us think the time is past due for a remedy to what is obviously a terminal lack of good judgment on the part of immature local officials.
These individuals, by virtue of being public officials, are adults, not children. They shouldn't need apologists to excuse their behavior and never does one wrong excuse another wrong- two wrongs don't make either one right and apologists are enablers. Stop enabling these individuals. Let these people stand on their own, answer on their own, face any consequences on their own, be it from the public taxpayers or the press or in a court of law. They are not babies, even if they choose to act like it.
Let's not give them a choice (as our local officials apparently default to whatever satisfies them at the moment) or leave it up to discretion (as we can see how some don't have it or know how to use it) as to how they will or won't act. This is a clear example of what happens when we do.

 

Article Comment Concerned commented at 4/3/2010 1:45:00 PM:

@ Thom

The only way it will stop is if our local law enforcement starts enforcing the laws.

It's not racism. It's not pointing fingers.

It's enforcing the law.

Again their reactions is just a small sign of their incapabilities to reasonably do the job that they were elected to do.

 

Article Comment Mr. Bo commented at 4/3/2010 2:03:00 PM:

I've known Robert (coach Smith) for many many years personally. Many years ago ( about 15 or 16 ) I had a disagreement or a strong difference of opinion with Robert. I confronted Robert that day. I got in his face and pointed fingers and called names and cursed and said some things that I am ashamed I said to any human being in anger. Nevertheless I said them and shortly there after regretted it. see I didn't get the reaction I was looking for. Robert had every reason to lash out at me that day and react violently tword me but he didn't. he asked me to be a bigger man and walk away. after some thought I did just that. he gave me time to cool down and then approached me to discuss the difference and explain the decision he had made. He gained my respect that day and has never lost it. Robert and I still have dealings with each other from time to time to this day and he always treats me with respect and professionalism. what ever took place at city hall had to be unavoidable on Roberts part in my opinion. And its just that. my opinion.

 

Article Comment L.A. commented at 4/3/2010 2:08:00 PM:

"You have heard it said, An eye an eye and a tooth for a tooth." But I say to you, do not resist the evildoer. But whoever strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other to him as well. And if someone wants to sue you and to take you tunic, give him you coat also. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two. You have heard it said, 'love you enemy and pray for those who persecute you.
But most of all, Love you neighbor as yourself. In a perfect world this would be easy to do, but our world is far from perfect. It's all about how we handle ourselves and our attuides keeping in mind how we would like to be treated. I myself will pray for Mr. Smith and Mr. Karriem and my prayer is, you will do the same.

 

Article Comment Concerned commented at 4/3/2010 2:17:00 PM:

@ Bout Time

I'm not trying to impress you or anybody :)

I'm simply stating the facts. Sometimes ignorance can silence the facts and I really don't like when that happens. I am simply exercising my "constitutional right" to criticize our government. Given their conduct they need criticizing.

In case you don't know the difference in the mayor and the law enforcement officers ... by them doing that to a law enforcement officer would have had them locked up quick. It's one thing to do it to a citizen but from my experience the law doesn't like it at all when you do it to them.

What's your point? LOL There were no excuses for their actions. Even the witness said so.

 

Article Comment Concerned commented at 4/3/2010 2:24:00 PM:

@ Bout Time

I'm sorry. I didn't take into consideration that you might not understand what a law enforcement officer is. Let me explain. He is a person who was given the "power to enforce the laws".

Then you have the people who "interpret the laws".

And then you have people who "make the laws".

Let me know if there is something you don't quiet understand and I will be more that happy to help you understand it.

 

Article Comment L.A. commented at 4/3/2010 2:34:00 PM:

I am not in approval of their actions only that what's done is done. A good lesson to learn from all of it is as stated. When we as a people choose violence instead of love, respect and understanding. Even when it hurts to do so we all suffer from it. Why don't you forgive them, pray for them, and hope they have learned a valuable lesson. When we do something wrong whoever we may be or what ever position we hold we, in most instances, we will have to pay for our actions. David in the I Samuel chapter 11 learned that lesson. Let us spread a good message to our community and send that to those who were involved. Work like it depends on us but pray like it depends on GOD. Then, leave it alone. What will be done will be done!

