California man suing Walmart for Black Friday brawl
Man claims false arrest, assault and battery and emotional distress
A 55-year-old California man who was tackled by a Buckeye police officer after being accused of shoplifting at a Walmart store last year is suing the town and police department. Jerald Newman was knocked unconsciousness and bleeding onto the floor after being confronted in a Buckeye Walmart during a scuffle at an early Black Friday sale and is suing the town and a police officer. The suit claims false arrest, assault and battery and emotional distress. Newman, his wife, Pamela, and their 13-year-old grandson filed the lawsuit in Maricopa County Superior Court on Nov. 20. The Arizona Republic reports the Newmans are seeking compensatory damages, punitive damages and attorney fees. Buckeye spokesman Bob Bushner declined to comment, saying the town has not been served with the lawsuit.
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