What a pillar of the community! Birmingham City Councilor Joel Montgomery was busted on a public intoxication charge, and the police report is out and it’s an entertaining little document. Here’s just a taste of it:
“I haven’t been this drunk since before I *bleep* went to Iraq.”
“*Bleep* you *bleep*. I want to go home. *Bleep* you all *bleep*. Do you know who I am?”
“I’m gonna sue you *bleep*. *Bleep* you, I’m drunk.”
“*Bleep* this. Go ahead, take me to jail. I want to go to jail.”
“*Bleep* all you police and firemen, you owe me. I got you your *bleeping* raise *bleep*.”
I love this description of Montgomery by the Birmingham News’s John Archibald:
As head of the Birmingham City Council’s Public Safety Committee, he stood for police pay raises and against questionable liquor licenses. He has stood firm on a law-and-order platform.
And then a little after 2 a.m. on April 7, he could stand no more. Montgomery fell, literally, figuratively and politically. If he didn’t fall morally, he certainly stumbled in terms of judgment. The dude fell down. Over some hard-to-see green chicken wire, as his lawyer Tommy Spina points out, across some knee-high shrubbery and over a 30-inch retaining wall into a big bloody pile on the asphalt of a Cobb Lane parking lot. He has some pretty serious injuries and an ugly mugshot to prove it.
Montgomery recently acted just as juvenile when he voted against a non-binding resolution that Birmingham condemn discrimination based on race, age, gender, disability, ancestry, creed, religion, income, national origin, and sexual orientation and gender identity. The measure failed because of the bigots like Montgomery on the Council wanted to ensure that LGBT folks know their place as second-class citizens in Birmingham.
He represents a real touch of class, huh? Kathy says that Wheeler at Alablawg believes that Montgomery may weasel out of the charge; he refused medical treatment that would have documented his blood alcohol level and refused to sign the refusal form.