• Skip to main content
  • Keyboard shortcuts for audio player

Man accuses riverboat co-captain of assault during Alabama riverfront brawl

The Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Black riverboat co-captain at the center of an Alabama riverfront brawl that drew national attention has been accused of misdemeanor assault in the melee by one of the white boaters charged in the fight.

Court records show one of the white men accused of assaulting the co-captain during the August brawl filed a complaint last month saying the co-captain hit him first during the chaotic melee. The co-captain faces a charge of misdemeanor assault, according to court records.

"I was not trying to fight," the man wrote in a statement. The complaint was filed Oct. 26 ahead of the man's Nov. 16 trial on a misdemeanor assault charge of hitting and kicking the riverboat co-captain.

The August riverfront melee in Montgomery drew national attention after bystanders filmed white boaters hitting a Black riverboat co-captain and others rushing to his defense. Video of the fight was shared widely online, sparking countless memes and parodies.

Montgomery police said the brawl began when the white boaters refused to move their pontoon boat so the city-owned Harriott II riverboat could dock in its designated space. The boat's co-captain said he was attacked after moving the pontoon boat a few feet to make way for the riverboat.

Five other people were previously charged in the brawl. Two white boaters previously pleaded guilty to charges of misdemeanor assault or harassment. Three other people, including a Black man who was filmed swinging a folding chair, have upcoming court dates.

Watch CBS News

Two men plead guilty in Alabama riverfront brawl; charge against co-captain is dismissed

December 8, 2023 / 6:28 PM EST / AP

Two men pleaded guilty on Friday to harassment charges in connection with an Alabama riverfront brawl  that drew national attention.

The two men, Zachary Shipman and Allen Todd, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges as part of a plea deal, CBS affiliate WAKA reported . The August riverfront melee in Montgomery drew national attention after bystanders filmed white boaters hitting a Black riverboat co-captain, which then made crew members and bystanders rush to his defense. Video of the fight was shared widely online, sparking countless memes and parodies.

A judge on Thursday also dismissed an assault charge filed by one of the White boaters against the riverboat co-captain. The Montgomery Police Department said the co-captain was a victim in the assaults.

Montgomery police said the brawl began when the white boaters refused to move their pontoon boat so the city-owned Harriott II riverboat could dock in its designated space. The boat's co-captain said he was attacked after moving the pontoon boat a few feet to make way for the riverboat.

The guilty pleas concluded the last of the criminal cases brought against four white boaters in connection with the melee. The two men were ordered to complete an anger management class and perform community service. They will not serve any jail time unless they violate probation terms.

One white boater previously pleaded guilty to a charge of misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to serve 32 days in jail. Another white boater pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment. A Black man, who was filmed swinging a folding chair during the brawl, was charged with disorderly conduct and will go to court next week.

More from CBS News

10 bodies found scattered around Mexico's resort city of Acapulco

"Incognito" founder nabbed, allegedly sold $100 million of drugs online

Biden courts battleground state Black voters with two big speeches

Man acquitted in killing of pregnant woman, boyfriend in Kansas

Men charged in Montgomery brawl had been ‘trouble’ for riverboat, captain says

riverboat co captain

The three White men charged with assault Tuesday after they attacked a Black riverboat co-captain in Montgomery, Ala. , and ignited a brawl largely along racial lines had previously caused problems for the Harriott II, the vessel’s captain said, and were repeatedly asked to move their pontoon boat so the riverboat could dock.

Harriott II captain Jim Kittrell told media outlets he believed the attack on co-captain Damien Pickett over the weekend was “racially motivated.”

Richard Roberts, 48; Allen Todd, 23; and Zachery Shipman, 25, were charged with third-degree misdemeanor assault in the attack on Pickett at a dock in Riverfront Park, Montgomery Police Chief Darryl J. Albert said at a news conference.

All three turned themselves in, Montgomery Police Maj. Saba Coleman told The Washington Post. She added that Roberts also has a warrant pending for striking a 16-year-old White boy, and that Reggie Gray, a 42-year-old Black man who was seen on video hitting people with a folding chair during the brawl, has not turned himself in after police called on him to do so.

White men charged with assaulting Black man in Montgomery Riverfront brawl

Authorities said that they had consulted with the FBI and would not be able to charge the White men with a hate crime or with inciting a riot. But Kittrell, who told WACV in Montgomery that riverboat staff previously “had trouble” with the boaters from Selma, Ala., emphasized that he believed the assault on Pickett, 43, was due to racism.

“The White guys that attacked my deckhand — and he was a senior deckhand first mate — I can’t think of any other reason they attacked him other than it being racially motivated,” Kittrell, who is White, told the Daily Beast on Tuesday. “All he did was move their boat up three feet. It makes no sense to have six people try to beat the snot out of you just because you moved their boat up a few feet. In my opinion, the attack on Damien was racially motivated.”

He added to radio show “ News & Views with Joey Clark ” that the brawl after the initial assault of Pickett “was not a Black-and-White thing.”

Neither Pickett nor Kittrell, 62, immediately responded to requests for comment Wednesday morning.

Albert announced the charges against Roberts, Todd and Shipman three days after videos went viral of the brawl, which was decried by Montgomery Mayor Steven L. Reed (D) as “an unfortunate incident which never should have occurred.”

“This is not indicative of who we are,” said Reed, Montgomery’s first Black mayor. On Wednesday, Reed criticized Todd and Shipman after they “did not honor their agreement to surrender to authorities,” and said that police “will do what it takes to bring them to justice.”

What we know about the Montgomery Riverfront brawl

Videos taken by onlookers and spread around the internet showed the Black co-captain, Pickett, arguing with one of the pontoon boaters on Saturday as a second White man charges at Pickett and hits him in the face. Pickett then tosses his cap into the air before the two hit each other. Almost immediately, Pickett is swarmed by several White men on the dock who throw punches while the Black man was on the ground, according to the videos posted online.

White and Black people on the dock and shore appear to jump in to try to help Pickett, and someone appears to jump off the riverboat and swim to the dock to help the co-captain. As the initial tussle calmed down, videos appeared to show a group of Black men confronting the White boaters. That fighting lasted more than a minute, with one of the Black men — allegedly Gray — being recorded hitting a White woman in the head with a folding chair and then being surrounded by police. One person seemed to get punched off the dock into the water.

