Mar 31, 2014 1:44 AM by Sam Salzwedel
TUCSON - Tucson Police say they followed procedures they had been planning for months after they arrested 15 people on University Boulevard.
"This isn't the first time Tucson has been here and dealt with stuff like this," Sgt. Pete Dugan said. "We've been hearing all the complaints that we were excessive and things like that as well. Which you'll be able to see, I think, from what we have, that we gave these dispersal orders over and over and over. And the crowd was not responding to it."
Jonathan Graham is the general manager of Frog and Firkin. He was working at his bar near Saturday's police action.
"They did a wonderful job," Graham said. "I can't thank them enough. And I actually went out and thanked the guys that were left, because they set up the perimeter. They were here all night."
A YouTube user posted a video called "WATCH: Innocent girl gets taken down by Tucson Police Officer..." In the video, a young woman appeared to be walking toward a line of police officers when she was pushed over a bench.
Police made 15 arrests. Nine people were currently enrolled at the University of Arizona. The Dean of Students will consider further punishment for their actions.
Dugan said the night went well, considering there were no major injuries to officers or protesters, and there was no major property damage.
The department will review officers' actions that night, including video from dozens of cameras worn by officers. The process may take weeks.
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