TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Repeating a scene from 13 years ago, several hundred Arizona fans and Tucson police clashed in the streets late Saturday following the University of Arizona basketball team's loss to Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament.
Authorities said 15 people were arrested after fans hurled beer bottles and firecrackers at officers, who then used pepper spray to disperse the crowd. ...
"We've been training for this event for several months now," said Sgt. Pete Dugan of the Tucson police department. … Police brought in cruisers and a unit of officers with batons, helmets and face masks to block the street when people started tossing beer bottles, cans and firecrackers, hitting police vehicles and endangering officers.
Crowd control is an ugly business, especially when the crowd is unhappy or doesn't get what it wants. Celebrations can turn to melees in moments.
The most famous of all crowd control crises came on the heels of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The crowds lined the road, jubilantly waiving palm branches and shouting happy Hosannas. Just days later, the same crowds--protesting their disappointment in their king-turned-criminal--began chanting feverishly for his death. "Crucify Him! Crucify Him!" (Mark 15:13).
They wanted one thing--an earthly king to overthrow their tyrannical oppressors. They got another--a humble, suffering servant, come to save them from their sins. And so they rejected him.
The Lord wasn't surprised by the reaction. Like the Tucson police department, He'd been preparing well in advance and was ready to meet the challenge.
We've all had our Palm Sunday and Good Friday moments. Those times when we've come to expect one thing from God, but receive another.
How will you respond to the Savior?
Will you mock and scorn Him for failing to meet your immediate expectations? Or will you continue to shout your Hosannas and patiently wait for Easter morning, where all the disappointments are turned into glorious rejoicing?
"So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, 'Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!'” (John 12:13).