Police detained 13 people for questioning, then released them, Albert said. The police chief said that “no stone was unturned” in deciding ultimately to not charge Roberts, Todd and Shipman with more serious charges.

“We examined this over a period of time, not only that night but since that night,” he told reporters. “At this time, based on the way the statutes read the laws are crafted, we were unable to present any inciting a riot or racially-biased charges.”

Kittrell has captained the Harriott II for about 13 years, steering the riverboat since it was originally known as Savannah River Queen of Savannah, Ga., according to the Selma Times-Journal . He told the Daily Beast he’s known Pickett for about 10 years during their time together on the Harriott II, a 19th-century riverboat offering dinner, dancing and live entertainment as part of Montgomery’s popular Riverfront Park.

The riverboat captain said this week that the three White men were part of a group of pontoon boaters from Selma that he’s had issues with in recent years.

“We’ve had trouble with them in the past, but just like jokey things,” he said Monday to the Montgomery radio station.

He pointed to an instance a couple of years ago when one of the riverboat’s golf carts was missing after returning from a cruise. Kittrell said the group had taken it and left it in an odd place: the lobby of a Hampton Inn.

“We looked at the Hampton Inn video, found out who did it, and we had them come down,” the riverboat captain told the radio station. “We were going to press charges then, but the police talked us out of it.”

But what unfolded Saturday was different, he said. When Kittrell noticed the pontoon boat was partially blocking the area where the riverboat docks, he asked the pontoon boat’s passengers over the PA system to move the boat “about five times,” he recalled. After he threatened to call the police on the boaters, “they started shooting birds at us,” which led him to call law enforcement, Kittrell told the radio station.

“I was nice as a peach when I was talking to them at first: ‘Please, help me out here, fellas. Move the boat up a little bit,’” he told the Daily Beast.

Not long after Pickett attempted to push the pontoon boat forward a few feet, Kittrell saw his colleague get attacked by the men from Selma.

“We’re 40 yards or 30 yards away from the dock watching all of this. There’s nothing we can do,” he said to the radio station. “About that time, another guy comes running up. And within a minute or so, it was an all-out brawl. And then I saw some more guys coming, and I said, ‘Oh. Thank God. They’re going to break it up.’ But instead of breaking it up, they jumped on him too. So, at one time, it was like six, seven guys on my deckhand that was trying to move the boat.”

While Kittrell maintained that the attack on Pickett was racially motivated, he emphasized that the rest of the brawl, which appeared to be along racial lines, was not the same as the initial encounter. He said he was thankful for the Harriott II staff for standing up and coming to Pickett’s aid during the attack.

“It was just shipmates trying to help a shipmate. They could’ve been little green men, for all they cared,” he told the Daily Beast. “When they attacked Damien, my crew was gonna jump out and do the best they could to help him out. It was my crew against the people who attacked their shipmate, that’s all it was.”

riverboat co captain

  • International edition
  • Australia edition
  • Europe edition

riverboat

Montgomery riverboat co-captain says he was hanging on ‘for dear life’ in brawl

Damien Pickett, who is Black, describes being attacked by white boaters after attempting to move their pontoon boat

An Alabama boat co-captain was hanging on “for dear life” as men punched and tackled him on the riverfront of the state’s capital city, he told police after video of the brawl circulated widely online.

Damein Pickett, a crew member of the Harriott II in Montgomery, described the brawl in a handwritten statement to authorities included in court documents, saying he was attacked after moving a pontoon boat a few feet so the city-owned riverboat could dock.

Four white boaters have been charged with misdemeanor assault in the attack against Pickett, who is Black, as well as a teen deckhand, who was punched and is white. The deckhand’s mother heard a racial slur before Pickett was hit, she wrote in a statement.

A fifth person, a Black man who appeared to be hitting people with a folding chair during the subsequent fight, has been charged with disorderly conduct, police announced on Friday.

Video of the melee sparked scores of memes and video re-enactments. But the footage also prompted commentary in some quarters about how the fight vividly illustrated the racial tension and divide across the US.

Pickett told police that the captain had asked a group on a pontoon boat “at least five or six times” to move from the riverboat’s designated docking space but they responded by “giving us the finger and packing up to leave”. Pickett and another deckhand eventually took a vessel to shore and moved the pontoon boat “three steps to the right”, he wrote.

He said two people ran rushing back, including one cursing and threatening to beat him for touching the boat. Pickett wrote that one of the men shouted that it was public dock space, but Pickett told them it was the city’s designated space for the riverboat. He said he told them he was “just doing my job”. Pickett said he was punched in the face and hit from behind.

“I went to the ground. I think I bit one of them. All I can hear Imma kill you” and beat you, he wrote. He couldn’t tell “how long it lasted” and “grabbed one of them and just held on for dear life”, Pickett wrote.

After the fight was over, Pickett said he apologized to the riverboat customers for the inconvenience as he helped them get off the boat.

The deckhand had gone with Pickett to move the pontoon boat. His mother, who was also on the Harriott, said in a statement to police that her son tried to pull the men off Pickett and was punched in the chest.

Darron Hendley, an attorney listed in court records for two of the people charged, declined to comment. It was not immediately clear if the others had an attorney to speak on their behalf.

The Montgomery mayor, Steven Reed, said on Friday that the investigation is ongoing.

Police said they consulted with the FBI and determined what happened on the riverfront did not qualify as a hate crime. Reed, the city’s first Black mayor, said he will trust the investigative process but said his “perspective as a Black man in Montgomery differs from my perspective as mayor”.

“From what we’ve seen from the history of our city – a place tied to both the pain and the progress of this nation – it seems to meet the moral definition of a crime fueled by hate, and this kind of violence cannot go unchecked,” said Reed, referring in part to Montgomery’s being the site of a bus boycott which was a pivotal moment in the US civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

“It is a threat to the durability of our democracy, and we are grateful to our law enforcement professionals, partner organizations and the greater community for helping us ensure justice will prevail.”

Most viewed

  • Anniston/Gadsden

Montgomery riverboat co-captain charged with assault months after brawl

  • Published: Nov. 08, 2023, 7:25 p.m.

.

Screengrab from Montgomery riverfront brawl.

The co-captain of the Montgomery riverboat involved in the August brawl between the vessel’s Black crew members and passengers and white occupants of a pontoon boat has been charged with third-degree assault, according to court records.