 

Article Comment whatdiduexpect commented at 4/3/2010 2:43:00 PM:

come on columbus/lowndes. what did you really expect. honestly. when you put people of this caliber and class in public office where they can be seen 24/7, i mean really. you know good and well whats going to happen. stop selling yourself short and do something about it at the polls. i didn't think it could get any worse than harry and leroy. i guess the city council was jealous of all the attention. if these four idiots are supposed to representatives of our community, GOD HELP US.

 

Article Comment Concerned commented at 4/3/2010 2:47:00 PM:

@ L.A.

The bible teaches us that that we are to create a judicial system and submit to our governing authority. That means part of submitting to that governing authority is abiding by the rules of the governing authority. Part of the rules in the governing authority also presents fines and consequences for one's actions.

Please understand L.A. that I appreciate your use of God's words and I'm sure God feels the same. But it doesn't say we should look over the actions of these city officials. In fact it says we will still be accountable for out sins (or actions).

So this isn't something that needs "looking over". It needs addressing and appropriate actions put in place to prevent it from happening again.

I've included below a passage from the bible that I hope you will enjoy :)

Quote from Romans chapter 13

1Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.
The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling
against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.

http://www.biblica.com/bible/verse/index.php?q=romans13&niv=yes

 

Article Comment JT commented at 4/3/2010 2:53:00 PM:

you know everone is saying what robert smith did was wrong. well has anyone stop to think what karriem did to pervoke him to his actions? also there is people saying lets vote robert smith out. you need to set down and think about all the good things robert has done for columbus, and than think how the karriem brothers are. robert i would pat you on the back for what you did, you now have your respect in some people. lets see it coming up election time again and the ones that didnt want robert in the office cause of color is now going to try harder to get him out. that just means that the ones that voted him in needs to work even harder to keep him in. i think what we all need to do is vote out all the karriem's from office for good. and for the (concerned)why dont you stand up in some of the meetings and tell robert what you think. i will tell you why, because you dont have the BALLS to stand up to anyone. you sound like your one of those people that talks the trash and runs and hides, or call the police on someone. let me see you stand up in a meeting and give robert a peace of your mind.

 

Article Comment Concerned commented at 4/3/2010 2:59:00 PM:

@ JT

I will not even address your remark. It clearly states that your only concern is because of his color.

"cause of color is now going to try harder to get him out. that just means that the ones that voted him in needs to work even harder to keep him in."

Another perfect example of someone who can't win an argument based on intelligence.

 

Article Comment jd commented at 4/3/2010 3:16:00 PM:

Respect and provocation! Sometimes it takes more of a man to walk away from a fight than to become a partner to it. Any fool can start a provocation. Respect is something you earn by the way you live or act toward your fellow man. Because you walk away from a fight no way affects your sense of respect for yourself or for your fellow man. I get so tired of hearing that this man or that disrespected someone. To earn someone's respect you must first learn to respect yourself. You must put forward the personna of someone who is due respect by your actions toward your fellow man. If you act a fool and start getting in someone's face in argument, you are doing little to earn anyone's respect. If you disrespect yourself, how in the world can you expect anyone to respect you. Provocation may lead to more intense argument, but only threat of bodily harm or life threatening situations should lead to the use of physical force.

 

Article Comment Santa commented at 4/3/2010 4:03:00 PM:

Since the Easter Bunny was arrested will the Little Children have eggs in the morning? Somebody needs to stop the madness going on.

 

Article Comment Bout Time commented at 4/3/2010 4:23:00 PM:

@ Concerned:

This is my last comment to you. You strike me as someone who knows just enough about everything to know absolutely nothing about anything; and that little bit of insight that you possess has deceived you into thinking you're the brightest star in the sky. Well take joy in these few moments of fame because when this story is done soon you return to your state of bliss. Oh, one more thing ... I still bet you won't go call the Mayor an idiot to his face (-: You keep avoiding that so maybe you have some sense after all (lol) .. take care and Happy Easter, its been fun chatting with you.

