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Riverfront brawl brings unwelcome attention to historic civil rights city in Alabama

Police in Montgomery, Alabama, said three people are expected to be in custody Tuesday on charges including misdemeanor assault in connection with a riverfront brawl that drew nationwide attention. (Aug. 8)

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Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed speaks a news conference at City Hall in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday August 8, 2023, to discuss a riverfront brawl. Listening at right is Police Chief Darryl Albert. Video circulating on social media showed a large melee Saturday, Aug. 5, that appeared to begin when a crew member of a city-operated riverboat tried to get a pontoon boat moved that was blocking the riverboat from docking.(Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

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Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed, left, listens as Police Chief Darryl Albert speaks a news conference at City Hall in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023, to discuss a riverfront brawl. Video circulating on social media showed a large melee Saturday, Aug. 5, that appeared to begin when a crew member of a city-operated riverboat tried to get a pontoon boat moved that was blocking the riverboat from docking.(Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

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)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Three white boaters in Alabama’s capital city will be charged with misdemeanor assault for a riverfront brawl with a Black boat captain that drew nationwide attention, with more charges likely to come, police said.

Videos of the incident, which circulated widely on social media, have proven crucial in investigating what happened, Montgomery Police Chief Darryl Albert said. One person has turned himself in and the other two have agreed to turn themselves in by the end of the day Tuesday.

“The investigation is ongoing and more charges are likely,” Albert said.

The fight was largely split along racial lines and began when a moored pontoon boat blocked the Harriott II riverboat from docking in its designated space along the city’s riverfront, Albert said. The Harriott II had 227 passengers aboard for a tour.

The viral video of white boaters assaulting a Black riverboat captain and the following melee brought unwelcome attention to the historic city — which is known across the country for the Montgomery bus boycott in the 1950s and voting rights marches in the 1960s. The city in recent decades has tried to move beyond its reputation as a site of racial tension and to build a tourism trade instead based on its critical role in the Civil Rights Movement.

“I don’t think you can judge any community by any one incident. This is not indicative of who we are,” Mayor Steven Reed said Tuesday. He noted that the people on the pontoon boat were not from Montgomery. “It’s important for us to address this as an isolated incident, one that was avoidable and one that was brought on by individuals who chose the wrong path of action,” Reed said.

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Before the fight began, the riverboat captain tried to contact the pontoon boat owner by loudspeaker. People on the other boat responded with “obscene gestures, curse words and taunting,” the police chief said. The riverboat co-captain took another vessel to shore to attempt to move the pontoon boat and “was attacked by several members of the private boat.” Albert said several people from the riverboat came to the co-captain’s defense, “engaging in what we all have seen since on social media.”

Video captured by bystanders showed that once the Harriott II docked, several people from the riverboat rushed to confront the people on the pontoon boat and more fighting broke out. The video showed people being shoved, punched and kicked, and one man hitting someone with a chair. At least one person was knocked into the water.

“The co-captain was doing his job. He was simply trying to move the boat just enough so the cruise ship could park safely, but it quickly escalated,” Albert said.

The police chief said so far the charges are against people from the pontoon boat who assaulted the co-captain and a 16-year-old who got involved. Police are trying to locate and question the man with the chair.

The fight took place along Montgomery’s downtown riverfront in an area where slaveowners once unloaded people from steam boats to be sold at auction.

Now, the city has developed the area into a tourist and recreation place with restaurants, bars and hotels. The Harriott II take tourists on sightseeing trips with food and entertainment, along the Alabama River.

The brawl sparked dozens of internet memes and videos with some joking that the chair should be placed in a local museum.

Albert said while some made racial taunts, the police department does not believe the motivation behind the fight rises to the standard of a hate crime. Alcohol is believed to be an escalating factor, he said.

Christa Owen of Clanton was aboard the riverboat with her husband and their daughter for a dinner cruise to celebrate the daughter’s 12th birthday. She said the riverboat captain said on loudspeaker: “Black pontoon boat, move your boat,” and that passengers also yelled for the boat to move so they could dock.

“They shrugged their shoulders,” Owen said. She said the crew member, identified by police as the co-captain of the riverboat, got off to move the pontoon boat a few feet. Owen said the tension was obvious and mounting before punches were thrown. She said passengers felt helpless as they watched the co-captain get pummeled by several people on shore.

Owen, a stay-at-home mom, filmed the confrontation as it began on the dock. She said as a “mother of many” she knows the importance of being able to document how a conflict started. Once the boat was able to dock, she said her family had to figure out how to get off the boat safely with the fighting going on around them.

“It didn’t have to escalate to that,” she said.

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WATCH: Massive Riverfront Brawl in Alabama Leads to Multiple Arrests

The fight in Montgomery, which reportedly broke out over dock space, ballooned to include men, women, and a guy wielding a folding chair.

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A Saturday night melee along a river in Montgomery, Alabama that exploded after a group of white boaters reportedly challenged a Black riverboat worker has led to several arrests, according to authorities.

The Montgomery Police Department said that “several” people had been detained after the brawl broke out at Riverfront Park around 7 p.m. Police confirmed to WSFA on Sunday afternoon that there were four active warrants in the case, with more possibly to come as the department’s investigation continues.

