Chaos as US shoppers go wild for Nike Air Jordans
It was an everyday tale of greed, consumerism and sporadic police brutality in the shopping malls of America this Christmas, as fashion-conscious basketball fans attempted to get their hands on the latest pair of must-have trainers.
Huge crowds and many near-riots were reported wherever Nike's new $180 "Air Jordan" shoes went on sale.
Police in Seattle said about 20 people were pepper-sprayed after fights broke out amongst a queue of 1,000 youths gathered on Christmas Eve.
One man was arrested for punching an officer. "He did not get his shoes; he went to jail," said a spokesman.
In Jersey City, a man was stabbed in a fight over alleged queue-barging.
Shots were fired in Richmond, California, at around 7am, apparently after a gun being carried by a shopper went off by accident.