Police fire pepper spray at Arizona students

TUCSON, Ariz. — Tucson police shot pepper spray at several hundred fans who took to the streets and threw beer bottles and firecrackers at officers Saturday night after the University of Arizona basketball team’s overtime loss to Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament.

Fifteen people were arrested for offenses such as resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly, Tucson police Sgt. Pete Dugan said. Of those, 14 were released, and one was sent to Pima County jail. He said those who advanced on officers were arrested.

No officers or fans were injured in the unrest that lasted more than an hour.

“The majority of the crowd did not respond to the dispersal order and began throwing beer bottles, beer cans and firecrackers at the officers,” Dugan said. “Several of the firecrackers rolled underneath a patrol vehicle that was deployed with the Mobile Field Force Units.”

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


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