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An upstate New York cop has been placed on paid leave after he punched a woman in the throat when she tried to bite him during a fight at Walmart.

Officer Rory Spain is under investigation for excessive use of force and has been placed on leave, according to the DeWitt Police Department.

Officer Spain and his partner responded to a report of a disturbance at the Walmart in East Syracuse, NY on July 4.

Walmart employees called police after they were threatened and pepper-sprayed in the face by two women. Customers were also allegedly pepper-sprayed by the women.

The two women are identified as Tyreana Edmonds and Tajenik Byrd.

Officer Spain is accused of punching Edmonds in the throat when she tried to bite him while he attempted to detain her. Cellphone footage of the melee went viral online over the weekend.

The DeWitt PD posted 15-minute video that showed the officers arriving and taking Edmonds and Boyd into custody.

The video was posted in response to inquiries received regarding a Use of Force Incident.

Edmonds was charged with second-degree attempted assault of a police officer, fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree harassment, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and obstruction.

Byrd was charged with third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, endangering the welfare of a child, possession of a noxious material, resisting arrest, and obstruction, according to DailyMail.com.

Both women were released on desk appearance tickets. About 25 people protested outside the DeWitt Police Department, shouting "Black Lives Matter" and other slogans.

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Kanye West is suing retail giant Walmart for allegedly selling a similar version of his Yeezy Foam shoe design.

The mega music producer is fuming after discovering Walmart is selling a similar version of his $75 Yeezy Foam Runner footwear online for just $25 a pair.

Below is an image of Kanye's sold out Yeezy Foam Runner.

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In court papers obtained by TMZ, Kanye argues Walmart intentionally made an "unauthorized exact copy" of his foam footwear to profit off its popularity after his original design sold out in June, 2020.

Below is an image of Walmart's foam runner that looks similar to Kanye's best-selling Yeezy Foam footwear.

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Kanye claims the bootleg version could cost him hundreds of millions of dollars in potential sales, and he wants all of the profits from the sales of Walmart's foam shoes.

However, a spokesperson for the retailer insists they are not directly responsible for the creation of the alleged knock-offs.

"The product referenced in the complaint is not sold by Walmart, but rather by third party Marketplace sellers. We take allegations like this seriously and are reviewing the claim. We will respond in court as appropriate after we have been served with the complaint."

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A Walmart spokesman told the New York Post it is looking into a violent altercation between a male shopper and an employee with a man bun.

Viral cell phone video shows the shopper ramming the employee with a shopping cart, then spitting on the young man who is being restrained by store security.

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The shopper then turned to walk away when the employee broke free and knocked the man out cold with one punch.

A female voice is heard saying, "Don't hit him,", before the employee knocked the customer out.

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The video was uploaded to Twitter.com along with the caption: "Walmart Englewood ain't playin today."

According to the New York Post, Chicago, where the Twitter user lives, has an Englewood section.

However, Walmart also has a location in Englewood, Colorado, which has an Academy Bank branch inside that can be seen briefly in the footage.

A Walmart spokesman told The Post on Friday the company was trying to find out more details about the incident.

"We're looking into it," spokesman Casey Staheli said. He added it was not immediately clear which store location the violent exchange occurred.

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Walmart claims an "external bad actor" sent offensive emails from its servers to multiple Walmart customers.

The person used knowledge of Walmart's IT system to create new accounts using other people's email addresses.

The person replaced the first and last name with the racial slurs "Ni**er" and "Coon."

One UK woman complained to @Walmart's official Twitter account about receiving one of the emails.

"Woke up this morning to this email in my inbox.

Somebody set up a #Walmart account using my email address with the first and last name N****r C**n.

Surely Walmart should have something that flags such words?"

See an example of the offensive email here.

In response to the breach, a Walmart spokesperson said its internal system was not hacked.

"We discovered that an external bad actor created false Walmart accounts with obvious intent to offend our customers. We were shocked and appalled to see these offensive and unacceptable emails."

The company assured that no more offensive emails will be sent from its servers, CBS reports.

Earlier tis year, Walmart pledged to donate $14 million to various charities as part of a commitment to ending racial inequality.

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A New Orleans woman spent Valentine's Day behind bars after she reportedly shot and killed the father of her child outside Walmart.

Alexis King, 20, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of her boyfriend in a parking lot outside the entrance of Walmart in Chalmette.

The victim -- who was not named -- was rushed to a hospital, where he died.

Using surveillance video, investigators identified the victim as a Walmart employee, and King as a worker at a nearby business.

King admitted to killing her boyfriend once in police custody, according to the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office.

