As Kentucky Celebrates, Riot Police Move in

Police use only small amounts of pepper spray, arrest 10
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2012 6:29 AM CDT
As Kentucky Celebrates, Riot Police Move in
Ethen Farley yells with other Kentucky fans as they celebrate Kentucky's 69-61 win over Louisville in an NCAA Final Four semifinal college basketball tournament game, Saturday, March 31, 2012, in Lexington, Ky.   (AP Photo/The Courier-Journal, James Crisp)

Thousands of Kentucky basketball fans responded to the team's Final Four win last night by overturning cars and lighting couches on fire, reports the AP. Police had been prepared for rioting, and responded with about 150 officers and small amounts of pepper spray. "It's a fairly difficult situation, but not anything we didn't plan for," said a Lexington police spokeswoman, noting there were fewer than 10 arrests made and few injuries. At no point had the rowdiness "gotten out of control," said the spokeswoman. At one point, however, fire-extinguisher-wielding cops were dodging flying beer bottles, notes the Lexington Herald-Leader. (More Kentucky stories.)

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