Friday, November 25, 2011


Black Friday 2011 police brutality@ Walmart in AZ
Dchadd shot this dramatic video of a bloody arrest during Black Friday shopping at a Walmart in Buckeye, Arizona. 'The man was not resisting,' he says. 'All of a sudden the cop hooked the leg of the man and grabbed the man by the shirt and slammed him face first into the ground. ... The worst part was seeing his grandson in tears when he saw his grandfather unconscious on the floor with blood all over.'
- jmsaba, CNN iReport producer
iReport — Man put two games under his shirt because his grandson got knocked
down in the rush and he needed his hands to help his grandson. A cop
saw and immediately arrested him for shoplifting. The man did not try or pass the registers. Not even close. The man was cooperating while the cop was putting on the handcuffs. The cop out of no where tripped the man and bashed his head nose first into the ground knocking him out and there is blood everywhere. The cop did not know how to care for the man so someone that was there shopping had to help get blood out the mans airways.

The start of the US holiday shopping season was marred by shootings and pepper-sprayings as bargain-hunters stampeded stores.

The violence gave a whole new meaning to Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when many retailers move out of the red and into the black.
The incidents, including at least two robberies, mostly took place at branches of the store chain Walmart.
Half of the entire US population is expected to hit the shops this weekend.
Many stores had crowds rushing in as they opened at midnight - several hours earlier than they usually do - on the busiest shopping day of the year.
The openings were mostly peaceful, but there were ugly scenes in some places as crowds competed for goods.
One of the most dramatic incidents happened in a Walmart store in Los Angeles, where police are using CCTV footage to hunt for a woman who used pepper spray on crowds competing for Xbox 360s.
"They [staff] were opening a package to try to get some Xboxes from a crate and this lady pepper-sprayed a whole bunch of people in order to gain an advantage over the Xboxes," a local police sergeant said.
In the most violent incident, a man is in a stable but critical condition in hospital after being shot in the early hours as he left a Walmart with a group of people in San Leandro, California, when they resisted two armed robbers who demanded their purchases
  • A man was reportedly detained for resisting arrest after a fight at the jewellery counter in the early hours at a Walmart in Kissimmee, Florida
  • Police are looking for two suspects after gunfire erupted early on Friday at a shopping centre in Fayetteville, North Carolina; there were no reports of injuries
  • Security workers reportedly used pepper spray on shoppers who began grabbing at goods before they were unloaded from pallets at a Walmart in Kinston, North Carolina
  • A woman was shot in the foot by a robber as she loaded her purchases into her car in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; the gunman fled as one of the victim's companions brandished a revolver and fired warning shots
Bargain-hunters were lured by an array of so-called "door-buster" deals of up to 70% off on big-screen televisions, video games and toys.
Analysts said that with the best deals focussed on must-have electronic items, demand - and competition - was strong and tensions were to be expected.
"The more the people, the more the occurrences," Marshal Cohen of market research firm The NPD Group told the Associated Press.
Occupy Black FridayOccupy Wall Street protesters try to put people off shopping at Macy's in New York as it opens on 25 November 2011

Occupy Wall Street protesters called for a boycott of Macy's

Target, Best Buy and Macy's were among the stores that opened at midnight, while Gap and Toys R Us opened on Thanksgiving itself.
Protests were planned in a number of cities urging people to boycott national chains on Black Friday.
Several Occupy activists demonstrated outside New York's flagship Macy's, but they could not put off more than 9,000 people who had queued for the store's midnight opening.
Nelson Sepulveda, a New York building superintendent, was the first in line at a Manhattan Best Buy store having queued for 28 hours before it opened.
He wanted to get his hands on a 42-in LCD television for $200 (£130) and other items, Reuters news agency reported.
For the past six years, a combination of increasingly early opening times and enticing deals have helped make the day after Thanksgiving the biggest shopping day in the US.
About 152 million people were expected to visit stores in search of bargains this weekend - up 10% from last year - according to the National Retail Federation (NRF).
But despite the large crowds, some expert observers said there was no indication spending levels were particularly high, noting that teenagers made up much of the crowd at the huge Mall of America complex in Minneapolis.

Crowds thronged the Thanksgiving parade in New York on Thursday
Consumer spending accounts for about 70% of US economic activity, so economists will be watching the retail bonanza closely.
Between 25-40% of annual US retail sales take place during November and December.
Analysts say a powerful start to the shopping season could cheer employment prospects in the retail sector, which supports about a quarter of all jobs in the US.
Retail hiring for the season has still not yet rebounded to its 2005 pre-recession peak of 642,000 workers, according to the NRF.

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