News5 unforgettable moments from Montgomery's 'bloody Saturday'

5 unforgettable moments from Montgomery’s ‘bloody Saturday’

Man wears a T-shirt with a screenshot of the brawl that took place in Montgomery, Alabama on Aug. 5 (Image source: Facebook – Jermale Sullivan)
A fight on Aug. 5 in Montgomery, Alabama, has become the talk of the internet. According to on-site witnesses and social media users, a group of people docked a pontoon boat at the city’s riverfront. The pontoon was in the way of a ferry boat being able to dock, so a security guard told the group to move their boat. The group with the smaller boat refused and began engaging in a shouting match with the security guard. The arguing turned into pushing from members of the group, who were all White, against the one Black security guard.
Once the altercation turned physical, a couple of Black bystanders swooped in to help the security guard. One Black staff member jumped off the large riverboat and began swimming to the dock to protect the security himself. Once the larger riverboat finally docked, a group of Black men confronted the group of White men who attacked the Black security guard. The altercation ended up in multiple arrests of both the Black and White participants.“Last night, the Montgomery Police Department acted swiftly to detain several reckless individuals for attacking a man who was doing his job,” Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed said, in a statement. “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 violence will be held accountable by our criminal justice system.”

These white people jumped this black security guard at the Riverfront. The staff got off the boat and it turned into WWE Smackdown. I’m so proud of Montgomery 😭😂
— Housatlantavegas (@_dreadadon) August 6, 2023

Here are the five most memorable takeaways from the viral brawl.
Swimming hero is identified
The staff member who swam from the riverboat to the dock to defend the security guard has been identified as 16-year-old Aaren. His parents released a statement of gratitude.
“The outpouring of affection serves as a reminder that TOGETHER, we can create positive change and uplift one another,” his parents’ statement read.

Update: The swimmer is 16-year old Aaren. His parents released a press statement on Facebook. Please read!! & yes, BLACK PEOPLE CAN SWIM TOO 👏🏾👏🏾❤️
— Housatlantavegas (@_dreadadon) August 6, 2023

The chair memes
One of the stars of the video was the older Black gentleman who contributed to the fight by hauling a white folding chair around and striking bystanders with it.

Send this chair to the @NMAAHC right now:
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) August 7, 2023

Guns Down/ Chairs Up
— Mesh🇧🇧 (@rahsh33m) August 6, 2023

Og was war ready with that picnic chair
— Dub (@DubOnDaBeatz) August 6, 2023

OG in Montgomery wasn’t playing with that chair 😂😂
— @CordaleMuzik on all platforms (@CordaleMuzik) August 6, 2023

Ngl…. I had to put this sound over this chair shot 💀💀😭😭😭 #BlackTwitter #Montgomery #Alabama #chair #bang
— KF Greatness (@imkatajikfisher) August 7, 2023

I added the taco bell sound effect to the boat fight chair slam
— *long exasperated deep heavy negro spiritual sigh* (@jess_the__mess) August 7, 2023

Meanwhile, in Montgomery, Alabama….
— Joel OilSheen (@JoelOilsheen) August 6, 2023

Jermale’s shirt
Hours after the brawl went viral, Jermale Sullivan showed off his new T-shirt on Facebook.
The hat toss
Once the group began attacking the Black security guard, the guard threw his hat in the air.

The hat was the bat signal but they showed up like Wakanda …#AlabamaBrawl #Alabama
— |$nook 🌰| (@Mac_Million) August 7, 2023

How recruits be tossing them hats on commitment dates 😂😂😂
— Jiggy Hendrix (@Jigg_Ya_Digg) August 7, 2023

Black ppl after he threw the hat up like the bat signal
— likkle miss pulpy (@yagirltoomuch) August 6, 2023

Can’t remain anonymous
Following the brawl, Facebook users found the personal pages of some of the White attackers involved.

So apparently the yt folks that started the fight at the riverfront in Montgomery are owners of Vasser’s Mini Mart in my hometown of Selma, AL 👀
— Amari 🦋 (@amarihanifahh) August 6, 2023

Source: Rolling Out


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