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Officers with the Montgomery Police Department responded to calls regarding a disturbance around 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Montgomery Riverfront in Alabama. Videos show a physical altercation erupts when a shirtless man punches a man who appears to be in a uniform. Another shirtless man runs up from behind and attacks the uniformed man – knocking him to the ground. A third shirtless man runs up to the altercation, and all three of the attackers are seen pummeling the uniformed man on the dock.
Onlookers from the higher portion of the dock run down to help the man being thrashed. Another person is seen on video swimming over to the dock.
The shirtless assailants retreat to a pontoon boat parked at the dock. A group of men confront the people on the boat, and punches are thrown.
At this time, a full-blown brawl erupted on the dock with approximately 10 people fighting. During the melee, combatants were throwing haymakers and sucker punches at one another. Viral video shows a woman being thrown into the water as a riverboat approaches. A man was hit over the head with a chair.
Finally, security and police are able to stop the brouhaha. Several people were taken into custody by the police.
The Montgomery Police Department said "several subjects had been detained and charges are pending."
Alabama.com reported, "Late Sunday, police released a brief follow-up statement. It said that four warrants were active and 'there’s a possibility more will follow after the review of additional video.' No further update was planned until Monday afternoon."
Police have yet to release the names of the detained suspects or possible charges.
The brawl allegedly started because the pontoon boat was parked in a spot reserved for a riverboat.
According to the Montgomery Advertiser, "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."
Montgomery Mayor Steven L. Reed issued a statement on the brawl:
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. 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.
(WARNING: Graphic video)
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Paul Sacca is a staff writer for Blaze News.