Buckeye Police "Body-Planted" Grandpa at WalMart in Black Friday Mayhem

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Police "body-planted" a man at a Buckeye Walmart's Black Friday event after the man put a video game in his waistband while helping a grandson who was being jostled in a crowd.

The take-down, which left the man bloody, was one of several violent acts reported across the country related to America's annual orgasm of retail sales.

This year's Black Friday has spurred robberies in California and South Carolina, and a mischievous pepper-spray attack on shoppers in Porter Ranch, California, that hurt 20 people.


The Buckeye incident is catching national attention this morning.

According to news reports, a crowd of fired-up shoppers at the Walmart were clawing at a box of videos games when a little boy was "trampled" and cut his lip. The boy's grandfather then tried to lift the kid, first sticking a video game he was holding in his waistband. The guy reportedly had $600 worth of other merchandise with him he intended to buy -- not exactly the shoplifter type.

One witness of the incident quoted by Channel 10 news (KSAZ-TV) seems to indicate that police wildly over-reacted:



"You would have thought there was a cure for cancer in this box," said shopper Skyler Stone. "I mean people were literally going insane.

"They grabbed the guy, body planted him into the ground -- face shatters on concrete. That's a hard concrete floor inside Walmart.

"All of a sudden, you see this little boy run up and wailing and yelling, 'Grandpa, Grandpa,' and crying his eyes out," Stone said.


Bystanders, naturally, grabbed their camera-phones and started recording. Here's a video of the aftermath someone put on YouTube:

We left a message for Buckeye PD, and we'll let you know if they call back.

Shopper surveys show this year's Black Friday is expected to be a biggie, despite the country's ongoing economic gumminess. The number of consumers who planned to shop on the day after Thanksgiving and during the long weekend is way up.

Shopping madness isn't just a metaphor, sometimes. While not as bad as the stampedes of Mecca pilgrims or British soccer fans, the frenzy over discounted merchandise has in recent years spawned fights, gunfire, tramplings and other beastly behavior.

At least most people save their violence till they get home, acting it out vicariously in the video games they bought for half-off.


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Dbacksfn05
Dbacksfn05

So all that is shown is the guy on the ground bleeding.  What happened before hand that was not posted.  Guess he should have listen to the Officer when he was told to stop.

Dbacksfn05
Dbacksfn05

I would like to know who the big tough guy is in the back.  Saying he would knock the Buckeye cop out.  He's probally the same one who talks big then he gets into cuffs then starts crying

Steve_Mart1n
Steve_Mart1n

The police in this country are way out of hand. The attitude of "we have to take control of the situation with overwhelming force" that they expunge is sickening.

This grandfather was protecting his grandson, not shoplifting, yet because of an overzealous cop who feels he is so threatened simply by putting the uniform on, he now has a cracked skull. If these cops feel that threatened, they are in the wrong line of work. A line of work they chose to be in, knowing beforehand what risks it entailed.

The only good that will come from this is the grandfather will clean up in court.

Whatever People
Whatever People

Welcome to Arizona! Home of the over rated bullies. You know the ones that need a gun to get anything accomplished. Yep, all while sherriff Joe puts pictures of mugshots  of "criminals" online. Nice job AZ. You deserve to get crap over this.

Richard212oo
Richard212oo

F the punk a$$ Buckeye Police hopefully those cops will depart this earth in the line of duty when a real criminal like a tweeker kicks their a$$

Alamin
Alamin

Hi,

 

Thank you for your nice article on phoenix new times blogs. It will help me.

 

Thanks

 

NW Mattie
NW Mattie

Guess what, bullies never change, do they? They simply grewup and get uniforms, which allow them to hurt people in the name of the “badge”. You would think by now, BAD police wouldknow there is always someone near by to film their attacks.

 

For heavens sake, here the BAD police have the poor manhandcuffed (completely helpless), and the big Bully decides to kick the man’s feetout from under him. It was immediately (crystal) clear that the handcuffed manwas out cold, clearly unconscious, lifeless, and bleeding. WHY?   Then they deliberately lose all common sense anddon’t bother to call 911 for medical attention. Instead, they stupidly continuepulling and moving the man around, not caring if the man ends up paralyzed…what idiots! They’re no better than Conrad Murray, but of course, they don’tcare because even if their hands get slapped, they know we the “Taxpayers” willpay for their dirty deeds. 

azblazer
azblazer

The Arizona State Statutes that spell out what "shoplifting" is, clearly says that "concealment" is grounds enough for a person to be detained...BUT....there also has to be "intent" to deprive that person or merchant of such goods, i.e. steal. This is why most merchants wait until the person tries to leave before they are detained as leaving the store with concealed merchandise proves intent to steal.  The other thing to consider is that the report says that he had a basket filled with $600 worth of other merchandise in which he clearly intended to purchase. This does not bode well for Wal-Mart or the prosecution if they decide to try this case. 

