November 26th, 2011
10:24 PM ET

Arizona police vow probe into bloody arrest of grandfather at Walmart

An Arizona police department will conduct an investigation into the bloody arrest of a 54-year-old grandfather during a Black Friday sale at a Walmart, an assistant police chief said Saturday.

Jerald Newman, 54, was released Saturday from a Maricopa County jail, his wife, Pamela, told CNN. He has been charged with resisting arrest and shoplifting.

"(He is) as good as expected ... but he is emotionally and mentally a wreck," she said.

Newman was among a throng of shoppers crammed into a Buckeye, Arizona, Walmart soon after it opened late the night of Thanksgiving.

"They were just letting people in; there was nowhere to walk," said his daughter, Berneta Sanchez, who was also in the store. "Teenagers and adults were fighting for these games, taking them away from little kids and away from my father."

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  1. Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Яight Wing Иutcase"

    CNN – Here you go. No time for an i report. Went to go watch a movie. Netflix is done. Cannot log onto server. It apparently crashed. Lied and said I forgot my password, which they inturn said they mailed a reset link to my mail account. Well? Guess what? I check my mail account...they dont exist. I call them by landline, said they were having problems with the website. I stayed on the phone for a real person....guess what....they could'nt take my phone call because they were having technical difficulty with the phone lines...and ya got to call at another time. Lied again...and clicked on lost password. Yet another dialog box comes up with first, last and account number...guess what...they may have lost this too.
    Netflix is CRASHED. All of it...everything.

    November 27, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    @Jeff Frank:
    That really stinks!

    Thx for the compliment!

    November 27, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Яight Wing Иutcase"

      they probably blame this on Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachman

      November 27, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    @Jeff Frank: 😀

    Nah, I really can't see blaming this one on NG or MB...or any
    politi tian, for that matter...

    November 27, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat)

    It probably was those damn Chinese communists hacking into the system to see if they could find an easier way to pirate movies.

    November 27, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    bc (iah)
    Those would be Somalian pirates.

    November 28, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat)

    I think you may be right. AAARRRHHH

    November 28, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. ray

    This is disgusting.Very poor judgement on the part of this officer.Where is officer discretion here? What would have been wrong with asking this individual back to the office to explain his side of the story? The police side of this story simply doesn't add up.Why would a grandfather with no criminal record shoplift in front of his wife, daughter, and grandchildren? If you look at the video you will notice his shirt tucked in.Hardly the postion to shoplift something.This officer needs canned and criminally charged with aggravated battery.Coming from a long line of law enforcement officers I almost always side with them but this is such an appalling disgrace.Reminds me of that Canton Police officer Daniel Harless.Thugs with a blue uniform.

    November 29, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
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