Man Tasered During Dash for Black Friday Deals at Walmart: Eyewitness

A shopper says two men are taken out of the store in handcuffs.

The mad dash for Black Friday deals at led to an incident inside the store tonight in which a man was reportedly tasered, according to an eyewitness.

Shortly after the 10 p.m. sale items were released, a commotion broke out toward the rear of the store. "Several people screamed and ran away from a large crowd, mentioning something about a fight as they headed towards the store exit," reported Brian D'Amico, who was at the store.

"Others in the crowd starting taking out and using their picture phones. A Milford Police officer rushed down the aisle into the crowd, where [they] proceeded to handcuff a man on the ground that had just been tasered by another officer already on scene."

D'Amico said police escorted the man who had been tasered and another man out of the store in handcuffs. "Within minutes seven Milford Police cruisers were parked in front of the store. None had been there before this incident, though an officer was standing outside the store with security personnel before this occurred," D'Amico said.

responded with an Engine and Rescue ambulance, as well as American Medical Response, according to D'Amico.

Milford police declined to comment until a police spokesman was available on Friday. The fire department would only confirm that they responded to Walmart for a medical call.

John Pasnau November 26, 2011 at 01:52 PM
The whole point is to bring 500 people into the store while only sacrificing profits on 50 or so items. What is needed at this point are some well thought out "Black Friday" laws that control retailer behavior. This is not unprecedented. Remember when the laws went into effect to control Bars and their "Happy Hour" specials? The time has come to control those who have made Black Friday a national horror.
Rusty November 26, 2011 at 02:58 PM
Robert Hanawalt November 29, 2011 at 02:09 AM
Bob, you're missing the point Ronald is making. There is a potentially life-threatening "incident" waiting to happen here. So, it's acknowledged that the police tazered the wrong man. What if that wrong man had a pacemaker and went into a cardiac arrest, or worse, died as a result of the tazering? What would you say then? And not for nothing, but why do you defend the cops after getting hit with a baton as a teen by an NYPD cop? Since when is "backtalking" a cop an act that threatens him? There's such a thing as freedom of speech in this country, or have you blindly accepted unjustified assault by an errant police officer?
RONALD M GOLDWYN November 29, 2011 at 01:08 PM
Mr Hanawait, You are correct in explaining my point of view. In CT it is legal to by a tazer, but it is a crime to remove it from the point of purchase. Guns are easier to obtain. I plan to bring before our new Mayor and the Board of Aldermen in Milford, the matter of having 500 customers rushing for 50 discounted items with no orderly distribution. We had the potential for a stampede with a child almost trampled. I will also bring up the use of tazers in croud control.
RIck George November 29, 2011 at 07:48 PM
Mob mentality is a very dangerous mix in any situation. A police officer has only seconds to make a decision and move to get a volatile situation under control before the mob explodes (and therefore given these particular circumstance acted appropriately). I have seen the calmest most rational people lose it and do things that they would never do otherwise, save they were in a mob. I watched youtube videos of this incident with the photographers commentary was "the only reason I'm here is to catch a good fight on video” Retailers are interested in only one thing which is making money which of course is their right. They think in moving quanity with no thought to the consumers well being or satisfaction (sad sign of the times). They know that if they set up these "feeding frenzies" that people will buy anything not to come home empty handed . My way of thinking the retailers are at fault here, Hiring police just further proves the point that you feel that there are going to be problems. They created the hype and "excitement" and the shortage of the below retail price "draw" items shame on them especially in these particularly bad economic times. You know folks you hold the power to stop these types of events, to coin an anti drug phase “just say no” just don’t attend, stay at home with your family and be safe stop being a corporate puppet. Do more shopping at your local merchants, you will be treated much better and as an individual or safely buy online.


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