Texas mall police use Mace on Air Jordan shoppers

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Associated Press

Posted on December 23, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Updated Sunday, Dec 23 at 11:02 AM

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Security officers at a Fort Worth mall used Mace to calm and disperse a crowd of hundreds who were waiting to buy Air Jordan sneakers after an off-duty officer was nearly trampled.

Fort Worth police spokesman Sgt. Pedro Criado told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (http://bit.ly/XZPjtt ) that a crowd of more than 350 people at Hulen Mall wanted to buy a limited re-release of red-and-black Nike Air Jordan sneakers.

He says the crowd pushed through barricades, knocking down an off-duty officer. Criado says the officer was nearly trampled and shot "a short burst" of Mace into the crowd.

Criado says the crowd quickly dispersed. No one was injured.

The sneakers cost between $150 and $200. Many stores are using a voucher system to avoid crowd-control problems.

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Information from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, http://www.star-telegram.com

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