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Tucson police consider options for unruly crowds

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The Tucson Police Department is considering a change in tactics while dealing with unruly crowds in the aftermath of a raucous gathering following the University of Arizona's loss in the NCAA tournament.

A review of the department's response found that insufficient staffing levels hindered the ability to quickly arrest people.

The review also found that the lights and sirens of police cars, along with officer dressed in riot gear, may have agitated the crowd.

In a memo to the city manager this week, Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor said the department will consider the effect that a large and visible police presence has on unruly crowds. He also noted that an officer involved in arresting people will be disciplined after the review found inappropriate use of force.

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