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Smith, Karriem charges to be officially dropped today





A Lowndes County Justice Court judge is expected to sign off sometime today on Columbus Mayor Robert Smith and Ward 5 Councilman Kabir Karriem dropping simple assault charges against each other, according to a justice court official. 


The charges stem from an April 1 confrontation between Smith and Karriem.  


Karriem reportedly confronted Smith at Smith''s office around 9:30 p.m. that Thursday about the city''s plans to use a $2 million grant to restore the historic old Highway 82 bridge across the Tombigbee River into a pedestrian parkway. 


The city and county are jointly responsible for a $400,000 grant match.  


Karriem wanted to discuss the city''s $200,000 obligation and requested the item be added to the agenda for the City Council''s next meeting. 


The confrontation became physical, and the next day Karriem filed a simple assault affidavit against Smith.  


The mayor turned himself in to the Lowndes County Sheriff''s Office the same afternoon and was released on bond. 


The following Monday, Smith filed a simple assault charge affidavit against Karriem. 


On Thursday, both Smith and Karriem signed a joint statement forgiving each other for the fight, and they pledged to drop simple assault charges against each other. 


Both have signed the order dropping charges against each other.  


The document now awaits final confirmation from a Lowndes County Justice Court judge.




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Reader Comments

Article Comment business owner commented at 4/12/2010 1:24:00 PM:

How is it ,Asst. Police Chief wins Lawsuit against city with Jim Waide and city pays out big, Mayor runs and gets same Lawyer that the city just paid.


Article Comment forget commented at 4/12/2010 1:39:00 PM:

forget the bridge spend the money somewere else. our state would be stupid to waste money on it . both need to resign ,


Article Comment Sid commented at 4/12/2010 5:29:00 PM:

The same old thing just another verse or is it "VIRUS"?


Article Comment paul commented at 4/12/2010 8:45:00 PM:



Article Comment ruth commented at 4/12/2010 8:52:00 PM:

Business Owner Are you trying to make sense of this whole thing? If so you have a long road to travel. Everyone knows the answer but don't have the fortitude to come out and say it. Maybe-just maybe it will show up on the next election. Don't count on it. You probably won't even remember this. So Sad.


Article Comment BD commented at 4/13/2010 1:02:00 AM:

I ask the question: Why invest thousand of dollars in an old bridge?!?!? The city of Columbus really needs to look into some bench-marking opportunities, which can be found through researching other cities/states to see the wealth of opportunities and programs that are available for youth involvement. In turn, Columbus should seize the opportunity to model those cities/states in a crucial effort to stimulate and get the attention of our youth. When you show someone that you believe in them, they too will come to believe in themselves. Let's help our youth by daring them to dream the impossible! There is an over-abundance of constructive talent right here in Columbus just waiting to emerge. Let's put aside the race card and come together for a good cause- SAVING THE FUTURE OF OUR YOUTH through investing in areas that would get them motivated in being accountable to themselves and their future by simply placing the focus on programs and activities. Investing in our youth (humanity) instead of things (a bridge) would prove to be so very beneficial to our youth. There is so much talk about all the good things that Columbus is known for and has to offer, WHAT ABOUT OUR YOUTH?!?!? Our youths are getting pregnant at an alarming rate, not to mention the crime. Education, community involvement, programs and activities are a few of the areas that we should be addressing with a strong SENSE OF URGENCY. What do you say, LEADERS? We need to show more LOVE towards one another, which is the greatest GIFT of all. Again, what do you say LEADERS? Be our youth how to be accountable. Remember: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him HOW to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Invest in our youth and reap the benefits of the return on your investment! Let's believe in our youth! They can make you just as proud as you are of the city in which you live and boast about!


Article Comment tom commented at 4/13/2010 9:26:00 AM:

BD: you make about as much sense as our "faithful" leaders. Which is none. I agree with the fact that putting all that money into a bridge is a waste but you don't make sense about where you want them to spend it.