 

Article Comment hoho commented at 4/3/2010 4:28:00 PM:

if the easter bunny was white
and the mayor and council was black
and all the easter bunny did was complain about her check
but the two black men were in a fist fight
then why did they lock up the white easter bunny
but didn't arrest the 2 black men for fighting

is the columbus police department discriminating against white easter bunnies

discrimination
discrimination
will the aclu take this case

 

Article Comment Concerned commented at 4/3/2010 4:31:00 PM:

@ Bout Time

No! I just refuse to let you drag me down to your level of ignorance.

 

Article Comment jim commented at 4/3/2010 4:34:00 PM:

attn people of columbus....go back 6 or 7 years, some executives were here from another country. when they woke up on monday morning the turned on our lack luster excuse of a tv station and imagine if this was the lead story....would any of the companies who have decided to bless the golden triangle actually settled on our community? i dont care who pointed, yelled,cussed,punched,accused,or even who got in a headlock first. they should both resign effective immeadiately and a special election should be held. luckily for us wcbi will probably stick to cooking and weather. i dont know how many hotel rooms are in the golden triangle, but what are the chances that a ceo is in town looking to relocate his/her company here or to do business with someone thats here already. i know im embarassed. are you?

 

Article Comment Concerned commented at 4/3/2010 4:36:00 PM:

@ Bout Time

However ... even though we don't share the same political views, I do wish you and your family a happy easter. And I truly mean that.

 

Article Comment dr commented at 4/3/2010 4:38:00 PM:

Why is everybody calling for someone to resign. It was a simple fight, the two participants just happened to be a city councilman and a mayor. For God's sake, it is only a misdemeanor. People fight everyday and get charged with misdemeanors all the time. A traffic violation is a misdemeanor, should someone have to resign for getting a traffic ticket? This stupid-a--, idiot, that calls himself "Concerned" should move his dumb-a-- out to the furthest area of civilazation, because he needs to be in a place where there is no minorities, because he thinks that we are beneath him. He is probably an ignorant, "redneck" that blames other people because he is a mediocre piece of sh--. Why does he keep bringing up "Katrina"? Was he down there? Probably not, he was probably holed up in the hills, practicing burning crosses.

 

Article Comment ERP commented at 4/3/2010 5:06:00 PM:

I love the Columbus-Lowndes County area and that will never change but things are definitely not the same as they once were. Columbus-Lowndes is becoming immoral, ignorant and dangerous. Look at the actions of the city and county officials. They are an embarrassment no matter what color they are. Who are we to decide whether a person needs a beatdown or not? Those who provoke and those who respond to altercations are weak minded individuals. I've had insults thrown at me and blows landed to spark altercation. The worldly person in me wanted to beat the crap out of the individual but thanks to Jesus I thought otherwise. We need Jesus back in the Golden Triangle. We are not in the Wild West, prehistoric times or the Middle Ages. This is a nation of civilized, intelligent human beings. Let's start acting like it. Please!

 

Article Comment "REAL" commented at 4/3/2010 5:43:00 PM:

Think about when you were young or when you were working and your co-worker Gossiped. Writing comments are the same thing!!!!!!!

Stop judging one another, let the law be the law and let your vote work. But you don't have to trash innocent or good people for a mistake. Everyone act like they are so good or so on a higher level that a mistake is beneath them. We all make mistake, we just need to learn from them and pray that they have and give it to GOD.

Gossip To God not each other!!!!!!!

 

Article Comment OPINION commented at 4/3/2010 5:59:00 PM:

Hello everybody, listen up! The dispatch is kind enough to make an OPINION page available. Everyone is free to state an OPINION, it's not a place to debate back and forth and back and forth and back and forth to try and impress each other with how much you know about everything . Just an OPINION page, that's all.

