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• The Wall Street Journal this morning reports that local authorities and a lawyer representing the man trampled by Black Friday crowds at a Long Island, NY, Walmart, all are saying that the company should have had better crowd control measures in place. Other reports are saying that Jdimytai Damour, the victim of the human stampede, was not adequately trained by the retailer to cope with the crowds.

The Journal writes that “Wal-Mart defended the precautions it took at the Long Island store. The retailer said it set up barricades, hired third-party security guards and had extra staff on hand. Security is handled on a store-by-store basis, according to Wal-Mart spokesman David Tovar.”

The attorney representing Damour’s family said a decision has not yet been made about a possible lawsuit, though New York State laws may restrict options here.

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