City settles with woman knocked down by officer in melee
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) A woman who said a police sergeant shoved her over a bench when University of Arizona fans protested the basketball team's NCAA tournament loss has reached a $100,000 settlement with the city of Tucson.
Christina Gardilcic was walking to a parking garage as Wildcats fans took to the streets March 29, 2014, hurling beer bottles and firecrackers at officers, who used pepper spray to disperse the crowd.
A video shows Gardilcic talking on the phone when Sgt. Joel Mann knocks her over a bench. She said she suffered back spasms and a bruised left arm.
The city denied her $375,000 claim, so she sued the sergeant, Police Chief Roberto Villasenor and Tucson.
The Pima County Attorney's Office found no criminal intent in Mann's actions but says he was ''overzealous.''