Looking Back at Wal-Mart, Looking Forward to Something Else
A lot of discussion has taken place on liberal blogs following the brutal death of Djimytai Damour at a New York store on Black Friday.
At MyDD, folks asked what the event meant about our culture, or pondered what Wal-Mart might have done to prevent the man's death, while over at Daily Kos there was a spirited debate over whether Wal-Mart was even responsible.
I do some work with Wake-Up Wal-Mart-- what they did was raise money to relieve Damour's family. We've been following this story pretty closely. Now it's taken another turn.
Now Leana Lockley, the pregnant woman whom Jdimytai Damour died saving, is telling her tale:
"There were so many people on top of me it just went silent," Lockley said. "I started hearing my teeth grinding in my mouth and my body being crushed. I really thought I lost my baby."
Then Damour came in to save her:
"My back was to the crowd. His chest was facing the crowd. He had his hands up. Unfortunately, the crowd overpowered him. He fell back on me. That's when I fell to the ground. My whole body was flat, my face to the ground. It was dark," she said.
Damour did not only save the woman's life-- he saved her baby as well. She is due in April.
Lockley is suing Wal-Mart, so in response Wal-Mart is sending... diapers. Are we to gather from this that if Wal-Mart were to actually, you know, offer a settlement, they would be admitting that they should have done more to protect their customer Lockley, and their employee Damour?
No, Wal-Mart. You're never responsible for anything.