SAPD officers soothe shoppers in line for Air Jordan release

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by Kens5.com staff

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Posted on December 23, 2011 at 1:46 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- The new Nike Air Jordans were released just in time for the holidays, putting shoppers on edge outside Ingram Park Mall late Thursday night.

Mall security said about 200 shoppers were lined up outside the mall around 10:30 p.m. After several heated arguments, nearly 20 San Antonio police officers were called to make sure things didn't get out of control.

The popular sneakers are selling for nearly $200 and have apparently topped Christmas wish lists nationwide. They were released in most stores early Friday, although some retailers made the sneakers available Thursday. 

At least two malls in Austin were shut down early Thursday night after crowds got rowdy outside the Footlocker stores. Some shoppers claim they were pepper sprayed, although police have not confirmed those claims.

Shoppers were even less patient at a mall in Houston, where anxious shoppers smashed a window.

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