Riot on University Boulevard


Savannah Douglas

Savannah Douglas / The Daily Wildcat

Crowds on University Boulevard have disbanded after Tucson Police Department officers used force on rioting fans.

Riot police formed a line across University Boulevard following the conclusion of the game. Officers on motorcycles circled fans lined up along University Boulevard. Fans then began throwing smoke bombs, beer and objects at the line of police.

Riot police responded by hurling pepper canisters and shooting pepper balls at fans. Dozens of students and fans were shot with pepper balls by riot police, including a Daily Wildcat editor.

At least nine crowd members were taken into custody, according to Sgt. Pete Dugan, a TPD spokesperson.

At least one person was taken behind the police line and beaten by an officer. Check back for more.