U of A student shoved by officer speaks out

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona student who was caught in a melee last weekend said she's getting out of state for a few days because of the intense attention this case has garnered nationwide.

Riots sparked in Tucson after Arizona's Elite 8 loss to Wisconsin on March 29.

Video of Christina Gardilcic getting shoved made news around the world. Tucson police have confirmed it was Sgt. Joel Mann who delivered the brutal shove, which appears to come out of the blue as she's crossing the street.

In a phone interview, Gardilcic said Mann actually caught her right across the upper left arm and she has the bruise to show for it.

Gardilcic said right before this happened she and her friends were trying to skirt the edge of the riots to get back to their car and get out of the chaos. She said she never saw or heard any warning.

"The next thing I know I was like shoved on the bench," said Gardilcic. "I was very shocked at first. I didn't really know what happened. I thought I ran into something. I had no idea. I got up and saw the officer and heard people yelling."

Gardilcic said the ordeal has taken a toll on her emotionally.

"The whole situation has been very stressful. At the time I mean it hurt I cried at the time but now when I see it I think that sad emotion has shifted more toward anger."

Gardilcic does have a lawyer and said right now she's still considering her options.

Tucson police said Mann is receiving threats because of this. Gardilcic said she wishes people would stop the hate and let the system work.

Gardilcic said she wants an apology from police.