Shoppers pepper spraying other shoppers. Thugs waiting outside stores trying to steal items from successful shoppers shot one person. It gets pretty bleak out there sometimes on our National Shopping Day and it is a good thing that law enforcement was there to help control some of those situations. However, this next Black Friday story appears to have had an excess of law enforcement. It is pretty violent. It might be too much for kids especially. A reader sent me a link to the video and the article and the video is pretty rough. The story in this raw footage starts about :59 and goes to 3:25. According to the Pocono Record,
A grandfather who tried to protect his grandson from stampeding Black Friday shoppers was hospitalized after a scuffle with police at an Arizona Walmart.
The grandfather, identified as 54-year-old Jerald Newman, was with his grandson and wife looking at video games when overeager shoppers began tearing open boxes, trying to get to the games, witnesses said. A woman was allegedly punched during the fracas.
Newman’s grandson got caught in the violence, and was nearly trampled, witnesses said. That was when his grandfather allegedly put the game he was holding into the waistband of his pants in an effort to lift the boy to safety.
Witnesses said a police officer grabbed the man and slammed him to the ground, possibly thinking he was stealing the game.
Blood streamed from Newman’s face, but witnesses said police did not believe he was hurt until they turned the man over.
One shopper who witnessed the incident called it excessive.
“They grabbed the guy, body planted him into the ground — face shatters on concrete. That’s a hard concrete floor inside Walmart,” shopper Skyler Stone said.
“All of a sudden, you see this little boy run up and wailing and yelling, ‘Grandpa, Grandpa,’ and crying his eyes out,” Stone said.
Witnesses said the man had about $600 worth of electronics that he was purchasing and was not trying to steal anything.
Buckeye police told myFOXphoenix.com that Newman began “flailing” his arms when asked about the video game in his waistband. An officer used a leg sweep and Newman fell, hitting his head, police said.
What interested me most is that the crowd not only is filming this but really pressing the officers about whether the arrest used excessive violence. Also the officers themselves look shaken. Are the Occupy Movements causing people to question authority more? Are officers questioning themselves more? Or, is it just the omnipresence of video recorders in people’s cameras causing a sense of accountability?