Riverboat Co-Captain Arrested in Alabama Riverfront Brawl Went Viral During Summer

According to a report from local media, the August dockside brawl that gained national attention has resulted in the co-captain of an Alabama riverboat being charged.

According to a report by WAKA, CBS’ Selma affiliate, Dameion Pickett, co-captain of the Harriott II riverboat, has been charged with third-degree assault. The brawl, which involved six people including Pickett, erupted after the riverboat was prevented from docking along the Montgomery riverfront by a private pontoon boat.

According to AL.com, the Montgomery police or Montgomery city attorney did not publicly announce the charges filed on Oct. 26. While attempting to move a pontoon boat on his own, Pickett, a Black man, was attacked by four white boaters on a smaller boat at the dock. The attack provoked others to defend Pickett, escalating the situation into a violent altercation. There are suspicions that the attack was racially motivated.

Richard Roberts, aged 48, Zachery Shipman, aged 25, Allen Todd, aged 23 and Mary Todd, aged 21 have been charged with third-degree assault. They are accused of attacking Pickett. Additionally, Reggie Ray, aged 42, has been charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly hitting someone with a folding chair during the fight.

Last month, prosecutors reached a plea agreement with Mary Todd, downgrading her charge to harassment. As per the agreement, she is required to complete anger management classes and pay a sum of $357 towards court costs. Roberts has agreed to plead guilty to two counts of third-degree assault and has been given a suspended four-month jail sentence. He will serve the sentence on weekends and also perform 100 hours of community service.

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