Hundreds of University of Arizona students took to the streets following their school’s 64-63 loss to Wisconsin in the NCAA basketball tournament.
By most accounts, the Tucson Police Department handled the crowd well. No officers or rioters were severely injured and the only property damage that took place was a fallen street sign. Some troubling video footage from the night is receiving a lot of attention, though.
A student cell phone video shows a female pedestrian being blindsided by a police officer. The girl is seen on the footage walking around when, suddenly, a police officer knocks her off of her feet. According to the student who filmed the event, Phoebe Landolt, the girl was looking for her car when she was taken down.
“These girls had been trying to get to their car,” Landolt said. “The girl is on her phone not paying attention and this cop came out of her nowhere and just leveled her. After that everyone just started yelling and she started crying.”
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The Tucson Police Department announced today that they will review all complaints of excessive force from the event. Fifteen people were arrested during the riot after it was declared an unlawful assembly by police. When students failed to disperse in accordance with police orders, officers used pepper balls, pepper spray, and rubber projectiles to clear the crowd.