 

Article Comment J-Rock commented at 4/3/2010 6:52:00 PM:

Man i think he got what was coming too him. Kabir knows he won his seat on the board off his brothers name! We don't want a choclate City, but that's what Kabir wants because I have heard him say it. The Mayor is fair to everyone black or white. Kabir has ONLY worked with his mother, he knows NOTHING about real life as a working man.
I just hate that the Mayor got mixed up with that fool!

 

Article Comment Bout Time commented at 4/3/2010 7:11:00 PM:

@ OPINION:

Your opinion to address everyone is no different then our opinion addressing each other. You don't lead by example by setting a bad one (-: The Dispatch has also provided a means for identifying who one thinks is inappropriate, use that process. But don't share your opinion to tell others about sharing theirs ... just a thought.

 

Article Comment Old School commented at 4/3/2010 8:00:00 PM:

Probably fighting over a woman. That's the reason nobody will comment. Give'em both a gun and let'em go at it. ha ha

 

Article Comment SAD commented at 4/3/2010 8:04:00 PM:

Columbus is a joke. High School prinicipal paid his way out of sexual harssement charges, Superintendent put 1 million dollars in a football program that won 4 games in 2 years, city can't afford to finish building a new unnecessary middle school, city with the worst roads and drainage system, a poor police department that can't find a man that is walking the streets of Southside everyday. County supervisors who can't come together to agree even if they were on fire, to put out the fire. So racially divided it's not funny. We have 3 or 4 private school.

 

Article Comment Concerned commented at 4/3/2010 8:44:00 PM:

Lets see, I just got back from mowing mom's yard. What went on while I was gone? Oh I see I got called a stupid redneck LOL. See what I mean? They will keep coming at you with their ignorance. Their mayor made an idiot of himself and in his defense his supporters tries to drag everyone down to the same level of ignorance as he is. I see what's going on. If you can't beat 'em with intelligence then you can darn sure try to make them look as stupid as you. That way you won't be alone.

Tell me how you justify the mayor acting like an idiot and breaking the law and resorting to violence? Maybe it would be best if the mayor spoke for himself because the people speaking up for him isn't doing very well.

By the way ... what time does "The Wild kingdom" come on? I need to brush up on my social skills a bit.

 

Article Comment momof3 commented at 4/3/2010 9:15:00 PM:

I think here we have a great opportunity for the Dispatch to do the right thing and actually report the news of this town. I am looking forward to my Sunday paper and I can't wait to see the information the Dispatch will provide its readers concerning this story.

The truth is, the city of Columbus will soon be welcoming manyn visitors into the "Friendly City" for Pilgrimmage. Isn't it a shame these visitors will find this story to read throughout the week? Let's be clear that an elected official of any race or gender accepts the job with the understanding that they will and should be held to a higher standard. No matter who is at fault in this situation, in all honesty the disgrace is all the same that it even occurred. This town CAN NOT move forward, in soliciting large businesses and possibly even keeping this base open, with leadership that doesn't speak properly much less behave that way. Make a change Columbus! Everyone must vote when election time comes around, but do not cast a vote because of someone's skin color. It is essential that this town elects leaders who are truly qualified and capable to take us forward.

 

Article Comment POOPED OUT commented at 4/3/2010 9:39:00 PM:

THE EASTER BUNNY HAS A POLICE RECORD AND NO ONE CARES. SHAME ON ALL OF YOU. WHICH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT - THE MAYOR OR THE EASTER BUNNY? I GOING WITH THE EASTER BUNNY ! WHAT DID YOU SAY - THE MAYOR LAID AN EGG !

 

Article Comment WWW. commented at 4/3/2010 11:07:00 PM:

These are the words of CONCERNED:

"See what I mean? They will keep coming at you with their ignorance. Their mayor made an idiot of himself and in his defense his supporters tries to drag everyone down to the same level of ignorance as he is. I see what's going on. If you can't beat 'em with intelligence then you can darn sure TRY TO make them look as stupid as you."

1. "Kind of reflects the same behavior we saw in New Orleans after Katrina hit. ***Chaos*** They don't have the brains to reason so they act like animals."

