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Imagine the force it took to bring down Wal-Mart employee Jdimytai Damour. He was the worker trampled to death by hundreds of crazed shoppers at a Wal-Mart store on Long Island last Friday. Black Friday. It doesn’t get any darker than this.
Today I learned that Damour stood six foot five and weighed two hundred and seventy pounds. Imagine what it must’ve taken to knock him down! Police officially said today he died from suffocation, from the pressure of feet pounding over his chest.
Can you imagine? All this worker did was attempt to open the doors so people could shop. Is a deal on a plasma TV really worth it? Or is that new video game really worth it? How can anyone at the store that morning actually give a gift this year and not wonder what role they may’ve played in that stampede and the tragedy that followed?
Many shoppers continued to bargain hunt even as EMS crews tried to save the victim’s life on the store’s floor. And when they were finally told a man had died, and that shoppers needed to leave, some of them refused. One witness said people complained they’d been waiting in line since the day before and wondered why they had to leave, even if someone was dead.
Police are examining the video from the store’s surveillance camera to try and identify shoppers who stepped on the man. If they think they can prove recklessness, some shoppers may be charged with inciting a riot, or even worse, negligent homicide. Even Wal-Mart could be charged.
Police, late today, said the retail giant’s security was “inadequate” and that the sale promotion along with the lax security was a “recipe for disaster.”
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