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11/25/2011 04:56 pm ET

Black Friday Wal-Mart Violence: Police Taser Man, Arrest Grandpa

If they're not pepper spraying each other or rioting over waffle makers, Black Friday customers are being tasered by cops and being violently arrested for shoplifting.

WAAY reports that cops said they had to use a stun gun to subdue belligerent customer Christopher Blake Pyron at a Wal-Mart in Florence, Ala.

From WAAY:

According to police, Pyron was stumbling and grabbing items and causing a scene in the busy store. An officer tried to get Pyron to calm down, and tried to take him somewhere less crowded. According to investigators, Pyron jerked away and swung at the officer. At that point, the officer grabbed his taser and shot Pyron, taking him to the ground.

Pyron was charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, according to WAAY.

The arrest wasn't the only taser-aided cuffing of this holiday season. Miltord Patch reports that an officer used a stun gun to bring down a man involved in a scuffle at a Wal-Mart on Thursday night.

Then there's the case of the grandpa who was either the victim of a violent police mistake, or a shoplifter taken down with appropriate force, depending on who you ask.

MyFox Phoenix reports that witnesses said a young boy was trampled by bargain-hunting shoppers at a Buckeye, Ariz. Wal-Mart. In an effort to free up his hands so he could protect his grandson, witnesses told the station that the grandpa put a video game in his pants.

But police told a different story. They told MyFox that the man was trying to shoplift and when they tried to question him about the video game, he started "flailing his arms."

Police used a leg sweep to bring the man down. He hit his head and had to be treated at a local hospital, police told the station. He's charged with resisting arrest and shoplifting.

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