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Off-duty Fayetteville officer pepper sprays crowd fighting outside mall

Posted December 17, 2014

Fayetteville police officers provide security as a crowd gathers to wait for the sale of a popular brand of basketball shoes at Finish Line at Cross Creek Mall on Dec. 17, 2014.

— Fayetteville police say an off-duty officer sprayed a crowd of people with pepper spray early Wednesday after a fight broke out at Cross Creek Mall.

The fight happened around 4:15 a.m. after a crowd gathered at a mall entrance between Sears and JCPenney to wait for the sale of a popular brand of basketball shoes at Finish Line.

The officer, whose name was not released, was working in an off-duty capacity when he saw the fight, police said. He got a can of pepper spray from the trunk of his vehicle and used it on the crowd.

Police responded to the mall and got the fight under control.

The police department plans to conduct an internal investigation into the off-duty officer's use of pepper spray "to ensure that all departmental policies and procedures were adhered to during the incident," police said in a statement. 

No other information was released.


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  • BigBrokeBill Dec 17, 2014

    Order online, wait a little longer, save your sanity.....

  • Elem-Teach Dec 17, 2014

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  • Terry Lightfoot Dec 17, 2014
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    He should have used it...good job and thank you. Some people will fight over Air Jordans like their lives will be ruined if they don't get them. Sad sad lives they have indeed

  • Christopher Byrne Dec 17, 2014
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    I was at cross Creek today at approx. 10:45 and there was still a raucous crowd outside the finish line, which was still gated. Their behavior was loud and disruptive. It is a shame there is a segment of our society that refuses to behave under certain conditions.

  • justabumer Dec 17, 2014

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    And that is really sad.

  • moomoo Dec 17, 2014

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    To them it was important.

  • justabumer Dec 17, 2014

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    Oh, just so it was something important.

  • Mannin Black Dec 17, 2014
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    Good job officer!

    All this over some shoes. Get serious. I refuse spend more than $60 on a pair of shoes. This way I will not get upset over a scratch on them when they are meant to protect my feet.

  • Packy Dec 17, 2014

    you have GOT to be kidding me?! What IS it with society targeting police officers??? If there wouldn't have been a malay he would've never HAD to use some type of force! I guess there are folks that want anarchy.

  • Sandra Elizabeth Dec 17, 2014
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    I haven't been in a mall to Christmas shop in over 5 years!!! YEAH