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April 9, 2010 2:03:00 PM
Columbus Mayor Robert Smith and Ward 5 City Councilman Kabir Karriem signed a joint statement, Thursday, forgiving each other for a fist fight between the two.
"Regardless where the blame should be placed, the best thing for the City of Columbus, including its residents, businesses and employees, is to put this matter behind us and forgive each other," the statement reads.
In the statement, the city officials also pledge to drop simple assault charges against each other and agreed to make "no further comments or publications about the incident."
The mayor and councilman got into a physical altercation, April 1, at City Hall. Smith and Karriem were arguing over Karriem requesting discussion of the city''s responsibility in matching funds for a $2 million MDOT grant to repair the old river bridge.
Karriem was treated at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle late the same night and pressed charges against the mayor the following day. Smith turned himself in to the Lowndes County Sheriff''s Office and posted a $250 bond. Three days later, he filed simple assault charges against Karriem, who also turned himself to the LCSO and was released on a $250 bond.
Once charges are formally dropped, Monday at the earliest, the men''s April 27 court date at Lowndes County Justice Court will be canceled.
Smith and Karriem already have already signed off on an order to drop the charges; it now needs approval from a Justice Court judge.
MB commented at 4/9/2010 2:29:00 PM:
Karriem is still a thug! No I do not live in Columbus but from what I have read about this man and what he did, he's just carrying on a old "Family Tradition".
Michael commented at 4/9/2010 2:31:00 PM:
I would prefer they resign!!!!!!
Justin Smith commented at 4/9/2010 2:42:00 PM:
What's next for the two? Warm showers together?
Concerned commented at 4/9/2010 2:54:00 PM:
If they ever hook up with the drunk police officers that went to Vicksburg then it is highly probably they would end up in a drunken slub of a condition hanging over each other. That very well could lead to a shower!!! Be careful what you ask for!!!
tupelojoe81 commented at 4/9/2010 2:55:00 PM:
they will smoke a joint or sniff some cocaine and be merry together.
Kevin commented at 4/9/2010 3:53:00 PM:
Jail house religion. They both need to be kicked to the curb.
bb commented at 4/9/2010 3:58:00 PM:
I think it's a shame that two ( leaders ? ? ) should act the way they have. It would be much better for them and for the people that they work for if they would just resign. I'm sure businesses and people that look at Columbus as a possible future home will possibly be having second thoughts. PLEASE RESIGN FOR THE SAKE OF COLUMBUS AND THE PEOPLE THAT PAY YOUR SALARIES.
Question commented at 4/9/2010 3:58:00 PM:
Where will they stand when the next case comes up to punish or not punish a subordinate??? Let the punishment fit the crime. Is a verbal reprimand fitting to the embarassment and shame they put on Columbus? Any subordinate who gets into a fight from now on will have to be given nothing more than a verbal chewing out. The precident has been set by some of the council, don't you agree? Fred couldn't care less either way, just along for the ride.
interesting commented at 4/9/2010 4:29:00 PM:
they will say anything to keep their job
TG commented at 4/9/2010 4:52:00 PM:
Round one was a draw remember this is a 15 round event.
Walter 3 commented at 4/9/2010 6:32:00 PM:
As stated nothing is going to CHANGE. Did you really think they would do the right thing? Get REAL!
robert commented at 4/9/2010 6:43:00 PM:
I could see this going in a bad direction from the start. South side - North side + bad blood. It ain't over yet! As TG said "round one". I hope the city can stand 14 more rounds.
mike commented at 4/9/2010 7:56:00 PM:
I wonder if the mayor would have grazed a bullet off of or pricked a knife in the councilman would it be any different?? If the people of Columbus would get together and kick both of them out of office it would send a great message. Doing so would get some national exposure that would be POSITIVE. That's the type of city that many people would want to live in. Where folks get together and do what is right for the future..You want Columbus to be on the map again? Get rid of the trash. Here is a PERFECT OPENING that everyone is just batting their gums about but not DOING anything. If the citizens don't stand up then who will?? Seems like there are a bunch of people fed up but don't want to do anything but talk.. BTW- THIS has not a damn thing to do with white or black.. You can pull in another person of color for one or both jobs.. Just get a person with some integrity and someone you want your kids to look up to and trust. You now have JOKES... Maybe the "JUSTICE" court judge will have the you know whats to do something right and get the ball rolling on getting Columbus straightened out.. I'm surprised there aren't petitions and bumper stickers out proclaming there should be something done... OR ..Maybe it just easier to say, Gee ain't it great the wind quit blowing so lets just go on like we were.
BB commented at 4/9/2010 8:14:00 PM:
Thanks be to God for the inward stirring that led to reconciliation and forgivness. Leaders and citizens of Columbus, press onward in peace, love and unity.
QU commented at 4/10/2010 12:52:00 AM:
I think the Mr. Robert Smith has done a great job since becoming mayor of Columbus. His past action is not representive of the type of mayor that he has been. @Mike, There's never any good when you air out dirty laundry. It is a horrible ideal to take this incident national. Why would you want the nation to see your city in a negative light? Another thing, if it's not a race issue than why bother bringing it up? Bottom line, we've all sinned and fallen short of God's glory!
Ch commented at 4/10/2010 11:00:00 AM:
You have got to way better self contol.I think they should do the right thing and resign or be terminated!
ch commented at 4/10/2010 11:03:00 AM:
You have to have way better self control.I think they should do the right thing and resign or they should be terminated!
Justin Smith commented at 4/10/2010 5:38:00 PM:
Wonder how long it'll be before Kabir is shot coming out of someone's house unarmed and ol' useless Joe himself is standing there?
trashman commented at 4/10/2010 5:40:00 PM:
I think that it is good that they forgave each other as long as they mean it as humans,not just politicians just trying to save their jobs. Regardless, on trash day the trash truck needs to haul them off the job and to the dump!!!!
TP commented at 4/10/2010 5:45:00 PM:
When wondering why these two have not resigned, you have to figure in the ignorance factor. THEY are too stupid to quit. Plus they enjoy taking taxpayer money---too sorry and lazy to get a real job.
mel commented at 4/11/2010 9:15:00 AM:
amen to that TP.
wgirl1 commented at 4/11/2010 12:02:00 PM:
Of all the manifestations of power, RESTRAINT impresses men the most ~ Thucydides
puzzeled commented at 4/11/2010 1:30:00 PM:
After reading Smith's statement in the Dispatch today, who are we to believe? They are both saying the other instigated the mess. So who is telling the truth? At this point I think we can't believe either one. If they have witnesses and recordings on phones -let the Judge get to the bottom of this and show us who lying. We need to know for sure and have a right to get this mess straight.
william commented at 4/11/2010 8:46:00 PM:
Why do you have to believe either one? Or why would you believe either one? I think we all know what happen and just don't want to go there.
Gerald Banks commented at 4/12/2010 9:10:00 AM:
I knew this was going to get swept under the rug, what a unfair world we live in, this makes me sick.
william commented at 4/12/2010 8:28:00 PM:
You will be a lot sicker when this is over. You are living in the "good times now". Enjoy!!!!!!!!