Now to the matter at hand, four police officers apologized to a park ranger for supposedly disrespecting her and a historical park and the still got suspended for a month without pay. A firefighter chose not to go to a class because he drank the night before and got fired. Another police officer shows up at the police station in a city owned vehicle on his off day intoxicated ( after one beer you are intoxicated ) and he got a few days without pay. I was under the impression that the city had a no tolerance policy. Now where I grew up no meant no! So to me the city council is like everything else in this world, it's all about who you know. And now we have the mayor and a councilman fighting and they file charges against each other and within days drop them. Isn't that considered in the law enforcement world the same thing as filing a false report? And can't the city charge them with filing a false report and suspend them for a few days, or a month, or forever!! I mean, whats good for the goose is good for the gander!! I mean get real, how are these two ever going to be able to place disipline on any other city employee again? Oh, I'm sure they won't have any problem with it. I'm sick of people in high places getting away with the same thing that other people get in big trouble for.


Article Comment walter commented at 4/13/2010 12:38:00 PM:

BD, to anyone with an ounce of common-sense, the germane point of your post comes through loud and clear and makes a lot of sense. I think those of us with common-sense got the following ferm your post: adult residents and citizens of Columbus, Lowndes County, Mississippi, we must come together for the sake of our youths and put petty politics and posturing behind us.

Those who nit-pick and criticize the posts of others and hard-workining elected-officials are cowards who hide behind anonymity to espouse their juvenile views and narrow-minded beliefs. Ignore them. If they were serious and intelligent, they can gleam for themselves the significant points you make and go on to compliment those, without criticizing points you make that they find or believe are insignificant. Of course, that is what they would do, if their motives were to be part of the solution, as opposed to the problems.

If you're so blind that you can only see a concrete bridge in the planning stage and not the new world to which it can possibly leads, then perhaps you need glasses for your inner-mind, if you have a mind and patience to see where the progressive leaders are trying so hard to move the city and county.

To those who post in the hope of bringing unity and a spirit of cooperation, do not be discouraged by detractors. If you can wrote using the Queen's english and like a winner of an international spelling bee Champ, fine. Do it. If you can't, but feel you have interesting, novel or creative ideas or positions to add to the dialogue, go for it. Intelligent people can edit and correct their own spelling and as well as the grammar and spelling of others to arrive at the gist of your post. If they cannot, then they're not intelligent enough to grasp your point any way and thus, they're irrelevant.. Do not forget that, BD, and anyone else who have felt too intimidated to post on this open forum became of some self-appointed english lit or prose critics, who come on-line, simply to criticize others. They're perfect and never made a mistakes, so they would have others to believe. See them for what they are: weak, spineless, poor imitations of adult human beings!


Article Comment Justin Smith commented at 4/13/2010 1:51:00 PM:

You still don't get it do you? You're the only one posting who doesn't have a lick of common sense (or spelling!). Mangling the "Queen's English" seems to be a favorite past time for you. And you're constant backing of these gun thugs running around in high places around here only provides us with the confirmation that you're NOT the type that we need to "come together for the sake of our youths" (sic).
You're type of crazy is getting really old. And you can pass that along to your puppet masters as well.


Article Comment tom commented at 4/13/2010 2:02:00 PM:

Walter: Are you and BD the same person because you sound as stupid as he does. "Queen's English", what the hell? Go back and hide under your rock!


Article Comment walter commented at 4/13/2010 3:22:00 PM:

I get it: Agreeing with you, no matter what one's write, or how they write it, is the only thing that you find acceptable and "getting it!" Yea, right! Guess what ass-holes, you're not dealing with someone who you can dictate to or convince that your ice is colder than another.

If what you say is simple, it easier to express it in writing. If you're simplly regurgitating the words of another and nothing you say or write is original, it is easy to express it in writing. If there is absolutely nothing else on your narrow-mind, yes, you can focus on it. Your narrow-mind was focused on attacking the Mayor, Karriem and Brooks, befoe the recent incident. You'll be focused on doing the same, as long as they're in office. You attack not because of what either is trying to do and you attack me, not because of what or how I write or express myself. You attack because because it hasn't sunk in to you that this is a brand new day, and no matter what you say or do to either of us, you will never side-track the will of God to see that justice is realized in the lives of Columbus' and Lowndes County's historically denied people.

I said the above to say this: I know that when people are incapable of attacking an idea or position, they resort to attacking the person. Move on little fellows, I'm not intimidated in the slightest by anything you write, or say! Say or write something original, instead of the juvenile dribble that you constantly repeat, then maybe, we can find common ground. I'm interested in substance, not the style. You might look good writing. But, what you write is about as original or progressive as a rat's behind.