The charges against Harriott II co-captain Dameion Pickett, who has previously been identified in court records as Damien Pickett, were filed in Montgomery Municipal Court on Oct. 26.

Neither Montgomery police nor the Montgomery city attorney publicly announced the charges.

Pickett is charged with third-degree assault and is scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 21, according to municipal court records.

The complainant in Pickett’s case was listed as Zachery “Chase” Shipman, who was on the pontoon boat and also faces a third-degree assault charge in connection with the brawl.

Pickett is listed as a victim in the charges against the pontoon boat occupants.

The viral Aug. 5 fight started at Montgomery’s Riverfront Park when crew members of the Harriott II were unable to dock the cruise boat because the pontoon boat from Selma was in the way.

The large fight captured on viral videos showed Pickett, who is Black, attacked by a group of white people as other Black people rushed to his defense.

Crystal Warren, the mother of a 16-year-old deckhand involved in the melee, claimed in a police report that racial slurs were used against Pickett during the brawl.

“You could here (sic) men yelling ‘f--k that n----r’ and the men came down to fight my son,” she wrote in her report. But in court in October, Warren testified that she did not hear a racial slur.

Pickett was in the courtroom late last month, when pontoon boat occupant Richard Roberts, 48, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges and apologized to Pickett for his actions that day.

“I think under different circumstances we could be friends,” Roberts told Pickett. “You might not think so.”

“I know you were doing your job,” Roberts added.

Roberts received a four-month suspended sentence. Of that, he will serve 32 days in jail in Perry County, with that time to be served on weekends. The sentence also calls for 100 hours of community service and court costs

A third pontoon boat occupant, Mary Todd, pleaded guilty to harassment late last month. She received a 15-day suspended sentence and was ordered to complete an anger management program and pay court costs.

Another defendant in the incident, Reggie Ray, who is Black and was seen wielding a folding chair in the melee , was charged with disorderly conduct.

All of the defendants who have been arraigned have pleaded not guilty.

Montgomery Brawl

  • Riverboat co-captain pleads not guilty to assault in Montgomery riverfront brawl
  • ‘I was not trying to fight,’ says man who filed charge against Montgomery riverboat co-captain
  • Roy Wood Jr.’s Halloween costume on ‘The View’? A folding chair, as nod to Montgomery riverfront brawl

If you purchase a product or register for an account through a link on our site, we may receive compensation. By using this site, you consent to our User Agreement and agree that your clicks, interactions, and personal information may be collected, recorded, and/or stored by us and social media and other third-party partners in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

  • Share full article

Advertisement

Supported by

Four Charged With Assault After Alabama Riverfront Brawl

Three men and a woman turned themselves in to the Montgomery police this week after an attack on a Black boat captain that garnered heavy backlash on social media.

A large white and red riverboat is next to a rainy dock behind a sign that reads: “No watercraft parking between signs. Reserved Harriott II.”

By Remy Tumin

Four people have turned themselves in to the police and have been charged with assault in connection with a brawl that broke out along the waterfront in Montgomery, Ala., last weekend, officials said, as the investigation into the racially charged melee continues .

The arrests came days after a group of white boaters attacked a Black riverboat cruise captain on Saturday. Warrants for three of the boaters were issued on Tuesday, and the Montgomery police had asked them during a news conference to come forward.

Allen Todd, 23, and Zachery Shipman, 25, were in custody of the Montgomery police as of Wednesday, the police said, and each was charged with one count of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor. A third man, Richard Roberts, 48, turned himself in on Tuesday and was charged with two counts of third-degree assault. All three have posted bail, officials said.

riverboat co captain

On Thursday, Mary Todd, 21, turned herself in and was also charged with third degree assault, the police said. She was being held for 12 hours, according to court records.

The misdemeanor assault is penalized by a fine of up to $6,000 and up to one year in jail. The four accused, all of whom are white, are scheduled for arraignment on Sept. 1.

The Montgomery police said on Thursday that no other charges had been levied, but more could come. While the fight appeared to be largely down racial lines, the police would not pursue hate crime charges, they said. They also will not pursue charges of inciting a riot.

The weekend’s violent scene was captured on video by several bystanders and drew a large social media response, including cartoons , TikTok videos , a song and re-enactments . Many of the videos, which offer multiple angles and vantage points of the incident, are now a part of the police investigation, said Chief Darryl J. Albert of the Montgomery Police.

The altercation began at the city’s popular Riverfront Park after a pontoon boat docked in a space designated for the Harriott II, a riverboat cruise that was returning from a trip up the Alabama River. For 45 minutes, the captain of the Harriott II instructed the pontoon boat via the public announcement system to move out of the way, but to no avail. Instead, the white boaters responded with “gestures, curse words and taunting,” Chief Albert said at a news conference on Tuesday.

At that point, Dameion Pickett, a co-captain of the Harriott, was given a ride on a small boat to the dock so he could talk to the pontoon owners. When Mr. Pickett, who is Black, tried to move the pontoon, the owners of the boat confronted and attacked him. Members of the Harriott’s crew and bystanders came to Mr. Pickett’s defense, and a melee broke out. One man was seen on video wielding a folding chair to use against the boaters.

Mr. Pickett and an unnamed 16-year-old male, who had taken Mr. Pickett to the dock, were injured in the brawl.

The dock’s history has become a part of the broader conversation around the fight and its racial overtones: The altercation occurred at the same dock where enslaved Africans arrived by steamboat to be sold in the center of town.

An earlier version of this article, relying on information provided by the Montgomery Police Department, misspelled the given names of two people. The boat co-captain is Dameion Pickett, not Damien; and a person charged is Zachery Shipman, not Zachary.

How we handle corrections

Remy Tumin is a reporter for The Times covering breaking news and other topics. More about Remy Tumin

  • Election 2024
  • Entertainment
  • Newsletters
  • Photography
  • Personal Finance
  • AP Investigations
  • AP Buyline Personal Finance
  • AP Buyline Shopping
  • Press Releases
  • Israel-Hamas War
  • Russia-Ukraine War
  • Global elections
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Middle East
  • Election Results
  • Delegate Tracker
  • AP & Elections
  • Auto Racing
  • 2024 Paris Olympic Games
  • Movie reviews
  • Book reviews
  • Personal finance
  • Financial Markets
  • Business Highlights
  • Financial wellness
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Social Media

Man accuses riverboat co-captain of assault during Alabama riverfront brawl

The Harriott II riverboat sits docked in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023. A riverfront brawl occurred on Aug. 5 when a crew member was punched for trying to move a pontoon boat that was blocking the riverboat from docking. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler)

The Harriott II riverboat sits docked in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023. A riverfront brawl occurred on Aug. 5 when a crew member was punched for trying to move a pontoon boat that was blocking the riverboat from docking. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler)

  • Copy Link copied

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Black riverboat co-captain at the center of an Alabama riverfront brawl that drew national attention has been accused of misdemeanor assault in the melee by one of the white boaters charged in the fight.

