Tucson riot update: Police chief asks for patience from public during investigation

TUCSON, AZ - Tucson police asked the community on Tuesday to give them some time to investigate the allegations and evidence from a clash between the police and University of Arizona fans on March 29, according to a Facebook post from Chief of Police Roberto A. Villasenor.

After the Wildcats lost to Wisconsin on March 29, fans took to the streets. In the aftermath, 15 people were arrested for throwing beer bottles at police. The police used pepper spray to gets the fans to stop.

A video of a woman being shoved onto a bench by an officer during the clash was also sent to ABC15 by a viewer.

View portions of the video in the player below:

“I am duty bound to weigh all of the evidence in this situation, which necessarily involves consideration of differing perspectives, statements and viewpoints,” Villasenor wrote.

Villasenor said the department did use additional police resources to patrol that night after the Elite 8 game because of what happened after the Wildcats’ win in the Sweet 16.

“It is important to acknowledge that there were numerous people present on Saturday night who came out expressly for the purpose of causing a disturbance,” he said.

The police chief said he wants to take the necessary time to conduct an investigation and asked the public for patience, but added that the department wouldn’t hide its findings.

“We are not an organization that shies away from being self-critical and holding ourselves accountable,” Villasenor said.

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