There is another potential lawsuit here against Wal-Mart that they did not provide a safe shopping environment and as a result, the grandson found himself in a position where he could have been seriously injured had the grandfather not acted.

Any defense attorney would be salivating to get this case and I'm guessing that it will be settled out of court to minimize anymore negative PR for Wal-Mart or Buckeye Police.  Buckeye tax payers will most likely be flipping the bill for this one.  I also foresee disciplinary action and/or suspension against the officers.

guest
guest

Thugs. Those cops are thugs. Fucked up between the ears, closeted thugs. I hope they're fired. 

Chrisphilmore
Chrisphilmore

Goodyear police department is like Buckeye.  They attack and beat people for doing nothing illegal or wrong.  Goodyear police, fire and management is corrupt also. just like its neighbor, Buckeye.  Thank Hughes, Cusson, Brown, Fishbach, Dalke, and Lord.

Donald Linneman
Donald Linneman

This is some of the worst writing I've ever seen. Do you typically hire 12-year-olds to write this crap? Sorry for the Grandpa though.

HaveAnotherDonutAndAnother
HaveAnotherDonutAndAnother

Part of the problem is that most cops are DEEEEEEEEP in the closet, and they cloak themselves with all of that phony baloney macho-male b*llsh*t.

Chris Blair
Chris Blair

A couple of comments/questions in regards to these Pubic Serpents behavior.

1.  If these pubic serpents saw the man stick the game in his pants, then they and Walmart's Loss Prevention Employees for that matter, had to be WELL AWARE (via security cameras) of the dangerous melee taking place in the store - so why weren't they RESTORING ORDER - for crying out loud - a child was getting trampled and they did nothing, NOTHING - they only 'SAW" the man stick the game in his waistband and that was the ONLY concern.

Protect and Serve my ass.

2.  People of America, those that CARE anyways - the way I see it, we have to turn the table on Law Enforcement and demand that they have audio/video proof of THEIR VERSION of events - ALWAYS - absolutely no exceptions, ever. 

Let's INCENTIVIZE police officers from confiscating people's cell phones, deleting the videos and to encourage them to stop lying about the existance of any security/surveillance videos.  No video - no conviction. A cops' "word" means absolutely jack to me.   

frankyburns
frankyburns

No store video?? What BS -- the Walmart and the police are obviously in cahoots on this one. This demands an outside investigation right away, before they destroy the tapes.

frankyburns
frankyburns

Police always stonewall and protect each other, no matter what. That means they simply cannot be believed in any circumstance. In this case the guy obviously is not cuffed when he is first shown on the floor. These officers are lowlifes -- he is lucky not to have killed him with that takedown -- and lying through their teeth to protect their own behinds.  This all started at 9/11 -- police think they need to be "tough" in the  post-9/11 era, but they are just playing into Bin Laden's hands. He's dead, but alive and well and really messing with middle America.

Tbuckeye014
Tbuckeye014

Yes but the young man Skyler Stone Verbally abused a old lady in Walmart that same night so who is he to talk.  

Guyver
Guyver

The officer slapped a cuff on Newman's left hand. Newman yelled "I'm not going to jail!" says Hall.REALLY?If you watch all the available video, you can see that Mr. Newman DID NOT have any cuffs on his left or right wrist as he lay unconscious on the floor. Then you see the cop pull the cuffs out of his pouch and put them on Newman, as he lies unconscious on the floor.That is a fact.Larry Hall is a frakking liar.Now they say that the video from inside the store does not show the beginning of the "confrontation" (translation: Wall-Mart is covering its arse, too).However, they cannot squash the testimony of multiple witnesses.Or multiple videos from some of those witnesses.False arrest. Excessive use of force. Coverup. And a violation of Mr. Newman's civil rights which may rise to the level of a federal offense.If I were Mr. Newman, I would sue the Buckeye PD and Wallmart for every penny they have. This is a slam-dunk, open and shut case. I would also contact the federal DA for his area to press violation of civil rights charges against the Buckeye PD.

