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Man Who Went Viral For Folding Chair In Montgomery Brawl Avoids Jail Time

Man Who Went Viral For Folding Chair In Montgomery Brawl Avoids Jail Time

WBLS Staff
12/13/2023 02:53 PM EST

After using a folding chair in the middle of the viral Montgomery brawl over the summer, Reggie Bernard Ray will not face jail time.

According to Alabama.com, after Ray pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct Dec 11, Montgomery Municipal Judge Milton Westry gave him a 90-day suspended jail sentence. Additionally, he has to perform 50 hours of community service and pay $357 in court costs.

Ray’s case was the final case of six to be solved in court from that incident. The other five cases received penalties including 32 days in jail on weekends, public apologies, 12 months probation, and mandated anger management programs.

“Justice will be served,” said Montgomery Mayor Steven L. Reed. “The Montgomery Police Department acted swiftly to detain several reckless individuals for attacking a man who was doing his job.”

In August, a video surfaced on social media of what was perceived as a racially motivated brawl. It started out with several white men attacking a Black man and eventually othe Balck people joined in to protect him while other white people joined in to fight back. Ray stood out the most in the video as he picked up a white folding chair to use as a defense.