Three charged with assault for shooting fireworks at police, others

Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 1:16pm
Staff reports

Three people, including two Nashville teens, are facing criminal charges on fireworks violations stemming from Independence Day celebrations.

Juwane Williams, 18, allegedly fired a Roman candle at undercover police officers near Second Avenue North and Commerce Street Wednesday around 11 p.m.

“The projectiles produced by the weapon Williams used fired explosive balls at high speeds which could ignite clothing upon contact causing serious burns and death,” read a police affidavit.

Williams tried to flee, but officers caught him and took possession of the Roman candle while it was still firing. Williams is charged with three counts of aggravated assault against a police officer, two counts of aggravated assault as well as reckless endangerment and resisting arrest. He was in jail Thursday on $52,000 bond.

Another downtown incident involved Michael Beasley, a homeless teen, who allegedly shot bottle rockets into traffic at 2 a.m. on Thursday morning near Second Avenue North and Broadway. Beasley was charged with a fireworks violation and disorderly conduct.

According to police, James Pitcher, 37, shot a man with fireworks near Wal-Mart on Nolensville Road at around 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Pitcher told police a man stole money from him and he thought the victim was a friend of the thief. According to a police affidavit, the victim suffered a laceration to his leg and was transported to the hospital.

In addition to an assault charge, Pitcher is also facing a weapon possession charge after police said they found a foot-long machete under the driver’s seat of his car.

He was jailed in lieu of $10,000 bond.


14 Comments on this post:

By: Jughead on 7/5/12 at 11:27

Rocket scientists, no doubt.

By: NewYorker1 on 7/5/12 at 1:11

I wish he had killed the cop. I hate police officers.

By: bfra on 7/5/12 at 2:39

NewYorker0 - Cops probably dislike you more than you dislike them.

By: bfra on 7/5/12 at 2:40

What is wrong with the login page? I can't login

By: NewYorker1 on 7/5/12 at 10:56

bfra, you're right. They do dislike me more. I'm black.

By: Ask01 on 7/6/12 at 4:31

Astonishing, isn't it?

Arrests actually made, as threatened, for shooting off fireworks.

Of course, one must remember one incident occured downtown and directly involved law enforcement. The second report is in conjunction with other offenses, otherwise I seriously doubt any action would have been taken.

Let's face it, fireworks violations probably aren't as financially lucrative as traffic stops and speeding tickets, and are I'm sure more labor intensive.

On the other hand, I suppose the fireworks would be safer than walking patrols through crime ridden neighborhoods.

By: jonw on 7/6/12 at 8:36

Being Black is O.K. Being a stupid butt-hole black might get you in trouble NewYorker1.

By: TITAN1 on 7/6/12 at 9:11

New yorker, you might want to be careful saying things like that. If an officer happens to read your posts and finds out who you really are then you might want to hide. Or do you really think your identity is completely safe here?

By: NewYorker1 on 7/8/12 at 8:56

Titan1, I don't care what the cops find out. We have the freedom of speech, so I thought.

By: Ask01 on 7/8/12 at 10:59

NewYorker1, we do indeed have freedom of speech and are free to exercise that right as we wish.

However, we all know the laws are often written in such a manner as to provide tremendous leeway in enforcement.

Officers can also exercise wide ranging discretion in how they interpret those laws, and their impressions of an individuals danger to society.

Norm Stamper's exceptional book, "Breaking Rank" exposes the ugly underside of law enforcement in America, including the practice at one time of stopping certain people for suspicion of 'DWB,' 'Driving While Black,' although, as I recall, Mr. Stamper didn't use the term 'black.'

Those in society who do not fit into the socially acceptable slots of being the right color, right economic class, correctly employed, not blindly bowing to authority, or any number of other factors rendering them undesirable can expect to be targeted by the hired guns (law enforcement of any type) employed by government to insure we don't upset the status quo.

So, certainly, exercise your right to speak your mind, but don't forget or neglect to check your six.

By: TITAN1 on 7/8/12 at 6:13

Freedom of speech does allow you to say stupid, and in your case, cruel things. Hopefully an officer will find out who you are and watch your every move or expose you for someone who just uses message boards to mouth off.

By: 4gold on 7/9/12 at 9:29

With Freedoms comes responsiblilty. NY'r needs to take his trash back to NY.

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!

By: GUARDIAN on 7/9/12 at 11:35

I remember when we had Roman candle fights and it was fun and no one got hurt and no LEO cared and no one got put in jail with a $50,000 bond and monkeys like NewYorker1 didn't hate on cops for doing their job... lol ... GUARDIAN-GOD, COUNTRY, FAMILY and FRIENDS. The American Way.

By: Moonglow1 on 7/10/12 at 7:33

Moonglow1: The cops are the good guys.

The idiots shooting fireworks at the cops not so much.

Off with their heads!!!

Lock em up!!

A menace to society same as all Tea Nuts, Romney, Adelsen, & The Kochs, ALEC, etc.