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Arizona woman settles Tucson riot lawsuit for $100K

PHOENIX — A young woman who was slammed to the ground by a
policeman during a melee in Tucson has settled a lawsuit against the city for $100,000.

A video of the disturbance showed Christina Gardilcic talking on a phone near an unruly crowd March 29, 2014, shortly after the University of Arizona’s basketball team had fallen in the NCAA basketball tournament.

Officers trying to control the crowd went into action as the large group of students and other became wilder.

Gardilcic, a student at the school, was walking near the crowd when Sgt. Joel Mann knocked her over a bench.

She said the attack caused back spasms and bruised an arm.

The Pima County Attorney’s Office found no criminal intent,
but admitted Mann, an 18-year veteran, had been “overzealous.”

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)