Police pepper spray, shut down malls over Air Jordan shoes
Black Friday is long since over, but mayhem continued at U.S. shopping malls early Friday morning over Nike Air Jordan 11 “Concords.”
Just two days before Christmas, police in Austin were forced to shut down two malls after they said crowds became unruly.
“People started pushing like crazy, and they started spraying Mace on us for no reason,” pepper spray victim Jalen Hall told KVUE. “Like nobody was doing anything bad. We were just getting close to (the store) and they started spraying mace…And got mace all over my eyes.”
Pepper spray was also reportedly deployed at Westfield Southcenter mall near Seattle.
At a mall in Lithonia, Georgia, police dispatched as many as 20 squad cars as shoppers waiting to buy shoes broke down the doors. One woman was arrested for leaving two toddlers in the car while she shopped.
The retro shoes sell for $180, but some reported paying as much as $400 on the Internet.
UPDATE (12 p.m. ET): Police in Richmond, California canceled shoe sales at Hilltop Mall after shots were fired into the air.
Watch this video from KVUE, broadcast Dec. 23, 2011.
Watch this video from Fox Atlanta, broadcast Dec. 23, 2011.