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Police pepper spray, shut down malls over Air Jordan shoes

By David Edwards
Friday, December 23, 2011 10:16 EDT
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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.

Unconfirmed reports said that one young man, Tyreek Amir Jacobs, died after being stabbed over the shoes in Washington, D.C.

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.

Race for New Air Jordan Sneakers Turns Ugly: MyFoxATLANTA.com

Photo: Nike

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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