Tucson police identify officer in alleged incident

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by Associated Press

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Posted on April 2, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 2 at 8:00 PM

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Tucson police have released the name of an officer who allegedly shoved a woman during a melee that broke out after the University of Arizona basketball team lost in the NCAA tournament.

Police say Sgt. Joel Mann is an 18-year department veteran and has received several threats after Saturday night's incident near campus.

They say Mann has been given "an alternative duty assignment" as a precaution and the move isn't "indicative of any premature judgment on his actions."

Police say the incident still is being investigated.

Fans took to the streets after the game and hurled beer bottles and firecrackers at police officers, who then used pepper spray to disperse the crowd.

A bystander's cellphone video shows an officer apparently shoving the woman who was walking by into a bench.

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