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Police Reviewing Video to Identify Shoppers in Wal-Mart Stampede That Killed Worker

29 November, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008

NEW YORK —  Police were reviewing video from surveillance cameras in an attempt to identify people who trampled on a Wal-Mart worker killed when a crowd of post-Thanksgiving shoppers burst through the doors at a suburban store and knocked him down.

Criminal charges were still possible, but identifying anyone in the store’s videos may prove difficult, said Nassau County police spokesman Detective Lt. Michael Fleming on Friday.

Other workers were trampled as they tried to rescue the man, and customers stepped over him and became irate when officials said the store was closing because of the death, police and witnesses said.

At least four other people, including a woman who was eight months pregnant, were taken to hospitals for observation or minor injuries, and the store in Valley Stream on Long Island closed for several hours. It reopened shortly after 1 p.m.

Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. called the incident a “tragic situation” and said it had tried to prepare for the crowd by adding staffers and outside security workers, putting up barricades and consulting police.

But Fleming said the store didn’t have enough security.

Police said about 2,000 people were gathered outside the Wal-Mart doors before its 5 a.m. opening at a mall about 20 miles east of Manhattan. The impatient crowd knocked the employee, identified by police as Jdimytai Damour of Queens, to the ground as he opened the doors, leaving a metal portion of the frame crumpled like an accordion.

“This crowd was out of control,” said Fleming, who described the scene as “utter chaos.”


Coming in the aftermath of the terrorists attacks in India, this may seem like an unimportant news item.   But, frankly, I don’t see it that way.  We don’t need to wait for terrorists; we can kill people here for getting in our way on the biggest shopping day of the year.  Black Friday!  Definitely black for the family and friends of Jdimytai Damour.  

Hey, if you can save a few bucks, what is the value of a human life?  After all, we can’t have holidays without “gifts.”   (Don’t get me wrong; I like to give and get “things” as much as the next person, but even in a crowd I have my standards.)

Two thousand people trample a man to death – like  bulls running down streets in Spain?  What were they thinking?  Were they thingking?  How could you give those gifts you were lucky enough to buy to anyone you care about?  They are tarnished with human blood.  Throw them away. 

One dead, four other people injured, including a woman who was eight months pregnant.  And the crowd got angry when the store closed because of the death! 

Words fail me……


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One Comment leave one →
  1. patriotdems permalink
    30 November, 2008 21:15

    Privacy is a thing of the past. Many people, especially those under thirty, have grown up without it. Every secret is revealed and screamed in magazines on talk radio and on reality T.V. People expect that every aspect of their lives is entertainment.

    Advertisers want this generation because they are computer savvy and computer reliant. They can snag all your friends by having you pass things along on your computer or blackberry.

    Even who you vote for and donate money to is no longer a secret.

    The more people follow this junk trail, the less they seem to know about the real world but this attitude is a real bonanza for those who want us to consue our hearts out.

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