Witnesses told the station and several other local outlets that the fight was sparked by a pontoon boat blocking a riverboat’s dock space. “That area is the regular spot reserved for the Harriott II Riverboat,” the Montgomery Advertiser reported.

In footage that circulated on social media in the aftermath of the tumult, a Black man can be seen standing on the dock, apparently attempting to unmoor the pontoon.

“Those guys who parked there were told not to leave it there and they left it there,” the woman filming, a guest on the riverboat cruise, can be heard saying. She identifies the man as a member of the cruise’s crew.

“So he’s just pushing it off,” the woman narrates. “That’s funny. Took matters into his own hands. I love it.” In the background of the video, other guests and crew members can be heard shouting in encouragement.

Several white men then approach the crew member, and an inaudible verbal confrontation begins, lasting several minutes.

As the men continue to argue, people on the boat can be heard yelling chants including, “Knock his ass out, Damien!” and “Get the fuck out the way!” The people aboard the riverboat then begin chanting the lyrics to “Move Bitch.”

Eventually, one of the men in the pontoon group shoves the crew member back. The crew member throws his hat away and the pair begin exchanging blows.

In another video, onlookers can be heard screaming, with one watching from the river yelling, “Y’all help that brother!” Several other people then rush in to join the fight, including a Black man who jumps into the water from a boat and swims to the dock.

The man in the water was identified by a family publicist on Sunday night only as a 16-year-old named Aaren. Calling him a “cherished young hero,” the publicist said in a statement posted to Facebook that Aaren “selflessly came to the rescue of a fellow colleague, showing courage beyond his years.”

According to a third video of the incident, the fight appears to momentarily deescalate soon after Aaren reaches the dock, only for it to scale up again, becoming a full-on brawl as the riverboat docks and roughly a dozen other employees go ashore.

Within moments, men and women, both Black and white, can be seen kicking, punching, eye-gouging, and wrestling each other. A person is at one point thrown into the water, while elsewhere a man finds a folding chair and starts bashing people over the head with it. Security officers can be seen attempting to break various sections of the fight up.

Law enforcement officers who arrived on the scene soon after handcuffed several people, including the man with the folding chair. The detained suspects’ names have not been released, and charges against those involved in the fight were pending on Sunday, according to the Montgomery Police Department.

In a Sunday afternoon statement, Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed said, “ Last night, the Montgomery Police Department acted swiftly to detain several reckless individuals for attacking a man who was doing his job. Warrants have been signed and justice will be served. This was an unfortunate incident which never should have occurred.”

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New video shows Montgomery Riverfront brawl erupting as rivercruise dock worker attacked

The video shows how the viral brawl on Montgomery, Alabama, riverfront erupted when an argument broke out between riverboat cruise staff and pleasure boat owners. Multiple arrests were later made

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A new video has emerged showing how the viral boat fight erupted which ended with multiple arrests.

The fight broke out on the riverfront in Montgomery, Alabama, On Saturday early evening and the mayor has said it started when a worker was attacked . He vowed: "Justice will be served."

A picture later shared on social media shows a number of people sitting on the pontoon in handcuffs. The new video shows a man wearing a white t-shirt reported to be an employee of a boat company retying the mooring ropes of a boat on the pontoon.

According to reports he was trying to make space for one of the historic boats to moor up in its usual position.

As he is working a topless man runs up and appears to start arguing with him. As it progresses the video shot from the boat, shows angry gesturing and another topless man runs up to confront the worker.

Passengers on the boat waiting to moor up continue to heckle as the argument on the pontoon heats up. Another man comes in to talk with the worker before one of the topless men lunges at worker, appearing to attack him. At this point the worker dramatically throws his hat in the air and the fight begins.

Seconds after the two start scuffling a number of other topless white men charge in and knock the worker to the ground. They start beating him on the ground, which is when more people get involved, developing it into the brawl.

It turns into a massive fight with people thrown into the water, chairs being smashed over peoples' heads and people being beaten on the ground. In the early moments of the fight as one man takes on three others, someone is seen jumping from a nearby boat to swim over and join in.

Police were called to reports of the disturbance at the riverfront at around 7pm on Saturday. Multiple people have been detained and charges are pending. So far no names of those involved have been released.

Dozens of witnesses pulled out their phones and started heckling as the fight continued. At one stage a woman lay stricken on the floor before a man brought a chair down hard on her head. The man was then detained by law enforcement officials at the scene desperately trying to contain the whole situation.

In another video of the incident a group of men can be seen approaching another group on a boat before more fighting erupts.

A photo shared later on social media shows a number of men sitting on the pontoon in handcuffs. Montgomery Mayor Steven L. Reed said in a statement Sunday: "Justice will be served."

He indicated that the man from the riverboat was initially attacked and those who attacked him would face the justice system.

"The Montgomery Police Department acted swiftly to detain several reckless individuals for attacking a man who was doing his job," he said.

Although the brawl seemed to start between a large group of white people and a large group of black people, it is unclear if the fight was racially aggravated.

