The mayor of Montgomery has promised that justice will be served following a brawl that took place at the Riverboat Park in the city, AL.com reports.
Mayor Steven L. Reed issued a statement on social media on Sunday (Aug. 5) promising to address the matter and to condemn the violence.
“Last night, the Montgomery Police Department acted swiftly to detain several reckless individuals for attacking a man who was doing his job. Warrants have been signed and justice will be served,” the statement read. “This was an unfortunate incident which never should have occurred.
In the aftermath of the viral incident that happened on Saturday (August 5), the Montgomery Police Department has issued four active warrants and is anticipating that more will be coming as the investigation continues. According to the statement from the police, “several subjects have been detained and any charges are pending.”
Several viral videos showed that a dispute arose when a pontoon boat was blocking dock space that is reserved for the Harriott II Riverboat, a popular attraction in downtown Montgomery.
When the fracas began it was quickly split along racial lines with a group of White people attacking a single Black man, reportedly a security worker who instructed the boaters to move their vessel. After he was attacked, the Harriot docked and a group of Black men, including some security personnel – and one individual who swam toward the fight – jumped in to defend him. That is when an all-out brawl ensued. It is unclear if there were any injuries.
Eventually, Montgomery Police arrived on the scene and arrested several of the participants – both White and Black bringing an end to the chaos. It remains unclear why the boaters were docked at the pier where the Harriot was supposed to be.
The names of the suspects that were in custody have not been released, and charges are still pending against those who participated in the brawl, according to AL.com.
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