The co-captain of Montgomery's Harriott II, involved in the viral Montgomery's Riverfront Park brawl in August, has been charged with assault.
According to WAKA 8, Dameion Pickett was charged with third-degree assault. Zachary Shipman is listed as the complainant in the case. Shipman is one of the people who was charged soon after the fight.
Pickett's arraignment is set for November 21.
Pickett told ABC's "Good Morning America" in September that he was "just doing my job" and was "just in shock" when he was attacked during the melee.
"I didn't expect this to happen at work today," Pickett told "Good Morning America." "I was just expecting another peaceful, nice cruise."
Videos showed that he was confronted and punched by a man soon after moving a boat. Others who attacked Pickett were later identified by police as a boat owner and his family. Pickett said that after he was assaulted, he had to defend himself, according to ABC.
"This man just put his hand on me. I was, like … it's my job, but I'm still defending myself at the same time. So when he touched me, I was, like, 'It's on,'" Pickett told the outlet.
Two suspects in the brawl pleaded guilty in October.
Update: Montgomery officials issued a statement Thursday clarifying that the co-captain of Montgomery’s Harriott II has not been formally charged with assault related to a brawl in Montgomery’s Riverfront Park that got national media coverage in August.
Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed and Montgomery Chief of Police Darryl Albert said in a joint statement on Thursday, “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 Harriet 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,” the statement continued.
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