Video: Police Injured And Two Arrested In Walmart Black Friday Fight
Black Friday shopping hysteria started early this year—even before Thanksgiving was over—at a San Bernardino Walmart that left one police officer injured and two shoppers arrested.
Three fights had broken out around 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Walmart in Rialto as shoppers stood in lines in barricades waiting to get in for their Black Friday sales, according to CBS Los Angeles and San Bernardino Sun. The store was supposed to open up at 8 p.m., but since the lines had over 3,000 people, Walmart opened up early, which led to the brawls, a Walmart manager told the San Bernardino Sun.
“There were some tensions that flared up in reference to people cutting in lines,” Sergeant Nicholas Borchard of the Rialto Police Department told CBS Los Angeles.
In one of the fights, Raymond Leonard Rice, 25, had gotten out of a car to attack a victim who was walking across the parking lot, allegedly punching and kicking him, even in the head, and was then in turn assaulted by a woman who tried to stop him. Rice had reportedly fought the police officers when they tried to arrest him, and his relative, Chennel Coleman Smith, 31, also assaulted the officers, according to the Los Angeles Times. They were both arrested for suspicion of assault on a police officer and suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. A police officer suffered a broken wrist from trying to intervene in the fights, reported NBC.
A bystander posted two videos of the fight on Instagram: