The latest version of the popular Air Jordan sneakers is apparently in such high demand that police were called to shopping malls in metro Atlanta and around the country to deal with large crowds lining up for the shoes.
Atlanta officers were dispatched to Lenox Square around 4 a.m. to handle a large crowd that had gathered outside the mall. Atlanta police Sgt. Curtis Davenport told the AJC that one man was ticketed for disorderly conduct, but was not taken to jail.
Officers also responded to The Mall at Stonecrest, where DeKalb police say one person was arrested and three others who were detained may face charges after questioning.
DeKalb police arrested a woman who left two children, ages 2 and 5, in a car while she went inside to buy a pair of the $180 Nike Air Jordan “Concords.”
A large crowd was also reported in Cobb County at Cumberland Mall.
There were also problems at other malls around the country.
The shoes are a remake of Air Jordans released in 1996, the year the Chicago Bulls went 72-10 during the regular season and won their fourth NBA championship with Michael Jordan. Jordan also wore the shoes in the movie “Space Jam,” which hit theaters the same year.
More in this report from the AJC