Florida Man Slaps Police Horse On the Butt Taught Lesson
Florida man Alisha Lalani, 27, of Odessa is out of the Pinellas County jail after slapping a St. Petersburg police horse on the rear.
St Petersburg Police Mounted Unit Officers were on patrol in the Bayfront area on Central Avenue and Third Street North at around 2 a.m. on Saturday morning. Their horses were wearing their appropriate police insignia and red and blue flashing lights.
According to the arrest affidavit, two officers were patrolling the area on horseback when one officer reported seeing a man approach with one hand raised.
“The defendant walked up behind my partner, who was also riding a police horse. I observed the defendant with his open hand, and he slapped the rear of my partner’s police horse,” the report states.
“The defendant immediately looked at officers and stated that he didn’t know he wasn’t allowed to hit the horses.”
The suspect was arrested, officials said. He was unarmed and not intoxicated, the report notes.
SLAP BACK — A Florida man has been arrested after he was unaware that he couldn't smack a police horse on the "derrière". https://t.co/zbQkcd8mNa
— NBC2 (@NBC2) December 5, 2022
Oh, #Florida! Man arrested for slapping police horse on its flank says he didn't know he wasn't allowed to slap police horse. (Insert obligatory reference to "Blazing Saddles" & Mongo here.) https://t.co/2YsR2N7jlA
— Craig Pittman (@craigtimes) December 5, 2022
#"FL-" LOVE SLAP = JAIL NAP"
Man arrested for slapping police officers horse, says he ‘didn’t know he wasn’t allowed hit the horse’
— Awaken Now (@AwakenNow5) December 5, 2022
“Brooklyn,” the victim in the incident, is a 1,400-pound Percheron “thoroughbred cross gelding” who was born in 2003. He normally patrols the downtown district and is currently one of three horses in the mounted unit. He was previously a mounted unit horse with the Boston Police Department until he was donated to St. Petersburg Police in 2009.
According to the arrest affidavit, Lalani was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, so apparently, he was just stupid. Police horses go through some very intense training and will stomp you into a grease spot quicker than you can say Yippee Ki Yay.
Lalani was transported to the Pinellas County jail charged with Florida State Statute 843.19 (3) M, Battery on a Police Horse which applies to anyone who “intentionally maliciously touches, strikes, or causes bodily harm to a police canine, fire canine, SAR canine, or police horse.” He was released on a $150 bond.
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