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Even police horses aren’t safe on the streets anymore (0)

Posted in Misc Crime August 3rd, 2010 @ 1:18 pm by Linda 

Recently, the Star Tribune online reported that five people were arrested for assaulting Minneapolis police horses after bar-closing time.

The Minneapolis Mounted Patrol was created in 1996 with two riders and three horses. Today the unit has eight horses, mostly donated by private citizens. More than 20 sworn officers are fully trained riders.

The police horses that the Mounted Patrol uses vary from quarter horses to thoroughbreds. Jesse, one of the horses assaulted, is a Percheron. This breed of horse typically weighs around 2,000 pounds when fully grown.

However, five people who appeared intoxicated were slapping horses on their face or hindquarters. One of the people grabbed a horse by the bridle that nearly caused the officer in the saddle to lose control of the animal.

Kyle Soderberg age 22 of northeast Minneapolis was arrested along with Anthony William Gonzalez also 22 of Brooklyn Center was arrested. This low-life slapped police horse Jesse. Police arrested Matthew J. Semler age 24, of Glenshaw, Pa., and Randy D. Schock age 35, of Eden Prairie for obstructing the legal process during their alleged equine confrontation. Justin Mobley 25 of Eagan was also arrested for assaulting a horse and fleeing a police officer.

Sadly, there have been at least 10 assaults on police horses in Minneapolis this year. In 2009 there were 16 and four each in 2008 and 2007. The police horses are just doing their job to help officers to keep the streets safe. Only a low-life idiot criminal would think about assaulting a horse.

New booster seat law to protect kids in cars (0)

Posted in Law Enforcement News August 2nd, 2010 @ 9:08 am by Linda 

Starting on August 1, 2010 if your child between four and eight years old is not in a proper booster seat in your car, you will get a ticket. The State of Colorado passed the Colorado Child Passenger Safety Law that makes it mandatory for child booster seats for kids under the age of eight years old. There is a one-year educational period so officers will only issue warnings to those violating the booster seat.

Studies have shown that children do not properly fit into a back seat of a car until somewhere between eight and twelve years old. Parents need to explain to their children that this is a safety issue and doesn’t matter how mature their kids think they are. Mostly, the law is looking out for children who may not be tall enough to use a seat belt.

If a child isn’t tall enough, the lap portion of the belt will slip over the hips and go into the abdominal area. Booster seats raise kids up to the level of the seat belt so that the belt fits them correctly and their abdominal area is guarded. In addition, the shoulder portion of a seat belt needs to fit across the child’s collar bone and chest and should not cross their neck or be underneath the arms or behind the back.

The harness allows the force of a crash to be evenly distributed along the upper torso, protecting a child better than a booster seat. However, booster seats provide adequate protection for 4 years old and up. As the Colorado Law reads, children between 4 and 8 years old must be in some sort of restraint system, either a harness car seat or booster seat using the belt system.

The Colorado State Patrol reports that in the last 5 years, 35 children between 4 and 8 years old have died in traffic crashes. 77% of those kids were not properly restrained in a booster seat or were totally unrestrained.

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