Court records show one of the white men accused of assaulting the co-captain during the August brawl filed a complaint last month saying the co-captain hit him first during the chaotic melee. The man’s complaint charges the co-captain with misdemeanor assault, according to court records.

“I was not trying to fight,” the man wrote in a statement. The complaint was filed Oct. 26 ahead of the man’s Nov. 16 trial on a misdemeanor assault charge of hitting and kicking the riverboat co-captain.

Montgomery Mayor Steven L. Reed and police Chief Darryl J. Albert issued a statement Thursday reiterating that the city and police department did not file the charges against the co-captain and that the police investigation considers him to be a victim.

The August riverfront melee in Montgomery drew national attention after bystanders filmed white boaters hitting a Black riverboat co-captain and others rushing to his defense. Video of the fight was shared widely online, sparking countless memes and parodies.

"Black Renaissance," by Rayvenn D'Clark, bronze, 2023, during a media tour of Equal Justice Initiative's new Freedom Monument Sculpture Park, Tuesday, March 12, 2024, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

Montgomery police said the brawl began when the white boaters refused to move their pontoon boat so the city-owned Harriott II riverboat could dock in its designated space. The boat’s co-captain said he was attacked after moving the pontoon boat a few feet to make way for the riverboat.

Five other people were previously charged in the brawl. Two white boaters previously pleaded guilty to charges of misdemeanor assault or harassment. Three other people, including a Black man who was filmed swinging a folding chair, have upcoming court dates.

riverboat co captain

Black riverboat co-captain faces assault complaint filed by white boater in Alabama dock brawl

riverboat co captain

The Black co-captain of a riverboat in Montgomery, Alabama, has been accused of misdemeanor assault by a white boater involved in a riverfront brawl that went viral on social media.

The city of Montgomery has charged Dameion Pickett, co-captain of the Harriott II, with third-degree assault. The complainant in the case is Zachery Shipman, who is also facing a misdemeanor assault charge.

The complaint was filed Oct. 26, ahead of the man’s Nov. 16 trial on a charge of hitting and kicking the riverboat co-captain. Officials did not publicly announce the charge as they have with others charged after the brawl.

The incident Aug. 9 started when Pickett asked the operators of a private boat that was docked in its space to move. Dozens of cellphone videos showing Pickett being punched and kicked by several white assailants were recorded by passengers aboard the Harriott II riverboat – which was waiting to dock with 227 people on board for more than 40 minutes – as well as people on the shore.

More: Montgomery riverfront brawl: Folding chair shows up in tourist photos, at voter drives

Richard Roberts and Mary Todd of Selma both  pleaded guilty to charges  related to the brawl in Montgomery municipal court. Cases are pending for three others including Shipman, Allen Todd and Reggie Ray, who is accused of hitting a woman with a folding chair.

Contributing: Associated Press

Alex Gladden is the Montgomery Advertiser's public safety reporter. She can be reached at [email protected] or on X, formerly known as Twitter, @gladlyalex.

  • Today's news
  • Reviews and deals
  • Climate change
  • 2024 election
  • Fall allergies
  • Health news
  • Mental health
  • Sexual health
  • Family health
  • So mini ways
  • Unapologetically
  • Buying guides

Entertainment

  • How to Watch
  • My watchlist
  • Stock market
  • Biden economy
  • Personal finance
  • Stocks: most active
  • Stocks: gainers
  • Stocks: losers
  • Trending tickers
  • World indices
  • US Treasury bonds
  • Top mutual funds
  • Highest open interest
  • Highest implied volatility
  • Currency converter
  • Basic materials
  • Communication services
  • Consumer cyclical
  • Consumer defensive
  • Financial services
  • Industrials
  • Real estate
  • Mutual funds
  • Credit cards
  • Balance transfer cards
  • Cash back cards
  • Rewards cards
  • Travel cards
  • Online checking
  • High-yield savings
  • Money market
  • Home equity loan
  • Personal loans
  • Student loans
  • Options pit
  • Fantasy football
  • Pro Pick 'Em
  • College Pick 'Em
  • Fantasy baseball
  • Fantasy hockey
  • Fantasy basketball
  • Download the app
  • Daily fantasy
  • Scores and schedules
  • GameChannel
  • World Baseball Classic
  • Premier League
  • CONCACAF League
  • Champions League
  • Motorsports
  • Horse racing
  • Newsletters

New on Yahoo

  • Privacy Dashboard

Riverboat co-captain was ‘doing his job’ before brawl, AL cops say. Here’s the latest

Three people have been charged following a violent brawl at Montgomery’s riverfront over the weekend, police in Alabama said.

The suspects, three white men, are expected to turn themselves in after arrest warrants were issued in the melee, Montgomery Police Chief Darryl Albert said at a news conference Tuesday, Aug. 8, streamed by AL.com.

The three were charged with third-degree assault, police said.

A Black man seen “wielding a folding chair” is also wanted for questioning, according to authorities.

The Aug. 5 incident was captured in viral videos that have seemingly touched every corner of the internet, spawning jokes and reenactments.

Social media clips showed a Black co-captain of the Harriott II riverboat being assaulted by several occupants of a private pontoon boat, which was unlawfully docked in a space designated for the Harriott II, police said.

In response, authorities said staff members from the Harriott ran to his defense.

“The co-captain was doing his job ’’ when things turned violent and “escalated into a fisted encounter,” Albert said.

A 16-year-old employee was also struck during the incident, according to authorities.

Before the brawl, the Harriott II — loaded with 227 passengers — stayed away from the dock for about 45 minutes as the captain tried contacting the party on the pontoon via a PA system, Albert told reporters at the news conference.

Instead, the crew was met with “obscene gestures, curse words and taunting” that continued when the co-captain took a smaller boat to the dock in hopes of getting the pontoon to move, the police chief said.

