Montgomery officials issued a statement Thursday clarifying that the co-captain of Montgomery’s Harriott II has not been formally charged with assault by police related to a brawl in Montgomery’s Riverfront Park.
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.
Pickett told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in September that he was “just doing [his] job” and was “in shock” when he was attacked during the viral fight.
“I didn’t expect this to happen at work today,” Pickett told “Good Morning America.” “I was just expecting another peaceful, nice cruise.”
Videos show that he was confronted and punched by a man soon after moving a boat, and others attacked Pickett and 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.
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