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Sarasota Man Accused of Slapping Police Horse
Herald-Tribune ^ | Friday, August 19, 2011

Posted on 08/21/2011 10:10:19 AM PDT by nickcarraway

A Sarasota man was jailed for slapping a police horse on its hindquarters early Friday morning in downtown St. Petersburg.

The man, 28-year-old Prem Cox, says he was only trying to pet the animal and did not intend to startle or injure it.

"I went over to pet it on the butt and the cop put me in handcuffs," Cox said Friday afternoon. "That's basically how it happened."

An officer said in an arrest report that the horse, "Brooklyn," was startled and lunged forward into a crowded sidewalk.

Cox was jailed on a misdemeanor count of "injuring or killing a police horse" and bonded out for $150.

The report says Cox was under the influence of alcohol.

"I had a couple of beers but I wasn't drunk," he said. "We were eating pizza, the horse walked by and I tried to pet it. That's all that happened."


TOPICS: Local News; Miscellaneous; Pets/Animals
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1 posted on 08/21/2011 10:10:23 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
"I went over to pet it on the butt..."

You better smile when you say that partner!

2 posted on 08/21/2011 10:14:06 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Americans need to wean their government off of its dependence on foreign money.)
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To: nickcarraway

3 posted on 08/21/2011 10:14:58 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway
Police animals are afforded the legal protections of a human police officer.

Your dog --> target practice.

Don't go up to an officer and pat him on the butt.

4 posted on 08/21/2011 10:18:30 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: nickcarraway
Prem Cox
Gotta' be a Euro-weenie import with a name like that.
5 posted on 08/21/2011 10:19:53 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: nickcarraway
Reminds me of the glory days of Bob Huggins at the University of Criminati, uh, I mean the University of Cincinnati:

UC BBall Player Punches Police Horse
6 posted on 08/21/2011 10:33:17 AM PDT by day10 (Integrity has no need of rules.)
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To: nickcarraway

This is horse shit...


7 posted on 08/21/2011 10:36:53 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: Paladin2

Police animals on two legs or four should not be viewd as more important than any other citizen.


8 posted on 08/21/2011 10:41:55 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: nickcarraway

Facts:
1. Horses are inherently dangerous around people because they are subject to instinctive flight reflex behavior at any time.
2. Even the best trained police horses may suddenly decide to bolt.
3. Most police horses are not sufficiently trained to not respond to unexpected stimuli, with the resulting risk to bystanders.

Conclusion: Mounted police are for riot control, not prancing around crowds.

As for the fool who was so drunk or stupid as to contact the rear end of a horse, he got off easily. The horse could have just as easily maimed or killed the drunken fool.


9 posted on 08/21/2011 10:42:11 AM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles.)
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To: GladesGuru

If horses are spooked so easily, how can they handle a riot without freaking out let alone a busy area of people?


10 posted on 08/21/2011 10:59:11 AM PDT by nerdwithagun (I'd rather go gun to gun then knife to knife.)
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To: nickcarraway

These days, interacting with cops is like deciding it is a good idea to interact with Manson. Avoid and shun evil.


11 posted on 08/21/2011 11:26:32 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: nickcarraway
That'll be workman's comp and the LEO will get overtime coz he has to walk his beat. Win-win.


12 posted on 08/21/2011 11:47:16 AM PDT by Daffynition ("Don't just live your life, but witness it also.")
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To: Paladin2
The EMT who came for the beast was a Ukrainian.


13 posted on 08/21/2011 11:50:30 AM PDT by Daffynition ("Don't just live your life, but witness it also.")
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To: Paladin2
I used to park in an underground parking lot in NYC where a cop would literally park his horse while he played poker with buddies in a nearby apartment (I got this from the attendants). That horse was - like all police horses - not only beautiful but one of the sweetest creatures in the world. He once tried to follow me home after I patted him and talked ridiculous baby talk to him. Like no other cop I've ever met!
14 posted on 08/21/2011 11:55:13 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Run, Sarah, Run! Please!)
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To: nickcarraway; FlingWingFlyer; dfwgator; Paladin2; oh8eleven; day10; goseminoles; hoosierham; ...

LOL just saw this movie last night...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3ug0dVCyeE


15 posted on 08/21/2011 12:21:43 PM PDT by Dogbert41 (http://www.durban3nyc.com/. Go there and learn what those who seek to destroy Israel are up to)
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To: SaraJohnson

Hard to judge without being there. Cops are all about ego, but smacking a horse on the backside is pretty stupid.


16 posted on 08/21/2011 12:24:34 PM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: stinkerpot65

About 50 years ago, in the beautiful city of Angeles, Pampanga, one of my squadron mates emerged from a saloon with a snootful of San Miguel. A Filipino calesa driver (a pony powered taxi), parked his cart and went in to buy a couple of sticks (cigarettes). My mate stopped in front of the pony and punched it right in the face. The pony tipped over, unconscious, and took the cart with it. Never did like that guy.


17 posted on 08/21/2011 2:46:56 PM PDT by Ax
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To: miss marmelstein; Anoreth

We attended a counter-protest which had a large contingent of mounted officers to help control the “peace” demonstrators. My Pat, one of the weirdest children ever, was about 3-1/2 then, and he went up to each horse, looked it in the eye, and told it his life story and probably predicted its future, before moving on to the next one. (His dad was with him, flummoxed, as so often happens when he spends time with his Offspring ...) The Fayetteville police were totally cool about it.

We were going to the stable each week in those days, because Anoreth was taking riding lessons, and Pat knew to stay away from the rear ends.


18 posted on 08/21/2011 7:07:05 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("There is only one remedy for ignorance and thoughtlessness, and that is literacy." R. Mitchell)
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To: nerdwithagun

Horse control is a function of training and a certain amount of luck.

I remember helping the Denver Mounted Police group train for the anticipated riots at the nomination convention. We tried to simulate everything from Hippies Behaving badly to the antics of the seriously stoned, to a barrage of chartreuse tennis balls.
In this case, I asked the officer who was te leader why, since the member of teh group were mostly conservative and were volunteering their horses, trailers, trucks, fuel etc - “Why not just let the trash trash the Democraps and the Democrapic Convention?”

His answer - Well, since you put it that way, .....

Salient point is that just because the rider is uniformed, do not assume the rider and horse have had extensive riot control training.

Not that volunteers can’t perform superbly - - - - - -but I’d suggest avoiding such animals in case they act out their ‘inner animal’.

Try to imagine you are made of meat, and everything wants to eat you. That is how horses see the world, and their evolutionarily acquired behavior reflects the adaptive advantage of flight when danger appears.


19 posted on 08/21/2011 8:23:56 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles.)
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To: Paladin2
Police animals are afforded the legal protections of a human police officer.

Your dog --> target practice.

Two crimes, both grossly overreached in their respective directions.

20 posted on 08/21/2011 9:34:52 PM PDT by Talisker (History will show the Illuminati won the ultimate Darwin Award.)
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To: Talisker

Never confuse the Law with Justice.


21 posted on 08/22/2011 5:31:08 AM PDT by Paladin2
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