Almost $300k raised online for Black man with folding chair in Alabama brawl

Almost $300k raised online for Black man with folding chair in Alabama brawl
Over $200,000 has been received for Reggie Ray's legal expenses through a GoFundMe campaign. Reggie Ray is the Black man who was seen on tape brandishing a folding chair as a weapon during the riverboat riot in Montgomery, Alabama.

After turning himself in to Montgomery Police on Friday, Ray, 42, has received more than $250,000 in donations. According to Newsweek, he is accused of one misdemeanor offense of disorderly behavior.

In the historic altercation that took place in Montgomery, Alabama on August 5, Ray is accused of hitting individuals with a folding chair.

His arrest followed the detention and minor assault charges against Dameion Pickett, the Black co-captain of a riverboat on the waterfront, of four white boaters.

Early on Monday, the campaign had raised more than $260,000, according to Newsweek.

(Pictured Above: Reggie Ray)

According to a post on the page, "Funds raised here will be used to defray the cost of specific damages incurred by my clients and others involved in responding to the chaos at the riverfront." "These damages include, but are not limited to, medical bills, lost wages/earnings, professional services, travel, lodging, and expenses."

As previously mentioned, the altercation started on the Montgomery Riverfront when a group of white individuals denied a Black dock worker's request to relocate their pontoon boat from an area designated for the city's riverboat, which was transporting 227 passengers.

Damien Pickett, Kittrell's deckhand, and pontoon boaters are shown fighting in viral footage. Video captures Pickett attempting to push the pontoon boat a few feet to make place for the riverboat as he tries to negotiate with the inebriated party. A white man is seen rushing Pickett and striking him in the face in bystander footage.

Others join the attack and are said to have thrown racist epithets at the Pickett. Numerous Black spectators jumped to rescue Pickett right away, including a "heroic" young guy by the name of Aaren who swam across a river.

People on social media have demanded that Ray's charges be dropped.

The FBI found that what occurred on the riverside did not meet the criteria for a hate crime, according to the police, Newsweek writes. The first Black mayor of Montgomery, Steven Reed, stated that his "perspective as a Black man in Montgomery differs from my perspective as mayor".

"This kind of violence cannot go unpunished," he continued, "given what we've seen from the history of our city, a place related to both the suffering and the progress of this nation. It seems to fulfill the moral criteria of a crime driven by hate.

It poses a threat to the longevity of our democracy, and we appreciate the assistance of the community at large, partner groups, and members of law enforcement in making sure justice will be served.

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