Will the LAPD charge the woman who doused Black Friday shoppers with pepper spray at Walmart?
Settled on 12/11/2011 21:25 by kruijs
Winning option: 'No charges/no news by suspension date'.
Police are still in limbo whether or not to charge a Los Angeles-area woman who doused pepper spray on crowds at Wal-Mart during this year’s shockingly violent Black Friday.
It is still a mystery why a woman drenched a line of eager shoppers with the chemical agent, and police won’t say whether she felt threatened or if she was just keen to get to an Xbox 360 before anyone else.
While the suspect - a Latina woman in her 30s - turned herself in Friday night, Los Angeles police have not released her identity publically
The woman was released yesterday after questioning. Police continue to interview shoppers from the crowded store in the ongoing investigation.
‘We have her identity and we know who she is and where she is at,’ Officer Bruce Borihanh told CNN. ‘When appropriate action needs to be taken, we know where to find her.’
The police are unsure why the woman waited a full 24 hours before turning herself in.
She also managed to pay for her purchases and leave the store before authorities arrived, police reports say.
Around 20 holiday shoppers complained of sore throats and burning eyes after the incident at the Porter Ranch Wal Mart. One witness described the scene as ‘absolutely crazy.’
‘I heard screaming and I heard yelling,’ witness Matthew Lopez, 18, told the Los Angeles Times on Friday. ‘Moments later, my throat stung. I was coughing really bad and watering up.’
He described a shopping frenzy, where the video games display was torn down and customers trampled over the computer games and DVDs that had fallen on the floor.
‘Somehow (the woman) was trying to use it to gain an upper hand,’ a police spokesman said. A fire department spokesman said the injuries to least 10 people were due to ‘rapid crowd movement’.
She had been trying to keep fellow shoppers away from the electronics she wanted - and people were injured as they jostled trying to escape the spray in the crowded store, authorities said.
‘People started screaming, pulling and pushing each other, and then the whole area filled up with pepper spray,’ Alejandra Seminario, 24, told the Los Angeles Times. ‘I just stayed in the toy aisle.’
She added that people started pulling the plastic off pallets on the floor and were ‘pushing and screaming’ as they were shoved over.
‘It was definitely the worst Black Friday I’ve ever experienced,’ Joseph Poulose told the newspaper.
Black Friday violence was all around - most notably in Phoenix, where a 54-year-old grandfather was knocked unconscious after a police officer kicked his leg out from under him during arrest.
In West Virginia, Target shoppers walked around and over a 61-year-old man who had collapsed because of a heart attack and later died.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2066897/To-charge-charge-Police-deciding-fate-woman-doused-Black-Friday-shoppers-pepper-spray-Wal-Mart.html#ixzz1ex0mHsxV
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