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Police fire pepper spray at students after game

Police Pepper Spray, Arrest Fans After Arizona Loss

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Tucson police said Saturday night that they shot pepper spray at several hundred fans who took to the streets and threw beer bottles and firecrackers at officers after the University of Arizona basketball team's overtime loss in the NCAA tournament.

There were no reports of injuries to fans or officers, but 15 people were arrested for offenses such as resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly, Tucson police Sgt. Pete Dugan said. Of those arrested, 14 were released, and one was sent to Pima County jail. He said those advancing on officers were arrested. The street was clear and the crowd was gone by late Saturday.

Dugan said crowds leaving bars and restaurants near campus after the game filled University Boulevard and wouldn't leave despite urging through a PA system and social media declaring it an unlawful assembly.

Police brought in cruisers and a unit of officers with batons, helmets and face masks to block the street when people started tossing beer bottles, cans and firecrackers, hitting police vehicles and endangering officers.

Officers fired pepper spray, pepper canisters and pepper balls, which disperse into the air when they hit, Dugan said. No tear gas was used despite some reports.

A witness, David Kitaeff, told The Associated Press that the incident started innocently with people taking photos, but then "people got in cops' faces." He said fans were throwing drink cans at officers, whom he saw marching down University Boulevard.

Arizona lost 64-63 to Wisconsin in the West Region final Saturday in Anaheim, Calif.

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Gerry March 30 2014 at 7:46 PM

If anyone of those students were my kid, I'd have pulled him out of school and made him sling hamburgers for a couple years.

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emoore2927 Gerry March 30 2014 at 8:50 PM

I used to manage a major hotel in the French Quarter in New Orleans. We often hosted fraternity and sorority parties from out-of-town colleges on the weekends. I have never met a bigger bunch of self-entitled brats in my entire life. Binge drinking, drugs and sexual promiscuity were the norm. I weep for the future if these are to be our leaders.

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db1219 March 30 2014 at 5:05 PM

I will never understand why people get so worked up about sports. I am a HUGE sports fan. I LOVE the NY Yankees, the NY Rangers, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the UCONN basketball teams, Penn State football, and other sports. But I would never be part of a riot against the police because a team I support lost a game.

Hey, kids, here's something to learn----IT'S JUST A GAME!!!!!

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tekmaint March 30 2014 at 8:46 AM

Come people they are our future leaders of this country. They are just practicing to be the take the place of the idiots we have in office now.

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Kristine tekmaint March 30 2014 at 10:01 AM

Actually they are practicing what they have been taught by television and movies. Everything that they have been brought up on is aggression. By the way, it's not just the idiots in office now...Bushie Boy started it with aggression in a country that we had no business moving on. It's just continued with this administration. Our whole society is built on a "bully" mentality. It's no excuse for the stupid behavior, but that's what we have set up for the young people of our country.

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onemadashell Kristine March 30 2014 at 8:19 PM

no it is those currently in office that show them it is ok to behave that way. jus tlook at how many get away with acting like that.

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pty014372 March 30 2014 at 6:44 PM

Typical thug behavior.

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havingfun8910 March 30 2014 at 8:33 AM

I wish I could say something smart ass about the student from the
school, but after KY beat Louisville on Fri night the UK people set fire to a couch or two!! While cops and firefighter LET them do it!!! So Arizona you have a long way to go in being the program that UK is. We have the most wins in history and the MOST STUPID FANS IN HISTORY!!!

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onemadashell havingfun8910 March 30 2014 at 8:21 PM

why did England get involved? didn't know they had a team over here that was allowed to play.

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flyingfortresb17 March 30 2014 at 6:19 PM

And they would have rioted had Arizona won. NO class at all.

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jcooltrane March 30 2014 at 7:53 AM

Damn , take the loss in stride..

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Robin March 30 2014 at 7:41 PM

In Lexington after UK beat UL only about three people were arrested but there were 35 fires set! Glad no ine else had a fire!!!! Real class!!!!!

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universalspeed March 30 2014 at 3:25 PM

Let each occurrence ( such as this piece) be experimental proof, time and again, that societal breakdown is not caused by reasons that are particularly sound in nature.

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greatbirdusa March 30 2014 at 3:37 PM

---------------- Go Badgers ------------------
That was a Great Game and yes, ref was correct...

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BroPower greatbirdusa March 30 2014 at 3:42 PM

Frosting on the cake, watching Arizona riot... ;-)

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