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Kentucky mall brawl kicks off Black Friday violence

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Friday, November 27, 2015, 12:23 AM

A police officer tears apart two men that fought each other at a food court inside the Mall St. Matthews in Louisville, Ky., on Thanksgiving.  @DaddyWeaknd via Twitter

A police officer tears apart two men that fought each other at a food court inside the Mall St. Matthews in Louisville, Ky., on Thanksgiving. 

Enlarge The two men fought each other for at least 30 seconds in a packed food court at the Mall St. Matthews in Louisville, Ky., on Thursday night. @DaddyWeaknd via Twitter

The two men fought each other for at least 30 seconds in a packed food court at the Mall St. Matthews in Louisville, Ky., on Thursday night.

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Call it Black-eye Friday.

Brawling shoppers heralded the start of Black Friday madness at a Louisville, Ky., mall on Thanksgiving night, wrestling each other to the ground in a packed food court.

The fracas knocked a woman to the floor as shoppers at Mall St. Matthews gawked at the sight of two unidentified men slapping, punching and tearing at each other’s shirts.

A police officer broke up the fight, as shown in video capturing 30 seconds of the melee. It’s unclear who or what sparked the fight or if the assailants face criminal charges.

At least one participant in the fight was shown being ushered out of the food court by his friends. He made sure to pick up a shopping bag he had dropped on the floor.

The clash is the latest in violence to plague Black Friday — the busiest shopping day of the year for big box stores and malls.

A shooter wounded one person who was left with non-life threatening injuries outside an Alexandria, La., mall on Thursday night, but local authorities quickly determined the attack had nothing to do with Black Friday.

Big crowds drawn to Black Friday have drawn scrutiny for unruly behavior especially after the 2008 trampling death of a Walmart worker in Long Island.

nhensley@nydailynews.com


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