Tucson Police Arrest 15 After UA Basketball Game; Video Shows Woman Blindsided by Cop

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A woman getting thrown off her feet by a police officer, who's behind the man in the foreground.


Police in Tucson donned riot gear Saturday night to deal with crowds of people who watched a live feed of UA basketball lose to Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament.

The result: Fifteen people were arrested -- nine of whom are UA students -- while police used several crowd-control devices, and a video has surfaced of a woman getting a blindsided shove from a police officer.

According to a statement from the Tucson PD, officers from Tucson and UA police departments asked people to move out of the streets from Main Gate Square -- a district with bars and restaurants that abuts the UA campus.

According to the Tucson PD statement:
The majority of the crowd did not respond to the dispersal order and began throwing beer bottles, beer cans, and firecrackers at the officers. Several firecrackers rolled underneath a patrol vehicle deployed with the Mobile Field Force Units. As the crowd began to move closer to the officers, pepper ball rounds were used in an attempt to disperse the crowd. Several individuals continued to advance at the officers and were taken into custody.
Fifteen people were arrested, and three of those people sustained "minor injuries" during their arrests, according to the Tucson PD statement.

Tucson PD reports using four foam baton rounds, two other non-lethal rounds, nine aerosol pepper-spray vapor canisters, and 200 pepper-spray rounds.

"At this time it appears no officers were injured during the incident and the only damage reported was a street sign that had been knocked over," the statement says.

Meanwhile, video has surfaced of a woman getting blindsided by an officer during all of this. She appears in the video only for a second or two before being taken to the ground, but she and another person appear to just be casually walking toward the crowd she's shoved hard onto a bench.



Tucson PD didn't immediately respond to New Times' request for comment this morning, but the local paper of record, the Arizona Daily Star, reports that TPD's internal affairs division is reviewing the video.

UPDATE 9:37 a.m.: Here's a video that shows some of what was going on between police and UA fans:


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32 comments
Cris Cross
Cris Cross

Police are the biggest pussies in town. Seems to me more than half the violence and destruction only happens after they show up. Fucking morons.

robert_graham
robert_graham

A new law must be apssed allowing police to quell riots with deadly force. That would surely get people to think twice before throwing bottles, rocks and attacking police.

Richard Garrison
Richard Garrison

I had my run in with the Tucson police too, many years ago! F'ing bastards! I was18 yrs old and it took 7 of those fat ass bastards to subdue me.

Richard Davenport
Richard Davenport

Michael Ray the last time I checked this was a free country. people have the right to assemble. there was no serious damage or anything getting out of control until the Tucson Police Department escalated the situation. I saw lots of videos on this from friends that were personally there. the police department had no right what so ever to attack that crowd. no one physically touched them until they began assaulting people. and seriously 7 officers to take out one drunk man. they could have triEd walking up to them and putting them in handcuffs calmly first

Phillip Toledo
Phillip Toledo

They must get the cops these days straight out of special ed classes with the lowest intelligence possible. He didn't have to assault the girl. He could have steered her in the right direction instead. Bunch of clown cops they hire these days.

Richard Davenport
Richard Davenport

I've seen several videos on this, the Tucson Police did a very poor job at crowd control. they should have exercise a whole lot more patience, and use a little tact to diffuse the situation. their actions only caused more problems. once again the police department has embarassed the state of Arizona. but for once it wasn't Joe Arpaio!!

dtmac
dtmac

Police deny the right to peaceful assembly, declare it an "unlawful assembly", and then instigate a riot, so they can play with their toys. The over militarized police in this country need to be muzzled like a bad dog. Next time they ask for bond money, just vote NO!

james8394
james8394

Well, at least the Tucson cops handled it better than the Albuquerque cops would have, meaning nobody died. 

Eric Higgins
Eric Higgins

Obviously can't see the whole scene, and yeah you should disperse if the police say disperse, but man she seemed to be just walking by. That was pretty rough.

Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith

"Blindsides Woman"? Impossible to tell being the cop and woman were already in motion as they came into the camera's view. Fukk'n typical NEW TIMES sensationalism.

Julez Allen Julian
Julez Allen Julian

Alan Nielsen I just saw the police push really hard why aren't the other officers reacting the same? Where exactly do suggest people go who "hate cops"?

Kyle Hague
Kyle Hague

you totally beat me to this one, Diane :)

Andrea Babb Sargent
Andrea Babb Sargent

If you are swarming the street, ignoring police orders to leave, you did that to yourself. I will never understand people who think they don't have to listen to the police, or the people who run TOWARDS problems, rather than away. Not saying she deserved it, but she put herself in that position.

jeanjb
jeanjb

freakin PIGS!!!!

Chris Duran
Chris Duran

Bunch of pissed off college kids being drunk and disorderly cause their team lost. Should have tackled all of em

Margaret Hickey Iverson
Margaret Hickey Iverson

No riot. No property damage. Bars emptied out after game and police in riot gear swarmed street

Chris Yukubousky
Chris Yukubousky

Oh no, people were rioting and paid the consequences. What will be next? Arresting the guilty? Gasp!

Alan Nielsen
Alan Nielsen

she need it if you want to get out there and play then you take what is given to you the police told every one to leave if you don't you get what you get duh. but then all you police haters out there maybe you should go somewhere where you don't like cops oh I forgot you need to yell at something. maybe yourself instead of police. like I said you want to play and they tell you to leave maybe you should think twice or if I know all of the police haters you will complain anyway. You all like drama.

Cheryl Perez
Cheryl Perez

because there cops they think they are above the law!

Ian Flynn
Ian Flynn

That was heavy handed, but when you are asked to disperse not a good idea to walk TOWARDS the melee when the officers are agitated and hyper vigilant!

Diane D'Angelo
Diane D'Angelo

If it had happened in Phoenix, New Times would be posting mug shots of the arrestees for people to mock.

Kimberly Lawrence-Haslett
Kimberly Lawrence-Haslett

way to keep it classy Tucson police, this made international news. Thinks it's time for a new chief in town, as he doens't seem able to keep the goons in check.

Dan Thompson
Dan Thompson

Nick Groves another cop that's needs to be ran over.....

Erik Bradley
Erik Bradley

Punk...more than a few behave in this manner

Timothy D Little
Timothy D Little

Seems like the Tuscon police need a bit of re training when it comes to crowd control. shitty job.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

There already are justification laws on the books Robert.

They are ARS 13-404 and ARS 13-405.

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