Grandpa manhandled during Black Friday melee gets settlement

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

BUCKEYE, Ariz. -- It was a Black Friday that turned black and blue for one west Valley shopper. But now, he's seeing "green," after an out-of-court settlement brought his family $30K.

Jerry Newman was slammed onto the ground by police during the 2011 Black Friday madness at a Walmart in Buckeye. The incident was captured on video. And it all happened in front of his young grandson. "Never go there on Black Friday," says Nick Nora, Newman's grandson. "Because if you go, you will get hurt."

Newman's family pursued legal action against Walmart and the City of Buckeye for manhandling him during the shopping melee. Now the City of Buckeye has reached an out-of-court settlement with the Newmans for $30K. The family had asked for half a million.

The victim's wife spoke out Monday from her home in Fontana, California. Pam Newman says it's been a long and stressful few years since the incident happened. And she says while the $30K payment may seem like a lot, it only covered her family's attorney fees and medical bills.

"We are still suffering, emotionally," she says in a statement. "We are both still afraid of crowded places. Jerry still has headaches. He never had headaches before. And my grandson is in therapy. The minute we got insurance, he went into therapy."

At the time, Newman was accused of shoplifting for allegedly putting a video game under his shirt. Charges were later dropped. His wife says he was not resisting arrest.

"Trying to get away from the mob? Yeah," says Pam Newman. "Resisting arrest and not knowing why you're getting grabbed? No."

Buckeye police stand by their officers. "There are witnesses that are reporting that our officers did everything they could to control the subject," says Buckeye Police Chief Mark Mann.

But Newman disgrees. "The little people, the everyday, ordinary people, mean nothing to Walmart nor the City of Buckeye," her statement reads.

The Newmans have also received a separate settlement from Walmart, and it was less than the City of Buckeye paid out. Numerous emails and phone calls to the City of Buckeye from 3TV were not returned.