Del City police Lt. Steve Robinson disagreed that excessive force was used. He said only one of the protesters arrested was combative.
Suit said one of the protesters was booked on a complaint of resisting
Walmart spokesman Dan Fogleman would not comment specifically on the behavior of either the protesters or the police but said the store is working with officers as the incident is investigated and had specifically asked that police be at the store during Black Friday.
“It's important to note we have taken a lot of steps in our stores to maintain a safe shopping environment,” Fogleman said.
“As part of these plans, our store worked with police to have officers at the store during the event.”
The protesters were taken to the Del City jail and booked on the misdemeanor complaints. No serious injuries were reported at the store.
Five protesters were still in jail late Friday morning, Faulk said. He said he posted $565 bail and was released.
“I am honestly just shocked by the behavior of the Del City Police Department and the Walmart management,” Faulk said.
Officials at the Del City jail would not say Friday afternoon whether the remaining five protesters had been released on bail.