Orlando Sends Out Riot Police to Shoe Store

I will never under­stand shoe riots.

Never.

More than 100 law enforce­ment offi­cers in riot gear broke up an out-of-control crowd wait­ing to buy a new bas­ket­ball shoe timed to be released dur­ing the NBA All-Star Game in Orlando.

Author­i­ties say there were no injuries or arrests late Thurs­day out­side the Florida Mall. The crowd began get­ting unruly around 9:45 p.m. as hun­dreds of peo­ple packed the park­ing lot as they waited to pur­chase the $220, limited-edition Nike Foam­pos­ite One.

The Orlando Sen­tinel reports the crowd was asked to wait across the street when the mall closed at 9 p.m. But one per­son ran toward Foot Locker and the crowd followed.

Author­i­ties formed a line and used shields to push back the crowd. Deputies on loud­speak­ers announced there would be no shoe release.

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