Authorities detained 13 people for questioning after the skirmish and later released them, according to Albert.Now, authorities are calling on the public to submit videos that may aid in the ongoing investigation.

“More charges are likely,” the police chief said.

Woman attacking guard with fire extinguisher fatally shot in supermarket, CA cops say

Man answers knocking at door - then relative bites part of his ear off, Utah cops say

Fight after concert ended in fatal shooting. Man sentenced 15 years later, officials say

Recommended Stories

Dolphins owner stephen ross reportedly declined $10 billion for team, stadium and f1 race.

The value of the Dolphins and Formula One racing is enormous.

Under Armour is collapsing — And Kevin Plank has to take the blame

The Under Armour meltdown continues.

PGA Championship: Will Zalatoris says group of players considered asking for postponement after death, Scottie Scheffler arrest

It was a surreal day at the PGA Championship.

Housing experts revise mortgage rate forecasts for remainder of 2024

Experts are revising their forecasts about mortgage rates and home prices for the rest of the year.

UFC Vegas 92: Piera Rodríguez DQ'd for multiple illegal headbutts vs. Ariane Carnelossi

Rodríguez was warned by the ref to watch her head. She responded by headbutting her opponent even harder.

Tied for the most bets for No. 1 overall pick in NBA Draft is ... Bronny James?

The co-leader in bets for the No. 1 overall pick is a stunner.

Diana Taurasi says Caitlin Clark's game is 'going to translate' after predicting her early struggles

The Mercury star's comment that "reality is coming" for Clark and other rookies took on a life of its own.

Report: Fanatics files lawsuit against Cardinals rookie WR Marvin Harrison Jr. for breach of contract

Marvin Harrison Jr., Fanatics said, “rejected or ignored every request” from the company while refusing to fulfill obligations of their contract that was signed last May.

Fox's Greg Olsen wins Emmy for best NFL analyst right before getting replaced by Tom Brady

Fox Sports is going to spend $375 million to replace an Emmy winner.

Tesla stock pops after company reveals new details, deliveries for its semitruck program

Robotaxis, low-cost cars, and the Cybertruck aren't stopping Tesla from pushing ahead with its new semitruck, which is set to reach customers by 2026.

NBA playoffs: Jaylen Brown's clutch 3 stuns Indiana as Celtics rip Game 1 from Pacers in OT

The Pacers appeared to have a Game 1 upset in hand.

The Spin: Making a call on 5 slumping fantasy baseball stars

All five of these hitters were drafted highly in fantasy baseball leagues. So far, they have not lived up to their ADPs — and that's an understatement. Scott Pianowski analyzes.

Are the Phillies really this good? Or has their schedule just been easy?

With largely the same group of players as the past two seasons, the answer for Philadelphia can be both.

Preakness Stakes 2024 winner, payouts, results: Seize the Grey wins at Pimlico, Mystik Dan finishes 2nd, ending Triple Crown bid

Live updates from the 149th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore

The Mavericks' major gambles pay off as Luka Dončić, Kyrie Irving lead charge to West finals

Shrewd moves and timely deals have the aggressive Mavericks moving on in the postseason — and perhaps to an even better tomorrow.

Apple will reportedly offer higher trade-in credit for old iPhones for the next two weeks

According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple will be offering a little more than usual for some trade-ins starting next week in the US and Canada. That's as long as you're getting one of the iPhone 15 models.

Auburn RB Brian Battie critically wounded in Sarasota shooting

Battie's older brother Tommie was killed and three others were shot early Saturday morning .

Welcome to the WNBA: Caitlin Clark's regular-season debut is anything but easy

Clark set the Indiana Fever’s franchise record for turnovers (10), shot 5-of-15 from the floor and struggled with the Connecticut Sun’s physical defense.

US federal budget crosses grim milestone as interest payments overtake defense spending

Interest payments on the national debt are set to eclipse defense spending this year for the first time ever.

NBA Draft Combine reactions: Edey oh my, Bronny James is ready & whose stock is rising? | On the Clock with Krysten Peek

Yahoo Sports NBA draft expert Krysten Peek is back for another season of On the Clock with Krysten Peek. Krysten just spent the week in Chicago at the NBA Draft Combine and kicks off draft season joined by CBS Sports' Kyle Boone.

Montgomery riverfront brawl: Black co-captain faces assault charge

riverboat co captain

The Black co-captain of the Harriott II has been charged with third-degree assault in the riverfront brawl in Montgomery municipal court.

Dameion Pickett will go to court at 10 a.m. Nov. 21. The complainant in the case is Zachery Shipman, who is also facing an assault charge.

The brawl happened Aug. 5, and Pickett was charged Oct. 26. Officials did not publicly announce the charges as they did with others charged after the brawl.

Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed and Montgomery Police Chief Darryl Albert released the following statement Thursday afternoon:

“The City of Montgomery and Montgomery Police Department have been made aware that one of the individuals involved in the incident at Montgomery Riverfront Park on August 5, 2023, has filed charges against (Harriott) II co-captain Dameion Pickett. Neither the City nor the Montgomery Police Department filed these charges. The Montgomery Police Department’s investigation only lists Mr. Pickett as a victim.”

More: Montgomery riverfront brawl: Folding chair shows up in tourist photos, at voter drives

The incident started when Pickett asked the operators of a private boat that was docked in its space to move. Dozens of cellphone videos showing Pickett being punched and kicked by several white assailants were recorded by passengers aboard the Harriott II riverboat – which was waiting to dock with 227 people on board for more than 40 minutes – as well as people on the shore.

Richard Roberts and Mary Todd of Selma both  pleaded guilty to charges  related to the brawl in Montgomery municipal court. Cases are pending for three others including Shipman, Allen Todd and Reggie Ray, who is accused of hitting a woman with a folding chair.

This story was updated at 4:48 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, to clarify that while Pickett is charged in municipal court, the city itself did not file the charges.

Alex Gladden is the Montgomery Advertiser's public safety reporter. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @gladlyalex.

Riverboat Co-Captain Pleads Not Guilty to Assault Charge

A Black riverboat co-captain, who was attacked in an Alabama riverfront brawl, has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Black riverboat co-captain who was attacked in an Alabama dock brawl pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor assault charge filed by one of the white boaters in the melee.

The co-captain entered the plea in Montgomery municipal court, according to local news outlets. His trial is scheduled for January.