To continue to engage you is totally beneath me and regardless of what you say, imediately herefafter, or at any time in the future. about me or about anything that I post, be advised up front, I shall not dignify you with any kind of reply or acknowledgement.

Who I support or who anyone else support, in a democratic society is their business. If you don't support the Mayor, the councilman or the supervisor, that is your business. If you think you can silence me or any other brother or sister of my generation or life-experiences, you're a damn fool and you're living in a by-gone era, like Gone With the Wind. We're seeking progress; if you're not, go some where and stroke yourselves...


Article Comment Thom Geiger commented at 4/13/2010 3:56:00 PM:

Walter, you said, "I know that when people are incapable of attacking an idea or position, they resort to attacking the person.", but you also said "Yea, right! Guess what a**-h****" and "Move on little fellows". Did you mean to include yourself in that first sentence, that part about attacking the person? Just curious.
Even more curious is this, "I'm interested in substance, not the style. You might look good writing. But, what you write is about as original or progressive as a rat's behind."
I don't think my writings or opinions on this site have more substance to them than anyone else's. Do you think yours have more substance to them than those of the people you posted this to?
I've seen people ask this question before when similar content has been posted, but I'm interested in reading a real answer to it;
If one were to take every message you have posted using words regarding race or ethnicity such as "black", "African" or "African-American" and substitute the words "White" and/or "Caucasian", would those same messages be socially and politically acceptable?

Again, just wondering.

In my opinion, the day of the double standard is dead and gone. The rules of social behavior for one are valid for all, or for none.


Article Comment 14/88 commented at 4/13/2010 3:57:00 PM:

What I want to knoww is....are these guys going to have to pay court costs like the rest of us "common folk" would have to?


Article Comment Justin Smith commented at 4/13/2010 4:52:00 PM:

Thanks for proving me correct time and time again...
Keep backing that wrong horse come election time and hopefully you'll be out in the cold with the rest of your gun thug buddies polluting our present local politics!


Article Comment resident commented at 4/14/2010 7:02:00 AM:

So Peggy is going to sign off on the massive cover up?

I've already used two bottles of Febreeze on this and it still smells like a big steaming pile.

It's bad enough these two made fools out of us, but now the local law enforcement and court system is going to help finish the job? Add to this Halley B. sticking his foot in his mouth (again), the lesbian prom flap, and all manner of other stupid crap we tend to do in this state it is no wonder we are viewed as mouth-breathing morons. We just might be judging from our behavior.


Article Comment mrs annie commented at 4/14/2010 10:16:00 AM:

The two men are good upstanding peoples. I dont know why tou want to do something to hurt these honable men. They is doing just what the peoples want them to do. Now you should get off there back and leave them alone. We aint never had a mayor this good. you should be ashame of what you don said. I wil suppoet them again and again. we need these good peoples up there to help keep columbus growing and so we will have the monies to do things we needs to do. that is all I am going to say.


Article Comment Thom Geiger commented at 4/14/2010 12:21:00 PM:

In the end, Robert might be having the last laugh after all. If Kabir intends to make good on his threat to run against Robert for mayor, it looks like he won't be using his WTWG am 1050 radio show as a vehicle to do it. He hasn't been on the station since the fight. Robert knocked him completely off the air. Now THAT was a strong right hook.


Article Comment walter commented at 4/14/2010 1:10:00 PM:

If "whites and/or Cuacasians" were enslaved, subjected to Jim Crow, given school textbooks three years old, after they were used by African Americans, had land and other properties stolen, hired last and fired first, denied the right to vote and on and on, yes! It would be "socially acceptable" to use the terms.

We make no progress denying the obvious. Sores must heal inside out, not outside in. This nation elected its' first President of color. How many of the old confederacy states voted for him? How did Mississippi vote? Even after he was elected, Wilson, over in South Carolina, the first state to secede and caused the deaths of thousands of southerners and northerners during the civil war, called the man a liar during an internationally televised speech! Tell me Thom, regardless of anything he said or the positions they held differently from Bush, do you recall a speech where members of the Black Caucus treated Jr. so rudely?

I didn't create the racist attitude of people in Columbus, Mississippi or the nation. But, I would be blind and a damn fool, if I couldn't see it and didn't call it for what it is!!!

