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Lee County man wants apology after being kicked by paramedic

Cell phone video shot by Smith's daughter shows aftermath of fight Cell phone video shot by Smith's daughter shows aftermath of fight
County Commission Chairman Rick Muggridge is conducting investigation into incident County Commission Chairman Rick Muggridge is conducting investigation into incident
LEE CO., GA (WALB) -

A man, kicked in the groin by a paramedic while in handcuffs, said more serious charges should be pressed against that paramedic.

David Smith believes he was possibly targeted by Bobby Patton because of a prior incident where Smith was charged with stealing from a GoFund me account.

He says that case has no business being brought up at an accident scene.

Cell phone video caught the immediate aftermath of a fight between David Smith and Lee County paramedic Bobby Patton.

Smith said it started when his daughter was rear-ended in the turn lane at an intersection.

"Looked at my daughter's vehicle, I was a little bit upset, and at that point of course I took my cell phone and threw it on the ground," said Smith.

Despite what an incident report says, Smith claims he never threw the phone at the driver and never threatened her.

Jon Warrington, the other driver's father, came to the scene visibly upset, and Smith said he got in Smith's son's face.

"Out of anger, I told him to get his finger out of my son's face, I pushed him back, and he proceeded back towards me so I grabbed him and we tussled to the ground," said Smith.

Smith admits his anger got out of control and attributes it to PTSD due to experiences in Iraq.

Things got worse when paramedics rushed over to break up the fight—something Smith says shouldn't have happened.

"Their first job is to respond to accident victims, not get involved in altercations and choke someone and then kick them in the groin while they're down," said Smith.

A deputy can be heard talking to the paramedic who kicked him in the video. Patton is suspended with pay pending an internal investigation.

Smith thinks Patton's actions stemmed from Smith's charges of stealing from a GoFund me account that was raising money for a dead police officer's family.

"There's no reason to throw that out there. And I feel like make that part of the reason. I think he was taking anger out on me. I really do. I think he was taking anger out," said Smith.

Smith only has one request now.

"I do believe that I am owed an apology for what happened and I don't think this should ever happen to anyone else," said Smith.
Patton faces one count of disorderly conduct, and Smith faces two misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct.

The county has no comment while the investigation continues. As for that other case that Patton may be upset about, Smith said he is working that out as well.

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