Reggie Ray, the man with the folding chair from Alabama brawl, pictured after handing himself in

Reggie Ray, the man with the folding chair from Alabama brawl, pictured after handing himself in
Alabama riverboat brawl: Montgomery Police Chief lists the names of suspects and …

Since footage of the wild Alabama brawl swept social media, the 'folded chair' has become the centre of attention.

And now, the man who handled the famed chair Reggie Ray has handed himself in after police urged him to “contact local law enforcement,” as “there’s more interviews to conduct with him.”

Gray is now being held in Municipal Jail with local police chief describing the 42-year-old as the man "wielding that folding chair."

For those unaware, a fight broke out on August 5 near Montgomery Riverfront Park, after two white men started arguing with a Black dock worker. Things soon escalated before more people jumped in to seemingly defend the man. Four people have since been arrested, and "there’s a possibility more will follow after the review of additional video," the police told The Independent.

People were thrown into the water and a folded chair was hit over someone's head.

The footage prompted X users (formerly known as Twitter) to do what they do best: Memeify it, with the 'inventor' of the folding chair being the centre of memes across social media.

Sign up for our free Indy100 weekly newsletter

Montgomery Police Department

Reggie Ray, hailed The Chair Warrior online by many, was been asked to contact the police department for questioning after 21-year-old Mary Todd, Richard Roberts, 48, Zachery Shipman, 25, and Allen Todd all handing themselves in following the mass brawl.

After police asked Ray to come forward the responses soon came rolling in, with one writing: "Reggie Ray needs our support & hopefully a GoFundMe gets started for good representation."

Another urged people to "leave the chair man alone."

The Montgomery Police Department said they "acted swiftly to detain several reckless individuals for attacking a man who was doing his job," and that "Warrants have been signed and justice will be served."

Reed continued: "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."

Have your say in our news democracy. Click the upvote icon at the top of the page to help raise this article through the indy100 rankings.

The Conversation (0)