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.