- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A deputy chief says Columbus police correctly used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse crowds after Ohio State’s football championship, but he concedes the response could have been handled better.

Police estimated 5,000 people converged on a campus-area street after the Buckeyes beat Oregon on Jan. 12. The department has said revelers ignored requests to clear the streets and emergency personnel couldn’t get through to respond to fires.

Police supervisors’ reports were reviewed by Deputy Chief Thomas Quinlan, who tells The Columbus Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1ANJH8f ) pepper spray was an appropriate response to the unruly crowd. But Quinlan says Columbus police should have better communicated with the university and its police during preparations, and backup officers should have been stationed closer to campus.

Complaints about the tear gas are being reviewed.



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