The way some of you have verbally abused Mayor Smith, Supervisor Brooks and Councilman Karriem is a crying shame. Sure, for some of you, it is strictly politics that motivate your attacks. But, Thom, an intelligent fellow such as yourself, would not deny that many, if not most, stems from the racist attitudes of people within and outside the area.

I discuss racism and challenge you to do like-wise because the sun-light might help us to do something that our fore-parents weren't: make our racial differences irrelevant, Thom. Let us deal with ideas and ideals that advance the standard of living for both major races and all others within the city and state. To achieve that, it does no good to criticize my or any other person's poor grammar or spelling, if their relevant ideas or thoughts still come through, regardless of how poorly their sentences/paragraphs are written. You see, many of us didn't have air-conditioned or heated schools to attend, thereby making it easier to study and learn to speak and write in a language that wasn't commonly used within our home, as did you and your friends. We didn't have carefully manicured playing fields to relax during recess so that we could better comprehend lessons being taught. Our parents, despite working as hard and long hours as yours, didn't earn the same pay for the same work, as yours and couldn't afford the newspapers and magazines that came to your door and your friends' door. But, we had eyes and ears and could see and hear; we had and have brains and minds and we developed them. You cannot tell us how or what to think. You cannot shame us into being silent. We know that what ones says is much more important than how (style) they say it...

Tell your parrot friends who attempt to piggy-back, they need to find themselves some toys to play with until they're mature enough to join an adult site, such as this, provided by the Dispatch.


Article Comment Thom Geiger commented at 4/14/2010 1:54:00 PM:

Walter, again your message went off into stating what I think and believe, who my friends are and what they believe and even where I went to school and what conditions were like there. Even though I decided long ago I wouldn't bite at the bait in yours or anyone's arguments, I will tell you this; FWIW (that means For What It's Worth), I went to the same high school mayor Robert Smith went to. We played for the same coaches. Apparently, you know less about me than you write about in your messages.
As for the other claims in your message, I have never personally criticised anyone for a spelling error and I challenge you or anyone else to post a quote where I have. In fact, I publicly challenge you to post proof of any of the claims you have made about me, my friends or my family- both living and deceased.
Again, any false claims you make about me, my family (including my ancestors) and those I associate with, the less credibility you have. As Rev. Al likes to say, "Keep it real" and I will listen to what you have to say. Post lies, misinformation and false information and I have no interest in any of it.


Article Comment Justin Smith commented at 4/14/2010 2:27:00 PM:

Keep lining up to the pig trough that the three "men" in your post are providing and it'll only amount to nothing good.
The race card in your argument is a dead horse where these three are concerned. Solely their actions, deeds and words are the only criteria. And you know that just as well as the next guy.
That pity party doesn't work. None of their actions against the citizens of Columbus and Lowndes County can be excused by any factor.


Article Comment Thom Geiger commented at 4/14/2010 3:05:00 PM:

You have repeatedly written as though you are African-American (is that intended, or just an impression? Has anyone else gotten that impression or is it only me?), drawing distinctions between your childhood and circumstances and those of the people you are writing to. Why is that when you posted that "I'm a white man and for some reason you think I have no write to express the views of many of my African American friends"?

I'll demonstrate what I was talking about Walter.
I'll be specific about what is wrong and false about just one of your messages about me;

"You see, many of us didn't have air-conditioned or heated schools to attend, thereby making it easier to study and learn to speak and write in a language that wasn't commonly used within our home, as did you and your friends."
Until I mentioned it, you had no idea where I went to school and you still have no clue as to what language was spoken in my "home". In fact, you have no knowledge of where my "home" was, where I grew up or what the conditions were.

"Our parents, despite working as hard and long hours as yours, didn't earn the same pay for the same work, as yours..."
What do you know about my parents, Walter? What kind of work did they do, where did they do it and how much did they earn? You put it out there. You made the claim. Back it up with something specific.

"...and couldn't afford the newspapers and magazines that came to your door and your friends' door."
How would you know if any newspapers or magazines came to my "door" at all, or to my friends doors? Who are these friends of mine you continue to write about?

That is an example of my being specific about you NOT being specific. If you're just throwing claims out in shotgun fashion about me and others, with zero specific examples to back them up, then why should anyone take what you say seriously about anything else?

Walter, I would gladly discuss almost any topic with you, from slavery to racism, but in my opinion, it would be a wasted effort until I see some attempt to get away from the mind reading and false claims about others.


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