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LMPD: Pepper balls needed to disperse crowds

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Chief Steve Conrad Chief Steve Conrad
One of the arrests made during the UofL victory celebration. One of the arrests made during the UofL victory celebration.
From Air 3, we saw these fans riding on the hood of a car. From Air 3, we saw these fans riding on the hood of a car.
Some of the fans celebrating in Cardinal Towne. Some of the fans celebrating in Cardinal Towne.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Monday night was an exciting one for Louisville Cardinal fans and Tuesday has been an exciting day. Areas all over Louisville were flooded with fans in the streets right after the national championship win, but the celebrations didn't go without problems.

Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad said fans, for the most part, celebrated the Cards win well, but for that small group that needed police intervention it was disappointing.

"There were incidents along Broadway and on campus of officers being assaulted by people throwing bottles and other items at them," said Conrad. "Officers associated with our special response team were wearing the appropriate gear for that type of response."

The gear was ballistic helmets and raid gear. One officer was taken to the hospital for a head injury. When the assaults escalated, Conrad said pepper balls were used.

"There was no tear gas used," said Conrad, "we used a pepper ball delivery system which essentially are marble sized pepper delivery systems for lack of a better term."

Ryan MacDonald was one of the fans given a citation for lighting a roman candle on Cardinal Boulevard.

"I made sure I shot them high and above the buildings and after it went out I stepped on it, cracked it, and next thing you know police officers grabbed me," said MacDonald.

While there were some problems and 27 arrests, Conrad said overall people behaved themselves well.

"27 arrests given the thousands and thousands of people who came out to celebrate are really very, very small in the scope of what we saw last night," said Conrad.

Conrad also said they have no doubt the UofL women's team will have the same success; they're planning those precautions for the celebrations afterwards.

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