Pepper spray, cops follow Air Jordan clash in Savannah

Arrests after customer robbed of sought-after shoes

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   SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The release of Nike’s newest basketball shoe sparked violence in Savannah on Friday

A crowd waiting to get in Oglethorpe Mall to buy Air Jordans was pepper sprayed by mall security, according to Savannah-Chatham police, and two men were robbed of their new Air Jordans at Savannah Mall.

The Air Jordan 11 Retro “Concord” was released to the public overnight, selling for $180. The release brought crushing crowds across the country and multiple arrests.

Pepper spray used at Oglethorpe Mall

A metro police officer was hit when Oglethorpe Mall security pepper sprayed the crowd shortly before 7 a.m., according to police spokeswoman Gena Moore. The officer was treated on-scene and was back on duty by Friday afternoon, Moore said.

Scott Born — a spokesman for the company that provides Oglethorpe Mall’s security — said the mall’s security director, Howard Gilbert, sprayed the crowd after a maintenance man got his arm caught in a door he was trying to repair at one of the mall’s entrances.

Born said Gilbert repeatedly asked the crowd to stand back so the maintenance man could free his arm and warned that he’d use pepper spray if they didn’t. The crowd didn’t move, Born said.

Robbery at Savannah Mall

Just before 8 a.m., two men were leaving Savannah Mall with their new Air Jordans, police say, when they were robbed by four teens in a white Mazda Protege who demanded the shoes and said they had a gun.

Police say they spotted the Mazda minutes after the robbery, which happened outside Burlington Coat Factory. Tavontai Johnson, 19, allegedly jumped out of the car and ran toward Regal Cinemas but was caught by police. The three other suspects, 17-year-old James Johnson, 17-year-old Janard Coney and a 16-year-old juvenile stayed in the car, police say.

Officers allegedly found both pairs of shoes, a pistol and a magazine in the Mazda.

Police have charged James Johnson, Tavontai Johnson and Coney with robbery. The juvenile is not being charged at this time, police say, but their investigation is ongoing.

Problems across the country

Savannah is one of several cities where problems associated with the shoe release have been reported. The Associated Press reports that in suburban Seattle police used pepper spray on about 20 people who started fighting at Westfield Southcenter mall Friday.

DeKalb County police tell Fox 5 Atlanta that 20 police cars responded to the Mall at Stonecrest in Lithonia early Friday morning after a large crowd broke down a door to get to the shoes before a store opened.

Four people were arrested, and police say they had to break a window to get two toddlers out of a car after their mother left them to go buy shoes. She was arrested.

WSOC-TV reports that in Charlotte a door at the Northlake Mall was torn off its tracks as shoppers rushed inside.

According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, police were called to break up a fight in a large crowd at Jefferson Mall waiting to buy the new shoe early Friday morning.

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augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 12/24/11 - 07:55 am
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Standing in long lines of

Standing in long lines of pushing, shoving people, tearing down doors, leaving toddlers alone in a car, being arrested, all for a pair of shoes? Obviously these folk's shoe size is larger than their IQ.

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 12/24/11 - 07:56 am
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All this over a pair of

All this over a pair of shoes..... what kind of society have we become? Look out folks, anarchy is coming.

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seenitB4 12/24/11 - 08:01 am
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Robbed B4 they got out of the

Robbed B4 they got out of the shopping mall--doors ripped off---kids left in car----this is down right pathetic.

Some starving for food wouldn't act this crazy.

WhatNow
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WhatNow 12/24/11 - 08:10 am
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I wonder why this didn't

I wonder why this didn't happen when they released the new Sperrys?

madgerman
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madgerman 12/24/11 - 08:12 am
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Shades of tickle-me-elmo.
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Shades of tickle-me-elmo. Can't you folks be a little more sympathetic. After all these folks are laying out some hard won welfare cash for these shoes and lord knows they need them to go along with their spandex pants or droppy drawers to complete the look they need. Actually no different than the fat white RINOs that were doing anything for the Elmos.

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Riverman1 12/24/11 - 08:40 am
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The Huns and Visigoths are

The Huns and Visigoths are wearing Nikes as they come over the walls.

RunningMan
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RunningMan 12/24/11 - 08:41 am
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As always its entertaining

As always its entertaining and sad to read comments from the normals about how the rest of society is so screwed up. Please stop and take a look at yourself before judging others. While I don't agree with what happen, I see it the same as folks standing in line for hours/days to get a toy, wedding dress, TV, etc. It happens all the time. Lets try a specific PROFILE/PROFILING for those folks as well. Please.......

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/24/11 - 08:48 am
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24 dollars of trinkets and

24 dollars of trinkets and beads bought Manhattan Island. Nikes are like selling firewater to the Indians. Legal, but not exactly moral.

RunningMan
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RunningMan 12/24/11 - 08:52 am
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Nothing like seeing the rich

Nothing like seeing the rich get richer off the poor. MJ and Nike should donate at lease half of what they earn for these overpriced shoes to the needy. Bad timing as well. Seeing a bunch of grown folks act like this is not in the spirit of Christmas. MJ and Nike should be ashamed. I am sure collector with benefit as well.

hounddog
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hounddog 12/24/11 - 08:55 am
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The liberal/progressives and
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The liberal/progressives and black leaders have created this problem with the entitlement mentality.

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 12/24/11 - 08:56 am
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There is a difference between

There is a difference between patiently standing in line and causing near riots.

hounddog
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hounddog 12/24/11 - 08:58 am
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runningman, 'MJ and Nike
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runningman, 'MJ and Nike should be ashamed.’
Yeah blame it on MJ and Nkie when the liberal/progressives and black leaders have created this problem with the entitlement mentality.