Montgomery, Alabama, has been at the centre of racial history in the US. It was where Rosa Parks was arrested for her refusal to give up her seat to a white person which kicked off the Montgomery bus boycott, considered a foundational moment in the civil rights struggle.

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Two participants in the Alabama boat-dock brawl that went viral around the globe this past summer have been sentenced — one to jail and the other to anger-management classes.

Richard Roberts, 48 who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault rap for his role in the violent fracas, was ordered to serve 32 days behind bars along with 100 hours of community service. He will also have to pay court costs.

Mary Todd, 21, copped to a misdemeanor harassment charge and will enroll in anger-management courses as part of a plea deal. She will also be on the hook for court costs related to her case.

Three additional defendants — Allen Todd, 24, Zachary Shipman, 26, and Reggie Ray, 42 — have yet to resolve their cases.

Todd and Shipman were hit with third-degree assault charges, while Ray — who used a folding chair during the fight — faces a disorderly conduct rap.

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The melee was sparked when a tourist riverboat carrying 227 passengers was unable to dock in August because a private pontoon boat was parked in its space, Montgomery cops said at the time.

The riverboat’s co-captain, Damien Pickett, asked over a public-address system for the occupants of the pontoon boat to move but was blown off with profanity and obscene gestures.

Pickett was then ferried to the dock in an attempt to speak to the pontoon boat’s passengers in person and was attacked after further words were exchanged.

Several of Pickett’s co-workers on the riverboat jumped to his defense as stunned onlookers watched the brawl deteriorate, with bystanders joining the fray.

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A witness told police that the occupants of the pontoon boat used racial slurs during the assault against Pickett, who is black.

But prosecutors declined to hit the assailants with hate-crime raps, and Pickett himself told investigators that he didn’t believe race played a role in the incident.

A white teen dock worker who accompanied Pickett during his attempt to speak to the boat’s passengers was also beaten, officials noted.

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“It’s important for us to understand that there was a young white dock worker or someone who worked on the boat who also tried to help and who was attacked as well,” Montgomery mayor Steven Reed said after the footage went viral.

The city’s police chief, who is black, said the case was thoroughly vetted.

“Knowing Montgomery’s history, knowing all the civil-rights things that we went through here in the city of Montgomery and what the means to the nation, we were very amped-up to get this right,” Chief Darryl Albert said.

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Several people detained after fight breaks out at Montgomery’s Riverfront Park in Alabama

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Update : Montgomery police say 4 active warrants out after brawl at Riverfront Park in Alabama

Several people were taken into custody Saturday night after a fight broke out at Montgomery’s Riverfront Park in Alabama, authorities said.

The Montgomery Police Department responded to a disturbance at the 200 block of Coosa Street in Montgomery, Alabama, at 7 p.m. after a large group of people were fighting. Several people were detained, police said.

A video of the incident, which appeared to be racially divided, was shared Sunday on social media. It’s been reported that it began because a pontoon boat was blocking dock space needed to park a riverboat. That area is the regular spot reserved for the Harriott II Riverboat.

Watch the video to see the massive boat deck brawl that led to several people being detained.

One short video, posted on social media by Josh Moon of the Alabama Political Reporter, shows several white people fighting a single Black man, who according to Jasmine Williams of WSFA is a dock worker.

The only audio heard is from witnesses yelling, but it appears to begin with an argument between the Black man and one of the white men. Another white man rushes and hits the Black man, who backs up and tosses his hat into the air. Then the fight begins in earnest, and several white people begin hitting the Black man.

During the video, one witness, apparently watching from the riverboat, screamed repeatedly, “Y’all help that brother!” to onlookers who were on shore. It appears some people from the shore did join in to defend him, and the video shows at least one Black man dive into the water from the riverboat.

“Get up there, young buck!” yelled another voice on the video.

By the time the swimmer climbed up onto the dock, about a minute into the video, most of the altercation appeared to be over in Moon's video.

A separate video posted by Lauryn Lauren shows scenes after that, as the Harriott II was preparing to dock. A group of people approached the pontoon boat, and more fighting broke out. At least one person fell into the water from the dock. Authorities were soon on the scene and police began taking people into custody .

Authorities have not released the names of the detained suspects. Charges against anyone involved in the fight are pending, MPD said.

Montgomery Advertiser reporter Shannon Heupel can be contacted at   [email protected]

Alabama riverfront melee: 5th suspect turns himself in, police say

The alleged assault on a ferry co-captain led to a brawl at Riverfront Park.

Police say a fifth suspect in the Riverfront Park melee turned himself in on Friday, nearly a week after the large physical altercation in Montgomery, Alabama.

Charges were originally filed against three white boaters who allegedly assaulted a Black ferry co-captain on Saturday. Two more people have since been charged in connection with the incident.

The latest -- 42-year-old Reggie Ray -- turned himself in to police on Friday and was charged with disorderly conduct, police said. He is currently housed in the municipal jail.

An attorney for Ray, who is Black, told ABC News his client was "involuntarily roped into the disorderly conduct initiated by a violent white mob."

"Mr. Ray will continue to participate with the ongoing investigation concerning the same and is committed to be forthcoming about his limited role in the brawl," the attorney, Lee Merritt, said in a statement.

PHOTO: Several people were arrested on Aug. 5, 2023 after a massive brawl between white boaters and a Black dock employee at Riverfront Park in Montgomery, Alabama.

Ray's arrest follows that of 21-year-old Mary Todd, who was booked and charged with one count of assault in the third degree on Thursday, according to the Montgomery Police Department.

Two other suspects turned themselves in to Montgomery Police Department on Wednesday, the department said. Allen Todd, 23, and Zachery Shipman, 25, are each being charged with one count of assault in the third degree, which is a misdemeanor, police said.

Another suspect, Richard Roberts, a 48-year-old white male, was first to turn himself in on Tuesday after charges were filed, police told ABC News. Roberts was charged with two counts of third-degree assault.

Montgomery Police Department Chief Darryl Albert identified the victim as Harriet II co-captain Dameion Pickett, a Black male. He also mentioned an unnamed 16-year-old white male who was allegedly struck by the owners and operators of a private boat that was blocking the riverboat from docking.

According to videos captured by bystanders and obtained by ABC News, the fight appeared to begin after a white man punched Pickett. Several other white individuals joined the altercation, which seemed to set off a brawl between those individuals, Pickett and bystanders. Other videos captured by onlookers show that bystanders joined the brawl in an apparent attempt to defend the co-captain, with one man seen swimming to the dock from a riverboat.

Albert also said that police are seeking further interviews with a man who was allegedly seen in bystander videos wielding a folding chair.

MORE: Arrest warrants issued after boaters attack dock employee at Montgomery riverbank

Asked if there's any evidence of a hate crime, Albert said that police "looked at every avenue" and left "no stone unturned," but "were unable to present any insight in a riot or racial racially biased charges at this time."

The charges came after police issued four arrest warrants related to the incident and told ABC News in a statement on Monday that additional arrests could come as police continue to review video evidence of the incident.

Police said officers responded to a disturbance at Riverfront Park around 7 p.m. Saturday, where they found a large group of people engaged in a physical altercation and several were detained at the scene.

PHOTO: Several people were arrested on Aug. 5, 2023 after a massive brawl between white boaters and a Black dock employee at Riverfront Park in Montgomery, Alabama.

According to a witness who captured video of the incident, the assault and subsequent brawl came amid a reported dispute over a pontoon boat that was blocking a space of a riverboat.

The witness, Christa Owen, told ABC News Monday that she was on a dinner cruise on the riverboat with her 12-year-old daughter when the incident occurred. She said that after the owners of the pontoon boat were asked multiple times to move the boat they "refused," so a crew member got off the boat and tried to move the pontoon boat himself.

"The black pontoon boat parked where the ferry parks. They wouldn't move when we were trying to pull in. It seems what these guys wanted trumped what a couple hundred people on a stranded ferry needed," Owen said, adding that prior to the brawl, the people on her boat repeatedly asked the people on the pontoon boat to move.

She added, "They just looked at us, decided not to [move the pontoon boat], shrugged their shoulders and left. That's when a crewman disembarked onto a small boat to the dock to do it."

Owen said a couple of hundred people were "stranded on water" until the pontoon boat was moved.

ABC News' Ben Stein, Kerem Inal and Armando Garcia contributed to this report.

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Alabama boat fight: Wild new footage emerges from brawl between Harriot II Riverboat crew and white pleasure craft owners

  • New footage shows how the viral Alabama riverboat clash started over a boat owner refusing to let the passenger vessel dock
  • A worker from the Harriott II Riverboat had to make his way to the dock to untie the boat when a full scale riot broke out in Montgomery, Alabama 
  • The fight is under investigation by local police as they comb through multiple videos provided by the public, with the Mayor saying people will face justice

By Joe Hutchison For Dailymail.Com

Published: 02:08 EDT, 7 August 2023 | Updated: 03:30 EDT, 7 August 2023

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Wild new footage has shed light on the mass brawl between black cruise staff and white pleasure craft owners on an Alabama dock, with a man heard on loudspeaker saying 'don't f**k with the riverboat crew.' 

The large group of people had been returning to the dock after spending time on the Harriott II Riverboat in Montgomery, Alabama. 

After making it back however, the space reserved for them had been taken over by a boat owner who parked his vessel and left it. 

The riverboat sent a staff member to the dock to untie the smaller vessel so those onboard could return to land, when the fight ensues. 

After the riverboat crew made it back to the dock, the fighting continued which resulted in one woman being thrown into the water

After the riverboat crew made it back to the dock, the fighting continued which resulted in one woman being thrown into the water

Police moved in and made arrests on the scene, with the Mayor of Montgomery saying those responsible will be held accountable

Police moved in and made arrests on the scene, with the Mayor of Montgomery saying those responsible will be held accountable

The riverboat 'hero' - who was the first to try and get the pontoon boat owners to move - was later spotted celebrating  as his opponent was led away by cops

The riverboat 'hero' - who was the first to try and get the pontoon boat owners to move - was later spotted celebrating as his opponent was led away by cops

In the new video, a woman on the riverboat narrates what has happened prior to the camera rolling. 

