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Walmart employee sues for $50 million, says company knew about gunman’s troubling behavior

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A Walmart employee who says she narrowly missed being shot as a manager opened fire inside a Chesapeake store last week filed a $50 million lawsuit against the company Tuesday, alleging the company ignored her complaints about his troubling behavior in the months prior to the deadly shooting.

The lawsuit states that Donya Prioleau, who had been working at the Sam’s Circle Walmart as an overnight stocker and trainer for more than a year, was in the break room when the shooting happened and she narrowly avoided being shot. Six store employees were shot and killed when police said 31-year-old Andre Bing, an overnight manager for Walmart, entered the break room and began shooting people before killing himself.

Prioleau’s lawsuit, filed in Chesapeake Circuit Court, outlines a series of complaints she made about Bing in the two months prior to the shooting. According to the lawsuit, Prioleau said Bing harassed her and made comments about her age, asking “Isn’t your lady clock ticking? Shouldn’t you be having kids?”

She said she submitted a complaint on Sept. 10 to Walmart management. Prioleau’s mother spoke with the store’s manager and was told “there was nothing that could be done about Mr. Bing because he was liked by management,” the lawsuit reads.

—The Virginian-Pilot

 

Mayor Adams to use broader reading of state law to remove mentally ill from NYC streets

NEW YORK — New York City police and mental health clinicians who engage emotionally disturbed people on streets and subways will now be armed with a much broader interpretation of state law to institutionalize those who pose a risk to themselves or others.

That broader, more defined legal reading will likely result in the city placing more mentally ill homeless people into hospitals against their will.

Mayor Eric Adams announced Tuesday that he issued a new directive to city agencies clarifying the way first responders and other city workers should approach those exhibiting acute mental distress — and what steps city employees are permitted to take to remove those people from a public space against their will.

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