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Police release body cam video of Sgt. caught shoving student

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Police release body cam video of Sgt. caught shoving student

By Justin Schecker. CREATED Jul 2, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson Police have released new body worn camera video from its officers at the disturbance on University Blvd after the University of Arizona WIldcats' loss in the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament.

Police also made available the Board of Inquiry's review of the department's actions on the night of March 29. 

"Overall, the incident was handled appropriately, insofar as the crowd was dispersed in a fairly short time frame with no significant injury or property damage," it says in the conclusion. 

Still, the report raises questions about the actions of a police sergeant caught on cell phone camera shoving a UA student over a bench across from the Dunkin Donuts.

"The board determined that Sgt. Joel Mann's use of force of three individuals during two separate incidents was inappropriate," the report says, "And should be referred to his chain of command for review of potential policy violations and dispositions." 

For the first time, the public is seeing the dramatic shove of student Christina Gardilcic from Sgt. Mann's perspective. The video from his body worn camera is among the new 37 videos released by TPD late Wednesday afternoon. 

Video of the second incident involving Sgt. Mann was captured about 8 minutes before the much seen takedown.  

In the video, Sgt. Mann shouts "move" multiple times, before shoving a young woman into a man sitting in a chair. The man replies "can we get up," but Sgt. Mann gives them no time to get out of the way. He also shoves the man another time with one hand. 

"The FBI is in the process of conducting a review for any civil rights violations on the actions of Sgt. Joel Mann," the report says.  

Police cleared the entire crowd from University Blvd. within 54 minutes, according to the report. The total cost of riot preparation and the police presence that night was more than $95 thousand dollars.   

Justin Schecker

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Justin Schecker reports for KGUN 9 ON Your Side at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00. He joined KGUN9 in September of 2012 and spent his first year in Tucson covering overnight breaking news for Good Morning Tucson.