2. "I'm speaking the truth about those 2 idiots Mayor Robert Smith and Councilman Kabir Karriem. They acted like animals and both should be removed from office."

3. "He handled his job like an idiot and Mayor Robert Smith responded like an idiot."

4. "If the mayor or council had brains they could reason. Of course I couldn't expect someone like you to understand that."

5. "However I agree for some you have to spell it out."

6. "Another perfect example of someone who can't win an argument based on intelligence."

7. "No! I just refuse to let you drag me down to your level of ignorance."

"See what I mean? They will keep coming at you with their ignorance. Their mayor made an idiot of himself and in his defense his supporters tries to drag everyone down to the same level of ignorance as he is. I see what's going on. If you can't beat 'em with intelligence then you can darn sure try to make them look as stupid as you."

WHAT ??????

Who lacks intelligence ? Who's trying to make whom look stupid, TOO ?

WOWWWWWWWWWWW.... that's funny !

 

Article Comment Concerned commented at 4/3/2010 11:22:00 PM:

@ WWW

So is this the best response you have for your mayor Smith and counsilman Karriem acting like idiots?

 

Article Comment TAXPAYER commented at 4/4/2010 1:42:00 AM:

It doesn't matter how big and bad you suppose to be all of that goes out the window WHEN YOU"RE AT WORK!!! This ignorance happened on my taxpaying time.

First off this is their job! How are you going to fight at your job, i'm sure we've all came in contact with an idiot at our job....AND HOW DID YOU REACT??? This is not right and for "YOU PEOPLE" to praise this behavior by saying "GO SMITH" "KABIR DESERVED IT" is appalling! YES councilman Karriem was clearly out of line for letting his emotion get the best of him but Mayor Smith could have just as easily took a step back and handled this situation like a PROFESSIONAL suppose to... I just smdh at it all. Its just ridiculous! I hope we don't continue to pay these idiots with my HARD EARNED MONEY!!! We (BLACK PEOPLE) can't get anywhere acting like the "MONKEYS" that we get call. Y'all giving folks something to talk about. JUST PLAIN IGNORANT!!!!!

 

Article Comment TC commented at 4/4/2010 2:37:00 AM:

Concerned, I'm with you 100% and you've clearly won this debate. But I must add the black/animal tactics of winning is to fight. HUMANS sit down and work their differences out, shake hands and move on.

Oh yea, there are people who comment here promoting the fighting, but consider the source...animals.

Elected and/or appointed officials engaged in violence on or off public property need to go to jail plus lose their job. Period!

 

Article Comment magic commented at 4/4/2010 8:25:00 AM:

a thug in a suit is the joke i made against the mayor, but i do know that he is gentle person and like one reader said if these crazzzy tails teenagers didnt push his buttons then kabir who is a real donkey behind of a person had to push them. if kabir had never his butt looking for the mayor he wouldnt gotten his butt kicked, then he cry like a baby & press charges. seem like kabir is following in his brother footstep.

 

Article Comment SARA commented at 4/4/2010 9:05:00 AM:

Please - NO BRIDGE UNTIL WE HAVE THE MONEY. DON"T WASTE ANYMORE TAX MONEY. CLEAN UP THE CITY FIRST. GET LAW AND ORDER AND A CLEANER CITY. THIS COULD BE THE BESR CITY IN THE STATE IF WE WORKED TOGETHER. IF WE DON'T -WELL I HATE TO THINK WHERE WE WILL END UP. WAKE UP COLUMBUS. THIS IS NOT A RACE ISSURE IT'S A COMMUNITY ONE.

 

Article Comment Concerned commented at 4/4/2010 10:35:00 AM:

1) How many jobs will restoration of this bridge create for the community and,

2) How much revenue will this construction create for our local businesses as well as taxes from money being spent at our local businesses.

If it can create 10 jobs for our local work force then I would consider it a plus to renovate the bridge. As scarce as jobs are to find in construction and with people losing houses and cars and filing bankruptcy it seems like it could still be a worthwhile project if it creates revenue and jobs and prevents people from filing bankruptcy.