Pecee69
Pecee69

So don't you have to attempt to leave a store without paying before its shop lifting? and handcuffing an unconcious person seems a little............... uncaring in this supposed season of generosity and giving. Also the police are asking the public not to jump to conclusions before their inquiry............... shouldn't they have given this poor guy the same rspect and courtesy? seems the police might have caught the same crazy as the black fiday shoppers.

Jason
Jason

WHAT THE CHRIST!?  He and his family are going to get a fucking retirement fund out of that police department.  Every single state law states that shoplifting does not occur until you TRY AND LEAVE THE STORE WITH THE MERCHANDISE!  It's specifically written that way to prevent misunderstandsing and bullshit like this from happening.

Further more, I hope the family double sues the fuck out of the police for endangering his life by carelessly flailing him around.  He's got a massive head injury and you're going to sit him the fuck up and let his head flop around like a damn rag?  Little piggy, you have zero idea if you broke his neck; leave him.  At least face down the blood will flow out, instead of down his throat and possibly into his trachea.

WTH?
WTH?

How is it that it's shoplifting if the man was still in the store?  And you bet your butt if someone tried to put me in handcuffs amid all the chaos going on, just like this guy, I'd fight too. We already know how many wackos come out on Black Friday.  Hope the idiot officer is canned.   

Coz
Coz

azfamily.com

Posted on November 25, 2011 at 9:11 PM

BUCKEYE, Ariz. -- Black Friday turned bloody at the Buckeye Walmart.

"Right when I got out of the circle, I saw a girl get hurt [on her side] and on the other side too," said 12-year-old Nick Nara.

He isn't describing some school yard brawl. He's talking about his overnight shopping with his grandfather at the Walmart that ended with 54-year-old Jerald Newman on the floor restrained by Buckeye Police. He was booked into jail for shoplifting and resisting arrest after Walmart started the sale of a video game around 1am.

Witness Skyler Stone described the scene.

"There was this cardboard display with video games and people ripped it to shreds. It was like the cure to cancer was in that box. People were going insane," he said.

Nick says he and his grandpa were right in the middle of it.

"I only got one game. People were trying to take it away from me, so he grabbed it and put it under his shirt," he said.

Newman's family says he was trying to get the game and his grandson out of the mob scene and had every intention to pay. But Walmart calls that shoplifting, and so do Buckeye Police. Officers moved in for the arrest, and say Newman was trying to get out of their grip.

"There are witnesses that are reporting our officer did everything they could to control the suspect," said Chief Mark Mann with Buckeye Police.

Newman's family also confirms that he's hard of hearing. They believe he likely didn't understand the officer in all the panic.

Buckeye Police say the fact that Newman was hard of hearing was not on the initial report.

One of the officers from Buckeye that responded as backup has a record of questionable integrity. During her time with Phoenix Police she was added to the Brady List, a list of officers who have had their honesty called into question. That all happened before she joined Buckeye's force. 

Coz
Coz

I'm sure they'll call you back after they get they're stories straight and change any evidence they need to so it looks like they were justified using excessive force.

>>We left a message for Buckeye PD, and we'll let you know if they call back.

Matt Hay
Matt Hay

Which States? It is pretty universally recognized premise in US Criminal Law that there must be an "intent" to shoplift and that the only way that "intent" is expressed is to pass the cash register with concealed merchandise one does not pay for. Until that register is passed, you can load your pants up with video games, sausages, spam, or anything else, and so long as you do not make an attempt to leave the store, there is no prosecutable offense. The store is within their right to ask you to leave, but so long as you comply, there is no offense.

Mr_Pants
Mr_Pants

What a lucky guy, wish cops would use excessive force on me, with hundreds of witnesses on hand to back me up.  A large cash settlement would be nice.

Guest
Guest

It was a panicked situation with many people tired, angry, and excited. There is no excuse for the excessive force, but in the moment, any person would have acted in a similar fashion. You can't take one officer's actions in a heated moment of chaos and paste a label on all of them as "bullies" or "idiots". The post it's self says the boy was trampled and everyone was fighting for items. Something was bound to happen and this was one of the results.

falcons12345
falcons12345

 "The grandson was trampled on in all the mayhem -- even cutting his lip. His grandpa put the game in his waistband so that he could lift the boy out of the crowd, according to some witnesses.