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iLove 12/24/11 - 09:04 am
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Similar to MANY black Friday
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Similar to MANY black Friday events across the nation?

Yet, some idiot wants to talk about welfare people, calling people rabid animals....

These same people look like the same women buying wedding dresses....the same black Friday shoppers.....the same type of person who waits days for Lady A concert tickets.

Where are the moderators?

There is so much hate in people....and you wonder why society is as crazy as it is......where is the love?

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 12/24/11 - 09:12 am
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What rich man is FORCING

What rich man is FORCING anybody to shell out $180 for the shoes?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/24/11 - 09:15 am
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RoadKill, actually, I bet

RoadKill, actually, I bet they are. Madison Ave. and all that. It's taking advantage of the naive.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 12/24/11 - 09:21 am
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People sitting on a sidewalk

People sitting on a sidewalk in director's chairs, drinking sodas from a cooler and conversing with the other people in line while waiting to buy Lady A tickets vs. leaving toddlers in car, stealing shoes while armed and ripping doors off stores? The "same type of person"? hahahahahaa!

RunningMan
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RunningMan 12/24/11 - 09:32 am
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Again, open your eyes, look

Again, open your eyes, look at the videos. You have had people trampled to death while trying to get into Walmart during holiday shopping. And no they are not forcing anyone to payout the money to buy them, however, they realize the demand and simply taking advantage of it.

RunningMan
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RunningMan 12/24/11 - 09:24 am
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Yes Augusta Citizen, the same

Yes Augusta Citizen, the same type of folks.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/24/11 - 09:29 am
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The power of advertizing is

The power of advertizing is tremendous. They can have you wallowing in Phinizy Swamp and paying them for the pleasure if they put their minds to it. I remember a while back I was surprised when this advertizing firm bought a huge tobacco company. These advertizing companies make no brick and mortar goods, yet, they make billions. They be bad and affect you whether you know it or not.

RunningMan
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RunningMan 12/24/11 - 09:39 am
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Matter of fact, these folks

Matter of fact, these folks are no different than the ones that set cars on fire and break store windows after a team wins the Super Bowl, World Series, Stanley Cup, etc. Lets try PROFILING them as well. Wait, next you going to tell me that they are hard working americans just have a good time.

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freeradical 12/24/11 - 09:36 am
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If the rich were forced to

If the rich were forced to pay their "fair share" such desperate

behavior from the struggling "middle class" would not be an issue.

Please help us Mr. Obama.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 12/24/11 - 09:42 am
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RunningMan, you do understand

RunningMan, you do understand the types I refer to are: law-abiding vs. non-law-abiding? You seem to want to make more of my comments for some reason.

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iLove 12/24/11 - 09:48 am
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Lol I understand.....Maybe
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Lol I understand.....Maybe not those Lady A fans....lol. My point being, what people want, people will get no matter if it waiting in line for hours or stealing.....you are going to TRY to get what pleases you.

None-the-less, these people have got to do better....sigh....I thought the days of waiting for shoes were out the door....I guess not.

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literallyamerican 12/24/11 - 10:00 am
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They should have given away a

They should have given away a free T-shirt with each pair of those shoes that said "I have a pair of Air-Jordans and still live in poverty". As long as people have name brand shoes, drive a Cadillac they dont even care if they live in pure poverty. AMAZING

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proudgunowner 12/24/11 - 10:00 am
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Runningman, Michael Jordan
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Runningman, Michael Jordan and other wealthy people ALREADY donate a huge percentage of their earnings to the poor. It's called TAXATION and WEALTH REDISTRIBUTION through social programs. How many of these "people" who stood in line and fought for these shoes also had a EBT card in their pocket, or were paying for them while WE paid their rent, food and healthcare? It's not that liberals are stupid, it's that they know so much that isn't true.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/24/11 - 10:02 am
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Like river said....the power

Like river said....the power of the media is unbelievable----remember theCabbagePatch Dolls......made everyone THINK there were only so many to be had....had to get it NOW or get left behind...heheh....while they made millions more..
kinda like a woman playing hard to get-----heheh
Now you see it---now you don't!

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harley_52 12/24/11 - 10:10 am
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seenitB4 said "kinda like a

seenitB4 said "kinda like a woman playing hard to get-----heheh
Now you see it---now you don't!"

If she's really playing hard to get, you usually don't even get to see it.

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dichotomy 12/24/11 - 10:23 am
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I sure don't want to hear

I sure don't want to hear anybody who can pay $180 for sneakers, probably made in China for $4, talking bad about "rich" people or poor mouthing about how bad things are. I don't want to see any Air Jordans at an OWS protest, lined up for free turkeys and toys, or coming out of the welfare or unemployment office either. Believe me people, if they can sell a pair of high top sneakers for $180, there is no problem with the economy, our capitalistic system, or the way we take care of our "poor" people. The economy is in pretty good shape when we have people lining up and trampling each other for holiday store sales, Chinese made sneakers, and iPhones. I hope these $180 sneaker buyers are all paying their "fair" share of income taxes....but I doubt it.

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freeradical 12/24/11 - 10:28 am
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If the rich were forced to

If the rich were forced to pay their " fair share " then the

desperate plight of the struggling " middle class " to secure the

air jordans they so desperately need could be subsidized.

Won't you help us Mr. Obama ?

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stradivarius 12/24/11 - 10:42 am
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All over a pair of shoes..

All over a pair of shoes.. I'd hate to have a food shortage, because then I could only imagine what these people would do.

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