Wal-Mart Stores Inc agreed to improve its post-Thanksgiving Day crowd control as a condition of avoiding criminal prosecution in the fatal stampede of frenzied holiday shoppers at a Long Island store.
In a settlement made public with the district attorney of New York’s Nassau County and the world’s largest retailer also agreed to set up a $400,000 victims’ compensation fund, donate $1.5 million to the community and provide 50 jobs annually to high school students in the area.
The deal came as a result of the DA’s investigation into the death of a 34-year-old security guard, Jdimytai Damour, who was knocked to the ground and trampled to death in the early morning hours on the Friday after Thanksgiving as shoppers stormed a Wal-Mart.
The retailer did not admit guilt or wrongdoing in its settlement with DA Kathleen Rice. It did agree to have independent safety experts review its crowd management plans for post-Thanksgiving events at all 92 of its New York stores.