Montgomery Alabama is probably wishing that it was in the news for something other than something one would entirely expect from Alabama.
According to police in Montgomery, the following men have been charged over their vicious attempts to attack the man over simply doing his job. Richard Roberts, 48, has been charged with two counts of third-degree assault, and Allen Todd, 23, and Zachary Shipman, 25, were each singularly charged with one such count. The victim has been identified as Damian Pickett the Black co-captain of the riverboat.
The fight as many are probably aware of by now involved a folding chair; several people in the water, and a massive brawl over the fact that the men involved and their ilk refused to move their boat so another could dock.
Here’s how it started according to police who spoke via a press conference
According to police, the fight unfolded Saturday shortly after 7pm local time because the group of men and their ilk had their boat parked in another reserved spot for a boat that was arriving. Cops say that the group refused to move their boat out of the reserved area upon request and instead turned to taunting; crass remarks, and rude comments instead of simply doing the right thing.
“As the co-captain approached the dock and attempted to peacefully move the boat over just enough so that the Harriott could park, the owners of the boat confronted him in a very hostile manner. There were words exchanged, and then it turned into a fist encounter… the co-captain was doing his job,” Montgomery Police Chief Mr Albert said during the conference.
The fight of course was “brought on by reckless individuals who did not use good judgment and caused an event that certainly was avoidable,” Mayor Steven Reed said. “That said, the police department reacted very swiftly and very intentionally to address the matter, as did other citizens in the community.”
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