Riot police clash with Arizona students after overtime basketball loss

Arizona took a tough loss in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament Saturday night, which to Wildcat fans is apparently the kind of trauma that makes you want to overthrow your government.

A series of remarkable pictures, YouTube videos, and Vines depict students in Tucson clashing with local police, even though reports indicate neither the students nor cops had anything to do with Arizona’s one-point overtime loss to Wisconsin. One Vine captured a man confronting police while he’s shot in the chest by what the police say were “pepper balls.”

One YouTuber caught the same incident on video, though he seemed more concerned with recording a possible “gone wild” moment than the insurrection.

Arizona Daily Star photographer Kelly Presnell caught one fan staring down riot cops like they were a tank in Tiananmen square.

The crowd dispersed after police set off pepper canisers. Incredibly, according to local news reports, the incident resulted in no major injuries and no major property damage. Police arrested more than a dozen people. 

H/T AZStar. Photo of Icelandic riot police via Wikimedia Commons

Kevin Collier

Kevin Collier

A former senior politics reporter for the Daily Dot, Kevin Collier focuses on privacy, cybersecurity, and issues of importance to the open internet. Since leaving the Daily Dot in March 2016, he has served as a reporter for Vocativ and a cybersecurity correspondent for BuzzFeed.