'The man in white is crew from our cruise who got off our ship to go over there to move that black pontoon boat because those guys who parked there were told not to leave it there,' she says.

'He's just pushing it off, that is funny. Taking matters into his own hands.'

In the background, those onboard the riverboat can be heard encouraging the worker and after the pontoon boat owner arrives starting shouting for him to 'kick his a**'.

On the dock, a group of men are seen crowding round the black dock worker who is being cheered on by those aboard the riverboat. 

Those onboard the riverboat then hilariously break out into the Ludacris song 'Move B**ch', singing 'move b**ch, get out the way' on repeat. 

The worker and the pontoon owner continue to go back and forth before the worker is pushed by one man. 

In a flamboyant gesture, the black man flings off his cap into a watching crowd above.

Chaotic video taken from on board the Harriott II shows brawlers throwing punches on the pontoon below

Chaotic video taken from on board the Harriott II shows brawlers throwing punches on the pontoon below 

The boat worker had to make it back to land after another boat, pictured here, had taken their space at the dock

The boat worker had to make it back to land after another boat, pictured here, had taken their space at the dock

Despite police now being on the scene, workers from the riverboat and those onboard the private boat continued to battle it out

Despite police now being on the scene, workers from the riverboat and those onboard the private boat continued to battle it out 

Scenes quickly turn sour as the  pair exchange blows before another white man in red shorts tackles the black man to the floor, before several others join the fray.

Some appear to be trying to break up the fight, while others also throw punches.

Those onboard the riverboat scream in horror as the man is frequently punched before others step in to help. 

One man is even seen swimming across from the other side of the river to join the fracas. 

In separate footage, a group of men and workers from the riverboat then reach the dock and a full scale brawl breaks out. 

At one point, a white woman is thrown into the water with her assailant egged on by those filming the fight. 

Another woman is also hit over the head with a chair while two men exchange punches to the head, before one gouges the other’s eye.   

A baying crowd expresses a mixture of horror and delight at the disturbing scenes unfolding in front of them.

Another POV of the brawl that took place at Riverfront Park in Montgomery, Alabama. pic.twitter.com/ekclNaSRoo — BoreCure (@CureBore) August 6, 2023

The hat-flinging invites a punch to the head from the shirtless man, sparking ugly scenes

The hat-flinging invites a punch to the head from the shirtless man, sparking ugly scenes

A man in red shorts charges into the action and tackles the black man to the floor as others join

A man in red shorts charges into the action and tackles the black man to the floor as others join

A man can be seen here shying away from the worker who had tied off the boat

The altercation is under investigation by local police as they comb through multiple videos provided by the public

The action unfolds in front of startled passengers sitting on a riverboat moored on the river

One man can be seen smashing another man over the head with a chair as he tries to escape

The same man is later seen smashing a woman the head with a chair as she sits on the floor

The same man is later seen smashing a woman the head with a chair as she sits on the floor

In another angle of the brawl, the announcer onboard the riverboat can be heard saying: 'Please check the guys in the water, two guys are in the water behind the dock. Make sure nobody drowns.

He then hilariously quips: 'FYI, in the future don't f**k with the riverboat crew.'

Photos shared on social media appear to show a group of white men sitting on the boardwalk in handcuffs after the riot, with others being led away from the scene by officers.

The altercation is under investigation by local police as they comb through multiple videos provided by the public, as well as the City of Montgomery’s video surveillance.

Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed said: 'The Montgomery Police Department acted swiftly to detain several reckless individuals for attacking a man who was doing his job.

'Warrants are being signed and justice will be served. This was an unfortunate incident which never should have occurred.

The worker who had first been assaulted by the group of men is seen here being led away by several woman, who appear to have also been working on the boat having

The worker who had first been assaulted by the group of men is seen here being led away by several woman, who appear to have also been working on the boat having 

The worker had been onboard the Harriot II Riverboat in Montgomery, Alabama, when he decided to untie a boat blocking them from docking

The worker had been onboard the Harriot II Riverboat in Montgomery, Alabama, when he decided to untie a boat blocking them from docking

Pictures shared on social media from after the fight show a woman with her hands behind her back being led away from the Alabama riverfront by a cop

Pictures shared on social media from after the fight show a woman with her hands behind her back being led away from the Alabama riverfront by a cop

Pictures shared on social media from after the fight show men and women on the boardwalk in handcuffs

Pictures shared on social media from after the fight show men and women on the boardwalk in handcuffs. Montgomery police said multiple arrests have been made

'As our police department investigates these intolerable actions, we should not become desensitized to violence of any kind in our community. 

'Those who choose violent actions will be held accountable by our criminal justice system.'

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Unique Things to do in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

There are so many amazing and unique things to do in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama!

Unique Things to do in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

There are quite a few fun attractions and unique adventures to be had along the Gulf Coast of Alabama.

Since moving to Gulf Shores this past year, we realized there were so many epic things to do even after visiting for years.

Adults and kids will find plenty of things to do while visiting the area on a beach vacation.

You can't go wrong spending time savoring the white sand beaches the Gulf Coast is known for.

