Police in NC town pepper spray Walmart crowd on Black Friday

Published: Nov. 26, 2011 at 4:13 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 26, 2011 at 4:13 AM EST
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KINSTON, NC (WBTV) -   Police were forced to use pepper spray after Kinston Walmart customers tried to take electronics that weren't for sale yet.

A former police officer was arrested in the midst of the disturbance.

He says a fight never broke out and police overreacted to people just trying to secure their position in line.

"He was raining it over the whole crowd so that it will rain down on their head," said  Gordon Jackson, a former police officer who was shopping on  Black Friday. "Some of it got on my granddaughter in her face and eyes and she had to go to the emergency room because she's asthmatic."

Jackson says he simply told police they shouldn't have pepper sprayed the crowd--and the next thing he knew he was in hand-cuffs.

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