Man accused of swinging folding chair in riverboat brawl has raised over $250K


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)
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A man involved in the riverboat brawl in Montgomery, Ala., is having his legal fees covered via a GoFundMe page.

After Reggie Ray, the Alabama man who authorities accuse of swinging a folding chair at several people during the brawl, was released from jail on Aug. 12, a GoFundMe was launched to help pay his expenses. The 42-year-old, who was charged with disorderly conduct, has now raised over $288,000.

The now infamous riverfront brawl was sparked when a group of white boaters refused to move their small boat from a docking spot.

When Dameion Pickett, the boat’s co-captain, attempted to speak with the boaters about moving their pontoon boat, he was attacked by several people. In response, several bystanders came to Pickett’s defense which resulted in an all-out brawl.

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