VIDEO: Police make multiple arrests in Alabama brawl at waterfront dock
Some videos show groups of people ganging up on a single individual, while others are seen throwing punches at random individuals. At one point, a woman is even hit in the head with a chair and two others are thrown into the water
August 8, 2023 8:49am
Updated: August 8, 2023 8:49am
Multiple people were arrested on Saturday after a massive brawl broke out in a waterfront dock in Montgomery, Alabama.
The Montgomery Police Department responded to multiple reports of a disturbance near the city’s Riverfront Park. When police arrived at the scene “they located a large group of subjects engaged in a physical altercation," the department said in a statement.
Several onlookers caught the massive fight in videos that were posted on social media and have since gone viral.
The incident seems to have been started by a group of boaters who parked their pontoon in a space reserved for the city’s riverboat, Harriot II. Videos of the incident show a Black man, who appears to be the dock attendant, untying the pontoon when he is confronted by a group of White men to whom the boat belonged to.
After a brief conversation in which the attendant tells them it's illegal to park there, one of the men strikes the attendant. From that point on more White men are seen sprinting along the dock and joining the fight.
The fight escalated when a group of six Black men confronted the group with the pontoon. Quickly, the fight spirals out of control as several onlookers decide to join.
Some videos show groups of people ganging up on a single individual, while others are seen throwing punches at random individuals. At one point, a woman is even hit in the head with a chair and two others are thrown into the water.
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When police arrived, the situation subsided for a bit, until police began cuffing people.
Several people were detained and four active warrants were issued. Charges are still pending. Police believe more people might be arrested in connection as they review additional footage of the incident.
"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," said Montgomery Mayor Steven L. Reed on Monday.
"Those who choose violent actions will be held accountable by our criminal justice system," he added.