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The Associated Press reports that the Nassau County Police Department has released the results of an investigation into the trampling of a temporary Walmart employee that took place early in the morning on “Black Friday,” the traditional beginning of the end-of-year holiday shopping season. The employee, Jdimytai Damour, died of asphyxiation after being trampled by the crowd trying to get into the store.

According to the report, “the responsibility for the security and control of these sales events rests with the store. Store administrators should never market a sales event without having a plan, and the proper resources to manage it."

The AP writes that “the report recommended setting up barricades or rope lines to manage crowds before the sale, handing out wristbands or numbered tickets to arriving customers, positioning store employees in the parking lot and providing them radios to share information.

“Patrons should enter the stores in smaller groups, not all at once; retailers should have maps showing where to find the hottest sales items, and patrons should be kept out once the store reaches maximum occupancy, the report said.

“Stores should call police if crowds become unruly and plan whom to call in a medical emergency, but they should also have defibrillators on hand and staffers trained to use them, the report said.”

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