 

Article Comment forbigk commented at 4/4/2010 12:41:00 PM:

The K man was standing up for what he thought was best for Columbus. He had the guts to do it. The Mayor didn't have to do what he did unless K punched him first. The Mayor was the bully this time and should step down. Lost all credibility in my book. K has every right to press charges and sue the Mayor. Wouldn't you?

 

Article Comment Brian commented at 4/4/2010 12:41:00 PM:

I love Starkville.

 

Article Comment captain chaos commented at 4/4/2010 12:42:00 PM:

looks like the board of supervisors has influenced the city council. mma vs ufc

 

Article Comment Payback commented at 4/4/2010 1:46:00 PM:

Robert Smith never meant the City of Columbus nor the people in Columbus any good, But that's what yall get for voting for him just because he is black. Kabir never should of gotten tied up with him any way (he is not on your level and never will be). This man (Robert) has done so much in this town to blacks and covered it up, until it is not real. I didn't vote for him then and never will.He was okay as long as he was going to Mama's kitchen getting those free plates for lunch.

 

Article Comment Sergeant commented at 4/4/2010 5:09:00 PM:

I just finished reading most of the "posts" in the Sunday paper about the Mayor and Councilman and I really can't believe that some in the city have condoned and/or excused the actions of both of these elected officials and men. Yes they are just human and they do make mistakes however the "mistake" that the mayor made is inexcusable. You are talking about a man that is in effect the "CEO" of our city. He is supposed to be our elected leader of the city and not some thug that settles disputes with violence. I don't care if Mr. Karriem had jumped up on the Mayor's desk and stuck a finger in his face. Mr. Smith should have been the bigger man and not done anything.

One post talked about whenever an elected official "jay walks" we call for their resignation. Well we aren't talking about them jay walking. We are talking about a mayor putting a councilman in a headlock to the point where he had to seek medical attention. For that I AM calling for the Mayor's resignation. There may, in fact, be a time and place for a violent altercation but in the Mayor's office is NEVER the place. Our elected officials are in fact elected to serve us and make decisions and therefore they are our employees and we have every right to call for their resignation when they do something like this.

If I had an employee where I work that put another employee in a headlock over something then I would fire them on the spot. This is no different.

The mayor needs to resign and let a person that will not fly out of control when confronted with a person that doesn't agree with them regradless of how they disagree.

 

Article Comment Matt commented at 4/4/2010 5:50:00 PM:

They both should resign. Add another voice to the list calling for it.

 

Article Comment ms annie commented at 4/4/2010 6:57:00 PM:

I can't believe we get a black Mayor and he goes and makes a fool of himself. It makes me think about how I will vote next time. Then there is the cancilman that has that radio show that should be taken off the air. I aint never heard such foolishness in all my life. If a white man did that they would have him thoen out of town. If this mess dont stop we all will be back 20 years. I never though I would live to see all this mess in my life time. I am over 80 years old and I just hope this will all go away. I aint never going to listen to that radio show again. I am going to look for someone else to vote for next time. Some one else said Mr kerriem was going to run for mayor next time. I think that would be a waste of time. We got to fix this mess right now. Where are these two people now any way. They need to show their face and not hide no moore.

 

Article Comment add em up commented at 4/4/2010 9:49:00 PM:

Resign!

 

Article Comment agreed commented at 4/4/2010 9:51:00 PM:

Resign!

 

Article Comment kristina commented at 5/11/2010 9:12:00 AM:

Thom,
I am writing you this letter in hope that maybe you will respond via US Postal Service. I don't know what is going on, but I think it is very unfair of you to refuse me a chance to know if you are my father or not. I have been waiting for 13 years at the end of this month to know the truth. I want a blood test. You said before that you wanted it too, but you have made me wait over a month for a response, and I am wondering if I am ever going to get one.
I want you to know something, I am SICK and TIRED of being treated like a stray dog that just showed up outside someone's door step. My entire family treats me like that, and now you too. Let me tell you something Mr. Geiger, it is not MY fault that I was conceived or that I was born. It was not MY fault that my mother did what she did or made the choices that she did. It was not MY fault you and my mother could not make your relationship work. I did not ASK to be born, did I? So how is it that I am the only hone suffering from this whole mess?
You keep saying how you and your wife have suffered, and how people have treated you. How about the way you have treated me? You slept with my mother, got her pregnant, married her, and then just tossed me out like yesterday's garbage. To this day you treat me like I am some nuisance filled stray dog that keeps scratching at your door for some reason. I want answers and it is YOUR responsibility to give them to me.
If you would have tried to find me... you would have found me. I have been in Mississippi for over 10 years now, when have I heard anything from you? I have tried to contact you several times, and all I have heard back is "if you contact us again, we will press charges for harassment" You are the epitome of hypocrisy Thom. You preach about truth, and facts to all of the people on your forums, but you have no idea what that word means do you?
If you were so interested in "facts" or so interested in the truth, you would be getting the blood test wouldn't you? But no, you are afraid that I am going to cause problems with your wife. YOU won't even tell me if I have brothers and sisters somewhere I don't know about. I know I do. Why won't you at least grant me that? I want to know Thom. I guess my first impression of you was wrong... you are not a smart and reasonable person, because if you were, you would be trying to resolve this issue, or at least paying some attention to it.
I am so tired of being treated this way by someone I don't even know, but I will not stop until I have the answers that I am looking for. What are you afraid of? That you neglected a part of you for 25 years? That you acted like she didn't exist and you knew where she was the entire time? I already told you what I want... when you so blatantly told me supposedly that I can not get money from you because you put in the divorce papers I couldn't have any money unless there was a blood test performed.
My opinions on that are that I don't care who a man thinks he is or isn't.... if there is a possibility that he fathers a child, he should step up and take care of that responsibility. It takes two people to have a child, not just one. My mother definitely did not impregnate herself. You came looking for me when you were running for office for some reason last year.
You told the people you talked to that you knew I was your daughter, and I looked just like your sister. There really isn't any question in your mind about it but let me quote you from your last email "my conscience is clear" can not be true because if it is you are a heartless man. I have been an outcast my entire life because my "father" left me. I was never dales real daughter and no one saw it that way, my mother's family didn't accept me because they never accepted you.
Point being Thom, I want my chance. I DESERVE to know if you are my father or not!! I have tried and tried to get in contact with you and get this solved, but you keep dodging me. Especially after I told you that I was rh- antibody. You know that affects less than 15 percent of the population worldwide. So there is very little possibilities of someone that either of you knew being rh- as well that could have been my father. It would have been a freak occurrence. I am going to keep sending this letter, I am going to keep trying to get in contact with you until you get what you wanted... a blood test... I know now that you will never let me in your life, or in your heart, or share any kind of emotional attachment to me.
You make known publically your views on other races.... But all the things that you claim to be upheld in other communities...and trademarks of what you think they are like "dead beat dads" you need to go look in the mirror at yourself. I am tired of you and your holier than thou attitude, I am tired of you thinking that you decide when things happen like you are some kind of ruler over my life.
You slept with my mother, you married her... you are on my birth certificate... you have an obligation to me whether you like it or not. I am not some poor uneducated person you can persuade to believe anything that you want. You do have an obligation to me.... You owe me not only an explanation but the truth. My mother didn't make you stay away... my mother did not put a gun to your head and stay away from your daughter.... And even then most GOOD parents would have still pursued the issue...I guess that's just not something you will ever be is it?
I have four children and you have met and spent time with two of them.... When are you going to meet the other two? You can go and listen to my life from everyone I know, and not hear the truth from me? How is that right? Right now, I think that you came looking for me last year while you were running for office just because you wanted to keep drama down and you didn't want me to ruin things for you. Looks like I didn't have to do that, because from what people say, you do that on your own. You are no better than me, in fact I am a product of you. So in that sense, I am the best parts of you, at least that is how I see having children.
I will await your response....... You know how to get in contact with me!!

Kristina

 

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