The August riverfront melee in Montgomery drew national attention after bystanders filmed white boaters hitting a Black riverboat co-captain and others rushing to his defense. One of the white men accused of assaulting the co-captain during the brawl filed a complaint last month saying the co-captain hit him first during the chaotic melee, according to court records.

Montgomery Mayor Steven L. Reed and police Chief Darryl J. Albert have said the police investigation considers the co-captain to be a victim in the case.

Montgomery police said the brawl began when the white boaters refused to move their pontoon boat so the city-owned Harriott II riverboat could dock in its designated space. The boat’s co-captain said he was attacked after moving the pontoon boat a few feet to make way for the riverboat. Video of the fight was shared widely online, sparking countless memes and parodies.

A total of five people were previously charged in the brawl. Two white boaters previously pleaded guilty to charges of misdemeanor assault or harassment. Three other people, including a Black man who was filmed swinging a folding chair, have upcoming court dates.

Copyright 2023 The  Associated Press . All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Photos You Should See - May 2024

TOPSHOT - A woman wades through flood waters at an inundated residential area in Garissa, on May 9, 2024. Kenya is grappling with one of its worst floods in recent history, the latest in a string of weather catastrophes, following weeks of extreme rainfall scientists have linked to a changing climate. At least 257 people have been killed and more than 55,000 households have been displaced as murky waters submerge entire villages, destroy roads and inundate dams. (Photo by LUIS TATO / AFP) (Photo by LUIS TATO/AFP via Getty Images)

Join the Conversation

Tags: Alabama , Associated Press , courts , crime

Related Articles

Best states.

riverboat co captain

America 2024

riverboat co captain

Best States Rankings

  • # 2 New Hampshire
  • # 3 Nebraska
  • # 4 Minnesota

Health News Bulletin

Stay informed on the latest news on health and COVID-19 from the editors at U.S. News & World Report.

Sign in to manage your newsletters »

Sign up to receive the latest updates from U.S News & World Report and our trusted partners and sponsors. By clicking submit, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions & Privacy Policy .

You May Also Like

The 10 best states in america.

Elliott Davis Jr. May 7, 2024

riverboat co captain

Why Utah Is the Best State

Elliott Davis Jr. and Julia Haines May 7, 2024

riverboat co captain

Why Florida Is No. 1 in Education

Tim Smart May 7, 2024

riverboat co captain

Graduating Seniors Seek Degrees in Climate Change and More US Universities Deliver

Associated Press May 22, 2024

riverboat co captain

Bringyaass.com' and the 4th-Best State

U.S. News Staff May 22, 2024

Anonymous Gifts Are Common. but a Climate Group Says a $10 Million Gift It Got Is an All-Out Mystery

riverboat co captain

Sites With Radioactive Material More Vulnerable as Climate Change Increases Wildfire, Flood Risks

riverboat co captain

Tornado Kills Multiple People in Iowa as Powerful Storms Again Tear Through Midwest

riverboat co captain

Hunter Biden Seeks a Delay in His Federal Tax Trial Set to Begin in Los Angeles Next Month

riverboat co captain

Judge in the Florida Trump Classified Documents Case Will Hear More Arguments on Dismissing Charges

riverboat co captain

Read the Latest on Page Six

latest in US News

RNC headquarters in DC given 'all clear' after 'vials of blood' reportedly sent in package

RNC headquarters in DC given 'all clear' after 'vials of blood'...

‘Utter chaos’ in search for Maine gunman, included drunk cops: report

‘Utter chaos’ in search for Maine gunman, included drunk...

The bodies of 4 men, 2 women found strangled, piled up at Acapulco resort in Mexico

The bodies of 4 men, 2 women found strangled, piled up at...

Cassie Ventura's ex-makeup artist saw singer 'badly bruised' while dating Diddy: 'We were always scared of Puff'

Cassie Ventura's ex-makeup artist saw singer 'badly bruised'...

'Squad' Dem's sister loses crowded deep blue primary despite endorsements from other progressives

'Squad' Dem's sister loses crowded deep blue primary despite...

50 Cent sells documentary on Diddy sex assault allegations to Netflix after 'massive bidding war'

50 Cent sells documentary on Diddy sex assault allegations to...

Biden admin announces $7.7B student debt handout for 160K borrowers

Biden admin announces $7.7B student debt handout for 160K...

Kansas moms allegedly killed by 'God's Misfits' group were found dead in buried freezer on farm

Kansas moms allegedly killed by 'God's Misfits' group were found...

Alabama riverboat co-captain ‘held on for dear life’ in beatdown by boaters who’d caused ‘trouble’ before.

  • View Author Archive
  • Email the Author
  • Follow on Twitter
  • Get author RSS feed

Contact The Author

Thanks for contacting us. We've received your submission.

Thanks for contacting us. We've received your submission.

The Alabama riverboat co-captain  attacked at the Montgomery Riverfront  said he “held on for dear life” while being battered by the unruly boaters — who had also caused them “trouble” in previous run-ins.

Damien Pickett said his crew asked the occupants of a pontoon boat “at least five or six times” to move from the docking spot dedicated to the Harriott II riverboat, according to a handwritten deposition  obtained by NBC News .

They responded by “giving us the finger” for several minutes, Pickett said.

After being ignored, Pickett and a dockhand then untied their boat and moved it “three steps to the right” and tied it again, he told authorities.

“By that time, two people ran up behind me,” he wrote, saying it included a man in a red hat who yelled, “Don’t touch that boat motherf–ker or we will beat your ass.”

Alabama riverboat co-captain Damien Pickett

“I told them, ‘No you won’t,’” he said, saying he told them when they kept threatening him: “Do what you’ve got to do. I’m just doing my job.”

Pickett said one of the men called another other and “They both were very drunk.”

While another man tried to “calm them down,” the boat’s owner arrived and “started getting loud.

“He got into my face. ‘This belongs to the f–king public.’ I told him this was a city dock,” Pickett recalled in his statement.

Picket being attacked

“By that time, a tall, older white guy came over and hit me in the face,” he said.

“I took my hat off and threw it in the air. Somebody hit me from behind. I started choking the older guy in front of me so he couldn’t anymore, pushing him back at the same time,” Pickett wrote. Someone then “tackled” him, he wrote. “I went to the ground. I think I hit one of them.

“I think I bit one of them, and I can hear them saying, ‘I’m going to kill you motherf–ker,'” he wrote.