Witnesses said that's when a police officer grabbed the man and slammed him to the ground – possibly thinking he was stealing the game."

http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dp...

falcons12345
falcons12345

Ive read the story on other, credible news sites. The cop thought he was stealing a  video game and he dropped the guy. There wasnt a struggle or order to stop./

Angelos213
Angelos213

Fuck buckeye police they are fukn crooked ass cops always messing with the good citizens they are scared to go after the bad people bunch of pussies ......

NW Mattie
NW Mattie

Good points of information, thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.. And who's to say that the grandfather might have been trying to keep his grandson from seeing his Gift?  

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

can you name a place in AZ that isn't corrupt? or has good police that aren't a bunch of closet homo, roid-raging, idiots?

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

and a badge and a gun, taser, pepper spray and the latest high-tech war gadgets.... complete with paramilitary vehicles --- like a war on our own people. Thank you to Homeland Security and the huge sums of money they give to the local police.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

Kinda like Joel Fox and his favorite underlings?

Matt Hay
Matt Hay

The "officer" was on secondary working security for Walmart, that is why the tape disappeared. Like Walmart wants to help Grandpa perform a hostile takeover? Because the guy was employed by Walmart at the time, they bear liability. If the "officer" was just present, there is plausible deniability on Walmart's part, but since he is a Walmart employee technically, Walmart is in a world of legal hurt here and losing the tape, while unscrupulous, might mitigate it somewhat.

James Ryan - Boston
James Ryan - Boston

I notice that, also.  You wonder if these people get any training at all other than to talk loud and carry a big stick. 

Rick
Rick

AZ state law is that if you conceal an item while in the store that is sufficient to charge you with shoplifting. Even placing an item in your purse is sufficient to have you arrested.  Don't like that law? Talk to the state legislature. 

Matt Hay
Matt Hay

Except for the fact these folks are commissioned peace officers. I was never a peace officer, but I was a Firefighter, and you train for the adrenaline rush. You learn to control it and operate on it. You are not just some average Joe. Average Joe's would rip their SCBA off and torch their lungs in a fire. There is no excuse here. Not only for the brutality, and violations of Civil Rights, but also the fact that it appears that these Officers have no clue how to render basic first aid. If someone is face planted, a C-Spine injury is likely, that being the case, you do not roll them around and sit them up by their head, especially if they are unconscious. Even better is the fact a bystander has to clear the blood from the victim's airway to prevent aspiration, while these thugs in uniforms kneel there with no idea what to do. If I was their Chief, I would fire them all before the clock strike midnight, Police Union can suck it. Also, another piece that there is likely more to is the supposed lack of Wal-Mart surveillance footage according to the Chief. They have cameras in the Electronics Department every few feet, it is impossible for the attack and attempted "arrest" to not have been caught. No way there it a blind spot that big in their Loss Prevention Footage......the only way footage would not exist is if it was "lost" somehow after it was recorded. Perhaps the Old Chief is trying to throw the media off the scent and keep them from asking for it.

Anti-cops
Anti-cops

And they do have cameras all over the walmart I live here in buckeye but since the cops where working for them at that time its their ass if theirs a law suit....

Jwardaz
Jwardaz

That's not true. Wal-Mart is a private enterprise, their bylaws are that any person shoplifting CANNOT be stopped until they leave the store. Even then wal-mart personnel are to get a license plate # and call the cops. Any employee who breaks this rule will be fired. It in fact has happened, as seen on national television a few months back.

By definition, shoplifting is the act of LEAVING the premises without paying for product. While still in the store, you can shove a f'n roll of burger down your pants and walk around if you wish. As long as your intent is to pay for the product.

On a side note, unless Wal-Mart called them there for this specific incident, those cops had no jurisdiction, and seeing as the cops were already there as it happened, they had no right or reason to even confront the man until wal-mart loss prevention deals with the situation.  Good luck with all that lawsuit money Gramps, take the boy fishing!

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

as if those morons would listen to me.

Itsmeamf
Itsmeamf

Actually, to free his hands so that he could help his grandson, he stuck the video in his waistband.  They did not say he shoved it down his pants.  Concealment means to keep out of sight.  And from the pictures that I have seen shows his shirt was tucked in and he was not wearing a jacket.  Doesn't matter what state you are from,  you still have RIGHTS. And this man's rights were clearly violated.  And this kind of crap needs to come to an end.  

Anna B
Anna B

This didn't happen in the electronics dept.  It was right by the front door.  not sure how their surveilance is there.  This is my local walmart and I was there....luckily AFTER it happened, and the fire fighters and additional cops had already gotten there.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

it will be more likely to be on tap near the front door since they video that area as well.

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