Things Get All Rioty In Tucson Following Arizona Loss, Police Fire Bean Bags, Pepper Spray
So a rather emotional, controversial loss for Arizona on Saturday: 64-63 to Wisconsin in overtime, featuring a charge call that some thought shouldn’t have been called, plus a bunch of other stuff. It was all a little too much for the kids on the Arizona campus, who got all rioty and challenged Tucson police by refusing to leav ethe street and throwing beer bottles. Pepper spray canisters and bean bag rounds ensued.
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Crowd members yelling "they can't take us all"
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So in Arizona you can try to pass new segregation laws, and it’s cool, but if you lose a basketball game…..
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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.
Meanwhile, here was State Street in Madison Saturday night:
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Anyway, is it cool to riot before the semifinals? Seems like a serious breach of etiquette.