“I can’t tell you how long it lasted. I grabbed someone and held on for dear life.”

Attack on the dock

After struggling to his feet, Pickett said he looked up and saw a colleague. “One of my co-workers had jumped in the water and was pushing people and fighting,” he wrote.

“The guy, the one who started it all was choking my sister,” he wrote, according to WSFA , which identified the suspect as Richard Roberts, 48.

People detained after brawl

“I hit him, grabbed her, and turned around, and [police] had a taser in my face. I told him I was attacked and said can I finish my job? Because the back of the boat wasn’t tied,” Pickett wrote.

When the situation was brought under control, he said he let off his passengers with the help of police. “I was apologizing to them for the inconvenience. Some of them gave me cards with their names and numbers,” he wrote.

Pickett said he was checked out at a hospital after the attack, where he found out that he had “no broken bones, just a few bruised ribs and a lump” on the head.

Zachary Shipman

His fellow captain, Jim Kittrell, told Alabama’s 93.1 radio station that this wasn’t the first time he had trouble with the same boaters.

“This is the same group that comes every year … we’ve had trouble with them in the past, but just like jokey things,”  he told the station .

“Like, a couple of years ago, this same group was here. We came back from a cruise and our golf cart was missing. …we finally found it in the Hampton Inn lobby,” he said.

Allen Todd

“We were going to press charges then, but the police talked us out of it.”

Kittrell previously said he believed the attack was “racially motivated,” but police say hate charges are not justified.

So far four people have been arrested for the attack, with police saying more are expected.

Richard Roberts, 48.

Roberts, Allen Todd, 23, and Zachary Shipman, 25, were charged Tuesday with assault, while a fourth suspect, Mary Todd, 21, was arrested Thursday after she turned herself into Montgomery police.

Mary Todd

Police did not disclose what role she played in the brawl, but video shows a woman with features similar to Todd’s  hurling punches and shoving others  during the chaos.

It was unclear whether Mary Todd and Allen Todd are related.

Share this article:

Alabama riverboat co-captain Damien Pickett

Advertisement

riverboat co captain

Riverboat Co-Captain Charged in Viral Summer Alabama Riverfront Brawl

Dameion pickett faces charges of third-degree assault.

The co-captain of an Alabama riverboat has been charged in connection with the dockside brawl that drew national attention in August, according to a local media report.

Dameion Pickett , the co-captain of the Harriott II riverboat, was charged with third-degree assault, according to a report by CBS’ Selma affiliate WAKA . Pickett is the sixth person charged in the brawl, which was spurred after the riverboat attempted to dock along the Montgomery riverfront but was blocked by a private pontoon boat.

The charges were filed on Oct. 26 and were not publicly announced by the Montgomery police or Montgomery city attorney, according to AL.com .

Pickett, who is Black, took a smaller boat to the dock to move the pontoon boat on his own, but four white boaters attacked him, prompting others to defend Pickett and turning the initial disagreement into a melee. Some believed the incident was racially motivated .

Richard Roberts, 48; Zachery Shipman, 25; Allen Todd, 23; and Mary Todd, 21, were all charged with third-degree assault for allegedly attacking Pickett. Reggie Ray, 42, was also charged with disorderly conduct in the fight for allegedly hitting someone with a folding chair.

Shipman is listed as the complainant in the case against Pickett, according to WAKA.

Mary Todd reached a plea agreement with prosecutors last month, downgrading her charge to harassment. She will be required to pay $357 in court costs and complete anger management classes.

In addition, Roberts agreed to plead guilty to two counts of third-degree assault and received a suspended four-month jail sentence, which he will serve on the weekends, and 100 hours of community service.

Allen Todd, Shipman and Ray are all set to appear in court on Nov. 16. Pickett’s arraignment hearing is scheduled for Nov. 21, according to WAKA.

A fight at the Montgomery Riverfront on Aug. 5 has led to charges for six people.

riverboat co captain

Riverboat co-captain faces assault charge in Alabama brawl

riverboat co captain

A Black riverboat co-captain at the center of an Alabama riverfront brawl that drew national attention has been accused of misdemeanor assault in the melee by one of the White  boaters  charged in the fight.

Court records show one of the white men accused of assaulting the co-captain during the August brawl filed a complaint last month saying the co-captain hit him first during the chaotic melee. The co-captain faces a  charge  of misdemeanor assault, according to court records.

"I was not trying to fight," the man wrote in a statement. 

The complaint was filed Oct. 26 ahead of the man's Nov. 16 trial on a misdemeanor assault charge of hitting and kicking the riverboat co-captain.

A man punches another man.

Here's what really happened with the Alabama riverfront dock brawl

Alabama's Montgomery Police Department gave an update on the brawl that occurred on its riverside dock.

The  August riverfront melee  in Montgomery drew national attention after bystanders filmed White boaters hitting a Black riverboat co-captain and others rushing to his defense. Video of the fight was shared widely online, sparking countless memes and parodies.

Montgomery police said the brawl began when the White boaters refused to move their pontoon boat so the city-owned Harriott II riverboat could dock in its designated space. The boat's co-captain said he was attacked after moving the pontoon boat a few feet to make way for the  riverboat .

Five other people were previously charged in the brawl. Two white boaters previously pleaded guilty to charges of misdemeanor assault or harassment. Three other people, including a Black man who was filmed swinging a folding chair, have upcoming court dates.

Most Recent

A health insurance agent talks with clients behind a window with an "Obamacare" sign.

The state of the Affordable Care Act, 10 years later

The Boeing 777-300ER aircraft of Singapore Airlines, flight SQ321 from London's Heathrow airport, is seen on tarmac after requesting an emergency landing at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International airport.

Singapore Airlines CEO apologizes for 'traumatic' deadly turbulence

A boy waves a Palestinian flag as demonstrators in Spain march during a protest calling for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza.

Spain, Ireland, Norway will recognize a Palestinian state. Why does it matter?

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona

Biden administration canceling student loans for another 160,000 borrowers

UnitedHealth Group office

Recent hacks make it clear: America's health care system is too vulnerable

A grizzly bear roams an exhibit at the Woodland Park Zoo.