These unique things to do are the perfect addition to a beach vacation. Don't worry you can still enjoy bumper boats, go-karts, fresh seafood, water parks, laser tag, and more!

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

One of our favorite unique things to do in Gulf Shores is the animal encounters at the Gulf Coast Zoo. You can meet a sloth, lemurs, and kangaroos!

You can also feed a giraffe and pet them! Who knew giraffes were so soft? I certainly didn't before visiting the zoo.

They have a great petting zoo with deer, goats, and donkeys.

Banana Boat Ride

Looking to get out on the water in a unique way? Why not book a banana boat ride

How often do you get to say you rode a banana in the Gulf of Mexico?

Book your Banana Boat Ride HERE 

Tiki Sunset Cruise

Explore the coastal waters of Alabama on a Tiki Boat! You can book a daytime or sunset cruise on a unique tiki boat.

This is a boat cruise that is defiantly a unique adventure while on a gulf coast vacation.

Book a Tiki Cruise HERE 

Dolphin and Sunset Cruises

While taking a dolphin or sunset cruise may not be unique to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach they are pretty unique if you live in a land locked state.

Moving from Spokane, Washington to Gulf Shores we decided that we need to take dolphin cruises as often as we can. There is just something magical about watching dolphins play in the water near you.

We have seen Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins on every dolphin cruise so far in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

Book a Dolphin Cruise HERE 

Slingshot Rental

Cruise the streets in style in a Polaris Slingshot! Drive around Orange Beach in a three wheeled showstopper that is sure to grab attention.

I know we always comment when we see them cruising down the road. Let the wind flow through your hair as you cruise.

Book a Polaris Slingshot Rental HERE

Backcountry Trails of Gulf State Park

Gulf State Park is amazing and offers locals and visitors the opportunity to explore different ecosystems. One unique thing to do is the free bike program.

You can borrow a bike for up to three hours for free to explore the amazing bike trail system. It is one of our favorite free things to do in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach .

You can also hike tons of hiking trails and look for lefty the gator who is a local unique wildlife star.

The Wharf Ferris Wheel

The Ferris Wheel at the Wharf is a great way to see stunning views of the Gulf Coast.

If you visit in the evening you can enjoy the Spectra Laser Light Show at the same time!

The Wharf Ferris Wheel is 112 feet tall with 24 gondolas that can hold a total of 140 people at a time. It is one of the tallest Ferris Wheels in the Southeast.

Parasailing

If you are looking for a unique view of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach why not try parasailing?

You will have a birds eye view of the beach, dolphins, and so much more.

Book your Parasailing Trip HERE 

Jet Ski Rentals

For fun on the water you can take a Jet Ski Tour or rent Jet Skis to hit the backcountry waters of Wolf Bay and the Gulf Coast.

You can see dolphins and wildlife while taking an adventurous ride on the water!

Book your Jet Ski Rentals HERE

Book your Jet Ski Tours HERE 

Pontoon Boat Rental

Renting a pontoon boat with a waterslide is on our must do list now that we live in Gulf Shores.

I can't wait to take friends and family out on a pontoon boat with a slide on a warm day. You will definitely hear me squeal with joy as I slide into the Gulf waters.

Book your Pontoon Boat Rental HERE 

Clear Kayak Tour

Enjoy a sunset tour or crab grab tour in a clear kayak with light up lights. On the Crab Grab Tour you get to experience Bird Island.

During the sunset tour you can watch the sun go down while seeing all of the fish below you.

Book your Kayak Tour HERE

Bushwacker Restaurant Tour

This tour is unique to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach and offers you the opportunity to learn more about the World Famous Bushwacker cocktail and of course try them.

A tour guide will take you to multiple locations to try this signature drink and local food specials.

Book your Bushwacker Tour HERE 

Orange Beach Selfie Museum

Cool Shots Selfie Museum at The Wharf is fun for the entire family. There are over 30 selfie scenes available!

They also have the SPLAT paint splatter room which gives you the opportunity to create your own unique art in a blacklight room with blacklight paint.

Grab your tickets to the Orange Beach Selfie Museum  HERE

Address  - 4700B Main St Suite N-207, Orange Beach, AL 36561

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

Bon Secour NWR has amazing trails, a great sea turtle program, and hiking trails to get out and explore.

The wildlife refuge includes 7,000 acres of coastal lands ranging from sand dunes to rolling pine-oak forest.

Trails are open year-round during daylight hours.

Pirate Ship Dolphin Cruises

Have you ever ridden on a pirate ship looking for dolphins? This swashbuckling pirate adventure includes cruising the seas, acting like pirates, and learning pirate lingo.

You can even have a pirate wedding aboard the American Star pirate ship.

Big Beach Brewing Company

Enjoy a locally brewed beer at this Gulf Shores Brewery. They have live music and fun year-round.

Alabama's southernmost brewery offers an open-air taproom with comfortable seating. They have 12 taps of craft beer along with serving Pensacola made Big Jerk Soda for non-drinkers.

You can bring food with you or have it delivered while enjoying a locally made microbrew.

