Leaders speak out after altercation in downtown Montgomery goes viral

Leaders speak out after altercation in downtown Montgomery goes viral

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery Police say they are investigating after an altercation in the entertainment district downtown went viral on social media.

Officers responded to the 100 block of Commerce Street, near the Mellow Mushroom and Wet Willies, just before 1:30 a.m. Saturday. When officers arrived at the scene the crowd dispersed, Earnhardt says. An investigation indicates that several individuals were involved but no injuries were reported, no property was damaged and it appears to have been an isolated incident.

Earnhardt says significant attention was generated when the incident was shared live on Facebook.

According to Pastor and community leader KK Middleton, about six to eight young males were involved in the fist fight which resulted in a brawl. Furniture from outside the establishment could be seen being thrown in the video.

On Sunday, Middleton, several other community members and Montgomery Police Department officials held a news conference speaking out about the altercation. The theme of their public outcry, "Get right, or get gone."

"We cannot continue to expect law enforcement to do everything. Where there's no peace, there's no prosperity," Middleton, said. "We're speaking out against chaos, foolishness, immaturity, we're speaking out against it- violence."

Community leaders say it's time for them to step in and force change.

"We're letting you know, we're not gonna co-sign it, we're not gonna turn a blind eye, we're not gonna turn the other cheek, we're gonna do everything necessary to make sure it is prevented." Middleton continued.

Middleton says the group wants the city to be remembered for positive things instead of violence.

"We want people to remember Montgomery Alabama as a place where brilliant people dwell. A place where people who are concerned and proactive and innovative, where they dwell, and not be known for violence especially where it can be avoided."

With the approach of summer, MPD is increasing police presence in the River District, Earnhardt says. They are also working with downtown merchants and businesses to assure a safe and enjoyable environment for residents and visitors. MPD encourages everyone to promptly report incident before they escalate.

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