Man 'seriously injured' after encountering 2 grizzly bears in national park

america tonight promo

WEEKNIGHTS at 8/7c

IMAGES

  1. Riverboat co-captain Damien Pickett

    riverboat co captain

  2. Riverboat. Darren McGavin. 1959-1961.

    riverboat co captain

  3. Inside Info: Riverboat Captain Kevin East

    riverboat co captain

  4. Riverboat Captain Made History When He Led Ship In 1992

    riverboat co captain

  5. Riverboat Captain Made History When He Led Ship In 1992

    riverboat co captain

  6. Alabama Riverboat Co-Captain Claims Boaters Threatened To KILL Him

    riverboat co captain

COMMENTS

  1. Riverboat co-captain charged with assault after Alabama riverfront

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Black riverboat co-captain at the center of an Alabama riverfront brawl that drew national attention has been accused of misdemeanor assault in the melee by one of the ...

  2. Two men plead guilty in Alabama riverfront brawl; charge against co

    The boat's co-captain said he was attacked after moving the pontoon boat a few feet to make way for the riverboat. The guilty pleas concluded the last of the criminal cases brought against four ...

  3. Riverboat co-captain pleads not guilty to assault charge

    The co-captain entered the plea in Montgomery municipal court, according to local news outlets. His trial is scheduled for January. The August riverfront melee in Montgomery drew national attention after bystanders filmed white boaters hitting a Black riverboat co-captain and others rushing to his defense. One of the white men accused of ...

  4. Men attacked Alabama boat co-captain for 'just doing my job,' he says

    8) MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama boat co-captain was hanging on "for dear life" as men punched and tackled him on the capital city's riverfront, he told police after video of the brawl circulated widely online. Dameion Pickett, a crew member of the Harriott II in Montgomery, described the brawl in a handwritten statement to ...

  5. Men charged in Montgomery riverboat brawl caused 'trouble' before

    The three White men charged with assault Tuesday after they attacked a Black riverboat co-captain in Montgomery, Ala., and ignited a brawl largely along racial lines had previously caused problems ...

  6. Arrest warrants issued for 3 men in massive fight at Montgomery ...

    Pickett, the co-captain, was picked up from the riverboat by another vessel and brought to the dock to try to have a conversation with the boat owners and get them to move, Albert said. There, the ...

  7. Montgomery riverboat co-captain says he was hanging on 'for dear life

    An Alabama boat co-captain was hanging on "for dear life" as men punched and tackled him on the riverfront of the state's capital city, he told police after video of the brawl circulated ...

  8. Montgomery riverboat co-captain charged with assault months after brawl

    The co-captain of the Montgomery riverboat involved in the August brawl between the vessel's Black crew members and passengers and white occupants of a pontoon boat has been charged with third ...

  9. 4 Charged in Riverfront Brawl in Montgomery, Alabama

    The arrests came days after a group of white boaters attacked a Black riverboat cruise captain on Saturday. Warrants for three of the boaters were issued on Tuesday, and the Montgomery police had ...

  10. Man accuses riverboat co-captain of assault during Alabama riverfront brawl

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Black riverboat co-captain at the center of an Alabama riverfront brawl that drew national attention has been accused of misdemeanor assault in the melee by one of the white boaters charged in the fight.. Court records show one of the white men accused of assaulting the co-captain during the August brawl filed a complaint last month saying the co-captain hit him ...

  11. Black riverboat co-captain faces assault complaint filed by white

    The Black co-captain of a riverboat in Montgomery, Alabama, has been accused of misdemeanor assault by a white boater involved in a riverfront brawl that went viral on social media. The city of ...

  12. Riverboat co-captain was 'doing his job' before brawl, AL cops say

    Social media clips showed a Black co-captain of the Harriott II riverboat being assaulted by several occupants of a private pontoon boat, which was unlawfully docked in a space designated for the Harriott II, police said. In response, authorities said staff members from the Harriott ran to his defense. "The co-captain was doing his job ...

  13. Man Accuses Riverboat Co-Captain of Assault During Alabama Riverfront Brawl

    A Black riverboat co-captain at the center of an Alabama riverfront brawl that drew national attention has been accused of misdemeanor assault in the melee by one of the white boaters in the fight.

  14. Montgomery riverfront brawl: Black co-captain faces assault charge

    The Black co-captain of the Harriott II has been charged with third-degree assault in the riverfront brawl in Montgomery municipal court.. Dameion Pickett will go to court at 10 a.m. Nov. 21.

  15. Riverboat Co-Captain Pleads Not Guilty to Assault Charge

    The boat's co-captain said he was attacked after moving the pontoon boat a few feet to make way for the riverboat. Video of the fight was shared widely online, sparking countless memes and parodies.

  16. Montgomery mayor, police chief: Charges against co-captain in ...

    Montgomery's mayor and police chief have released a statement in which they're seeking to clarify developments surrounding charges that have been filed against the Harriott II riverboat's co ...

  17. Beaten riverboat co-captain 'held on for dear life'

    Updated Aug. 11, 2023, 11:52 a.m. ET. The Alabama riverboat co-captain attacked at the Montgomery Riverfront said he "held on for dear life" while being battered by the unruly boaters — who ...

  18. Riverboat Co-Captain Charged in Viral Summer Alabama Riverfront Brawl

    The co-captain of an Alabama riverboat has been charged in connection with the dockside brawl that drew national attention in August, according to a local media report.. Dameion Pickett, the co ...

  19. Co-Captain Of Alabama Riverboat Involved In Viral Brawl ...

    What To Watch For. Pickett will be arraigned on November 21. Key Background. In early August, video went viral showing a small private pontoon boat blocking the Harriott II riverboat.

  20. Riverboat co-captain faces assault charge in Alabama brawl

    Posted at 3:48 PM, Nov 09, 2023. A Black riverboat co-captain at the center of an Alabama riverfront brawl that drew national attention has been accused of misdemeanor assault in the melee by one of the White boaters charged in the fight. Court records show one of the white men accused of assaulting the co-captain during the August brawl filed ...

  21. Riverboat co-captain faces assault charge in Alabama brawl

    A Black riverboat co-captain at the center of an Alabama riverfront brawl that drew national attention has been accused of misdemeanor assault in the melee by one of the White boaters charged in the fight.. Court records show one of the white men accused of assaulting the co-captain during the August brawl filed a complaint last month saying the co-captain hit him first during the chaotic melee.

  22. Baller Alert

    balleralert on November 9, 2023: "Montgomery Riverboat Co-Captain Now Charged in Viral Brawl Blogged by: @xoxo_Simone The co-captain of the #HarriottII has now been ...