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Mar 30, 2014 2:37 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Tucson Police arrest 15 after Wildcat loss

TUCSON - Tucson Police made 15 arrests on University Boulevard after Arizona's basketball team lost in the NCAA tournament, according to Tucson Police Lt. Chris Wildblood.

Tucson Police had dozens of officers staged around the bars all day. They expected the possible unruly crowd after a similar situation just 2 days earlier. Fans closed the road after the Wildcats won their Sweet 16 game against San Diego State.

Fans quietly left the bars shortly after Saturday's game, but after it looked like the night would end calmly, a group of people took over the streetcar stop at Main Gate Square.

Officers lined the streets and people started to throw bottles, cans and even fireworks at police. Police fired at least 200 pepper balls and used 9 pepper canisters to push the crowd back. They also fired 2 plastic projectiles and 4 foam batons. They did not use tear gas or rubber bullets, according to Wildblood.

Of the 15 arrests, all were misdemeanors. 3 arrestees had minor injuries. Only 1 was booked in the Pima County Jail. No officers were hurt.

Police did not find any major property damage.

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