Police Issue Arrest Warrants for Multiple People in Montgomery Riverfront Brawl

Police announced on Monday that arrest warrants had been issued about a riverfront altercation in the state capital of Alabama that received widespread media attention when footage showed a group of White individuals punching a Black riverboat worker, igniting a large-scale riot.

There are presently four open warrants, according to Maj. Saba Coleman of the Montgomery Police Department and more could be issued when officials evaluate additional video. On Sunday, police announced that numerous persons had been arrested and charges were pending.

Social media videos from Saturday showed a large brawl that started when a city-operated riverboat crew member attempted to move a pontoon boat preventing the riverboat from docking.

According to a riverboat passenger’s video that was recorded and later released by WSFA, a White man shoved and punched the Black crew member. The argument got worse when more White people joined in attacking the Black crew member. A different video reveals that after the riverboat docked, numerous Black passengers assaulted the pontoon boat group, starting a further fight that was mainly racially divided.

Police will update the situation at a meeting on Tuesday, according to Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed.

The tweet below confirms the news:

“While there is a lot of activity and interest in this, we know that we’ll come through this together as a community collectively as we have other situations,” Reed told news outlets on Monday, according toΒ al.com.Β Reed said no one has been arrested yet.

In a statement released on Sunday, Reed said that Montgomery police responded: “swiftly to detain several reckless individuals for attacking a man who was doing his job.”

“This was an unfortunate incident which never should have occurred. As our police department investigates these intolerable actions, we should not become desensitized to violence of any kind in our community. Those who choose violence will be held accountable by our criminal justice system,” Reed said.

The brawl happened on the riverbank in the center of Montgomery, which the city has attempted to turn into a tourism and recreation area with eateries, bars, and hotels.

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