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City settles with woman knocked down by officer in melee

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 8, 2015 at 12:21 p.m.



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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."

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