Blow glass at the Hot Shop at the Coastal Art Center

The Coastal Art Center in Orange Beach has amazing art classes including blowing glass! Step into the art studio to learn more about the hot shop, pottery and painting.

There is no admission fee to visit the art center but they do charge for classes.

Gulf State Park Pier

Currently closed until Summer 2024 for repairs.

The Gulf State Park piers offers the opportunity fish, look for turtles, sharks, and other marine life, and learn more about the local ecology.

Historic Fort Morgan

Fort Morgan is a National Historic Landmark that has stood as the guardian of Mobile Bay since 1834.

Today visitors can explore the Battle of Mobile Bay, and learn about how the fortification was built with more than 46 million cubic yards of bricks.

The historic site is a great place to learn more about history. You can take the Mobile Bay Ferry nearby to Dauphin Island.

Fort Morgan is at the western end of Hwy 180, 22 miles west of Hwy 59 in Gulf Shores.

Take a flamingo or rubber ducky paddle boat ride

Did you know you can take a flamingo, swan, or rubber ducky paddle boat ride at High Tide in Gulf Shores ?

Guests must be older than 5 years old to ride in the pedal boats. Each participant needs to wear a life jacket.

No drinks are allowed on the boats. There is a circular path that you follow with the pedal boats.

Oh and they have daiquiri and mimosa flights for after your flamingo adventure.

Take a picture in a sharks mouth

At Souvenir City   in Gulf Shores you can take a picture in the mouth of the shark entrance or with the pirate ship back door before shopping for great Gulf Coast gifts.

Unique things to do near Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

There are a ton of fun unique things to do near Gulf Shore and Orange Beach ! A short drive will provide tons of entertainment and fun!

Lady in the Lake (Elberta)

It is a little bit of a drive from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach to reach Barber Marina but it so worth it!

If you are looking for fun day trip adventure this is one of our favorites. The Lady in the Lake is an amazing sculpture located in the waters next to Barber Marina.

Bamahenge (Elberta)

Located in the same area as the Lady in the Lake is a replica Stonehenge called Bamahenge! A short walk down a trail from the parking lot is a great photo opportunity!

Dinosaurs in the Woods (Elberta)

There are dinosaurs in the woods near Barber Marina! Most of the dinosaurs can be seen along a dirt road off of the main road but a couple of them involve taking short walks.

This is one of our favorite fun photo spots in town.

Foley Railroad Museum and Model Train Exhibit

The Foley Railroad Museum and Model Train Exhibit is free fun for the entire family! There are full size train cars that can be explored, a model train exhibit that has to be seen, and a small train that gives rides through the park.

Holmes Medical Museum (Foley)

Holmes Medical Museum in Foley, Alabama tells the story of Baldwin County's first hospital from 1936 to 1958. Step back in time and learn about early 20th century medical equipment and life 75 years ago.

Check out all of the fun things to do in Foley, Alabama .

Alligator Alley

Alligator Alley is a swamp sanctuary that has an elevated viewing platform so you can see some of the over 600 alligators in residence.

The nature walk is also a great area to see Osprey, Owls, Turtles, and other native wildlife.

Feeling adventurous? You can hold a gator and make a new friend in the air-conditioned gator station.

This is a great opportunity to learn about alligators in their natural habitat.

Address  - 19950 Hwy. 71 Summerdale, Alabama 36580

Restaurants and Attractions nearby

LuLu’s Gulf Shores - This is one of our favorite local restaurants offering great food and fun!

Pink Pony Pub  - You can't miss this hot pink beach bar

Wade Ward Nature Walk  - Enjoy a great boardwalk over wetlands with amazing bird watching right around the corner from De Soto's.

Sunliner Diner  - Step back in time and enjoy this 1950s retro diner!

Gulf Place Public Beach  - Check out the world famous white sands of Gulf Shores at our favorite public beach.

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Breakfast restaurants in Orange Beach   - The best places to grab breakfast and/or brunch.

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Is a new bromance brewing?

Tom Cruise bonded with Travis Kelce at Taylor Swift’s London Eras Tour after the actor skipped his daughter Suri Cruise’s high school graduation.

According to videos shared online , the Kansas City Chiefs star, 34, put his hands on the “Mission Impossible” actor’s shoulders as they laughed and smiled at each other during the pop star’s performance of “Blank Space” Saturday night inside Wembley Stadium.

Travis Kelce and Tom Cruise at a concert.

In another clip , Tom, 61, danced along to Swift’s “Shake It Off” while standing in a VIP section with several other stars , including “Barbie” director Greta Gerwig, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher and Hugh Grant.

Prior to the show starting, the “Top Gun: Maverick” actor, who rocked dark wash jeans, a white T-shirt and a black jacket, was seen trading friendship bracelets with fans.

Though Tom seemed to be having the time of his life in the capital of England, he missed a major moment in his estranged daughter Suri’s life.

Taylor Swift performing.

On Friday, the 18-year-old, whom Tom shares with ex-wife Katie Holmes,  graduated from LaGuardia High School in New York City.

Suri looked thrilled as she posed with the “Dawson’s Creek” alum, 45, for photos before heading into the United Palace Theatre in Manhattan.

