The University of Arizona Wildcats’ narrow 64-63 overtime loss to the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday night prompted angry riots in the streets of Tucson, which included aggressive actions from both Arizona fans and the Tucson Police Department.
Tucson Police had lined up outside of bars on University Boulevard before the end of the game. Several Wildcat fans left the bars intoxicated and frustrated with the police presence, throwing beer bottles, cans and fireworks at the officers. Officers fired back by shooting hundreds of pepper grenades and arresting 15 fans on misdemeanor charges, according to KVOA.com.
One man challenged dozens of officials all by himself.[tweet https://twitter.com/KellyPresnell/statuses/450143261089230848 align=”center”]
The University’s student newspaper, The Daily Wildcat, live tweeted the short-lived but chaotic confrontations between Arizona students and authorities.[tweet https://twitter.com/dailywildcat/status/450114785267306496 align=”center”] [tweet https://twitter.com/dailywildcat/status/450118328988618752 align=”center”] [tweet https://twitter.com/dailywildcat/status/450123294704799745 align=”center”] [tweet https://twitter.com/dailywildcat/status/450129794118582272 align=”center”]
Despite the wild scene, police reported only minor injuries and no property damage.
Check out the rowdy crowds after the game in the video below.