Walmart reps released a statement to the NY Post on Tuesday:

"We were devastated to learn that one of our own had passed due to this horrific act of violence. Our focus is on supporting the associates in the store during this difficult time and assisting law enforcement in their investigation. Our hearts go out to the family and all those affected by this terrible situation."

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Rick Ross shut down a Mississippi Walmart to hold a toy drive giveaway in his own hometown of Clarksdale. Parents drove from miles around to buy toys for their children.

"We've gotta lot of families out here," said Ross in a video uploaded to his @richforever Instagram account.. "We just came out here, shut the Walmart down. We letting them do they thang. God is great."

"The biggest toy drive, man. Memphis, Clarksdale, the whole area. We're doing it big for these kids."

He captioned the video:

"For the past several years I've been blessed and able to give bach to the communities. I would like to thank everyone that helped with putting together the Xmas givebach in Dade, Broward, Atlanta, Memphis & Mississippi."

In addition to toys, food and household goods, Ross and his crew purchased Fila sneakers for the children.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot pleaded with Walmart and Target not to abandon the city after looters vandalized the big box stores.

After a conference call with Walmart and other retailers that were targeted by looters, Lightfoot said she pleaded with the retailers to reopen and not abandon Chicago.

The stores are closed indefinitely - putting hundreds of employees out of work - after looters stole merchandise and set fires inside the buildings in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

"I think in the case of Walmart, what they were focused on was assessing the damage," said Lightfoot, who added the retailers are donating "fresh produce" and other perishables that weren't taken by looters.

There were earlier reports that Walmart would reopen all stores trashed by looters and vandals, but company officials later said some stores will remain closed permanently.

They didn't say which neighborhoods will be affected.

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Walmart, Costco and Target are barred from selling "nonessential" items such as clothing, TVs and appliances to discourage foot traffic in some states.

Big box retailers and grocery store chains in some states are barred from selling nonessential items to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Local governments in mainly Democratic states have used draconian measures such as threats of arrests and steep fines to herd residents inside their homes.

Stores have been allowed to stay open during lockdowns because they sell groceries and other essentials such as toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

But some states have gone a step further by ordering stores to remove nonessential items from the sales floor or rope off the items so shoppers can't access them.

President Donald Trump acknowledged that Black people have been disproportionately hit by the virus and are dying at a high rate.

Also hard hit are the elderly with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, cardiac disease, and people who are HIV-positive.

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A Missouri man was arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat after he recorded himself licking personal hygiene items on a shelf in a Walmart store.

Cody Lee Pfister, 26, posted a video of himself licking a row of deodorants at the Warrenton Walmart on March 11. "Who's scared of coronavirus?" he asked as he licked the items.

Pfister was identified by outraged citizens and arrested on Monday, March 23.

The Warrenton Police Department announced the arrest on its Facebook page, saying police received calls from concerned local residents, as well as foreigners in the Netherlands, Ireland and the United Kingdom to report the video.

"We take this incident very seriously, especially with this infectious disease and the state that the country is in," Lt. Justin Unger told NBC News. "We take these things seriously to protect our community."

Pfister's attorney, Patrick J. Coyne, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his client's behavior was "immature" and "impulsive" and he shouldn't be treated like a criminal.

That "public conduct that was immature on March 10 looks completely different through the lens of today," Coyne said. "Everything has changed at warp sped, but that should not work retroactively and convert a tasteless and impulsive act into a criminal terrorist threat."

Pfister is being held in jail without bail. He appeared in court Wednesday and his next hearing is set for May.

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A Walmart store in Fort Pierce, Florida admits misusing $20,000 of a gift donation from Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack to pay off 350 layaways for Christmas.

TCPalm.com reports Mack's foundation approached store management and asked to "be a secret Santa."

Mack, a native of Fort Pierce, donated $80,000 to the Walmart location to pay off 350 layaways totaling $60,000.

The store manager disbursed the remaining $20,000 to store employees. It isn't clear if the manager intentionally overinflated the total cost of the layaways.

In a statement, a Walmart spokesman admitted the store management "misused" the $20,000.

"We have determined the site did not handle the transaction in keeping with Walmart's guidelines and have taken corrective action," company spokesperson Delia Garcia said in a statement.

A store employee alerted Walmart's corporate office to the misused funds. The whistleblower did not receive a share of the $20,000.

Garcia did not say how many employees received the $20,000.

Mack's charitable donation made headlines after the store sent out a tweet, writing: "If you have an active Holiday Layaway account at your local Ft. Pierce Walmart, your account has been paid off!"

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