The mother-daughter duo smiled and hugged as they celebrated Suri’s big milestone.

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The teen, who has been estranged from Tom for years , even dropped her dad’s famous last name, instead using “Suri Noelle” in the graduation pamphlet.

Suri will be attending Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh in the fall.

A source exclusively told Page Six in April that the action movie star  has not seen Suri since 2012 . (They were last seen together at Disney World that summer.)

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.

“Katie has safeguarded Suri and she’s a devoted mom,” an insider told us. “This is a girl who is a private citizen. She hasn’t lived her life in public.”

Holmes, who filed for divorce from Tom when Suri was only 6 years old in June 2012, revealed in November 2013 court docs that she left the “Jerry Maguire” star “to protect Suri  from Scientology ,” a religion that is often referred to as a cult.

“Suri is not a Scientologist and never will be … she deserves love and sympathy,” former Scientology spokesperson Mike Rinder told Page Six.

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China Coast Guard accused of behaving ‘like pirates’ in South China Sea

Philippines says coastguard personnel armed with knives and spears boarded their ships in Second Thomas Shoal confrontation.

Chinese vessels surrounding a Philippines resupply mission in the South China Sea. There are mutiple Coast Guard personnel. One appears to have an axe.

The Philippines has accused the China Coast Guard of acting “like pirates”, saying personnel armed with knives and spears boarded their resupply vessels at Second Thomas Shoal in the latest confrontation in the disputed South China Sea.

Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces General Romeo Brawner said the incident took place on June 17 as Filipino soldiers attempted to resupply sailors stationed on the Sierra Madre, which Manila grounded on the reef in 1999.

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“The Chinese Coast Guard personnel had bladed weapons and our personnel fought with bare hands,” he wrote in a statement on Facebook on Wednesday. “We were outnumbered and their weapons were unexpected but our personnel fought with everything that they had.”

The Philippines said one of their sailors was badly injured, and the boats were damaged.

Brawner said the coastguard had acted like pirates.

“Only pirates do this,” he said. “Only pirates board, steal, and destroy ships, equipment, and belongings.”

The situation at Second Thomas Shoal, which lies within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ)  about 195km (121 miles) from the western Philippine island of Palawan, has become increasingly fraught in recent months with China attempting to disrupt the Philippines’ regular missions to the Sierra Madre.

Beijing denied its personnel acted inappropriately.

“The law enforcement action taken by China Coast Guard on the scene was professional and restrained,” Spokesman Lin Jian said at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ regular news conference on Wednesday, saying they were trying to stop a resupply mission that was “illegal”.

CSAFP: ‘OUR TROOPS FOUGHT BACK’ General Romeo Brawner Jr, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said that soldiers conducting a rotation and resupply mission at the BRP Sierra Madre (LS57) at Ayungin Shoal on June 17 fought back with “everything that they had.” pic.twitter.com/fu6Ep4CPjp — Armed Forces of the Philippines (@TeamAFP) June 19, 2024

Lin accused the Philippines of sending construction material and “even weapons and ammunition” to the rusting ship.

“China urges the Philippines to stop its infringement and provocation at once,” Lin said.

China claims almost the entire South China Sea under its so-called nine-dash line and has continued to build artificial islands and military outposts on outcrops and reefs despite an international tribunal ruling its claim to have “ no legal basis ” in 2016.

Beijing has backed up its claims with ships from its coastguard, maritime militia and fishing fleets, and on Saturday, it began enforcing a 2021 law that China says allows its coastguard to use lethal force against foreign ships in waters that it claims, and to detain alleged foreign “trespassers” without trial.

The Global Times, a Chinese state-run tabloid, on Wednesday published photos that it said showed the China Coast Guard’s “interception, boarding, inspection and expelling of Philippine vessels” at Second Thomas Shoal in a manoeuvre that appeared to involve four boats.

One picture, taken from the air, showed three Chinese vessels – two of them black-hulled inflatables – chasing down a Philippine boat, which appeared to be sandwiched between a coastguard ship and one of the inflatables.

Philippine military chief General Romeo Brawner pins a medal on sailor who was taken to hospital after a confrontation with the Chinese Coast Guard. The sailor is lying on a hospital bed in a sky blue hospital pyjamas. His right hand and wrist is bandaged.

The Philippines military, meanwhile, shared its own video of the incident. It appeared to show two Chinese vessels approaching a smaller Philippine ship from either side. A third Chinese boat was visible close behind with Chinese coastguard personnel in orange life jackets then boarding the encircled vessel. One appeared to be carrying an axe.

The Philippines’ Foreign Ministry condemned China’s “illegal and aggressive” behaviour in the latest incident, noting in a statement efforts were being made “to rebuild a conducive environment for dialogue and consultation with China on the South China Sea”.

It said no progress would be made if “China’s words do not match their actions on the waters” and urged Beijing to “act sincerely and responsibly”.

The ministry urged China to respect international law and the 2016 ruling, in particular, which Manila filed after Beijing seized Scarborough Shoal following a months-long standoff.

Under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), each country has an EEZ extending 200 nautical miles (around 370km) from their coast over which it has sovereign rights.

Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam also claim parts of the South China Sea.

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