Eagles Fan Charged With Punching Cop & Police Horse Sues Police Department, Team

Andrew Tornetta is suing after he was arrested for allegedly punching a horse.

Philadelphia, PA - A fan who took off some of his clothes and allegedly punched a police horse at a Philadelphia Eagles’ game has filed a lawsuit against the police and the NFL team (video below).

Andrew Tornetta, 19, was behaving in an out-of-control manner at a tailgate party before a playoff game when he was arrested, according to police.

Police said the incident began when a mounted Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) corporal was attempting to disperse a crowd at a tailgate party in the M lot at Lincoln Financial Field just after 3 p.m. on Jan. 21.

Tornetta refused to comply with police commands to leave the area, WTXF reported.

First, Tornetta became verbally combative. Then he began shedding layers of clothing in order to escape the police officers.

He slipped out of his jacket, which the police corporal was holding onto, and allegedly punched the police horse twice. Police say then punched the corporal in the face, just below his eye.

Then Tornetta shed his sweatshirt in what appeared to be an effort to hide from police in the crowd, but it didn’t work and he was quickly arrested, the Inquirer reported. The video of his arrest quickly went viral.

Tornetta was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and failure to disperse, and placed in an accelerated misdemeanor program.

The charges against him were withdrawn March 6 after Tornetta had completed 12 hours of community service and paid $222 in court fees, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

In his lawsuit filed on May 30, Tornetta claimed that he didn’t hit the police horse and that officers beat him for no reason. He asked for damages in excess of $50,000, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

In the lawsuit, Tornetta claimed he “demonized” in the news media and on social media “reporting upon his assault on police and his cruelty towards an animal.”

The lawsuit alleged that he has suffered “physical pain, discomfort, trauma, humiliation, embarrassment, emotional distress, sleeplessness, anxiety, inability to perform simple activities of daily living, depression characterized by feelings of despair, hopelessness, and despondency. …” as a result of the beating and his “false” arrest.

The Philadelphia Eagles are named as defendants for failing to supervise police who were acting on the team’s behalf, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

When the incident occurred, it was the second week in a row that an Eagles fan was charged with punching a police horse working at a football game.

You can see video of Tornetta’s arrest below:

Comments (12)
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NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

He has suffered “physical pain, discomfort, trauma, humiliation, embarrassment, emotional distress, sleeplessness, anxiety, inability to perform simple activities of daily living, depression characterized by feelings of despair, hopelessness, and despondency. …” And all of that amounts to 50K. Just shows how worthless this pos is. Hahaha

hampshire
hampshire

Drunk and disorderly and an assault on a police officer ( horse). As I believe the horses are considered part of the police patrol. Kids arrogant and stupid. Sadly can’t fix stupid 😩

HCD_is_my_bitch
HCD_is_my_bitch

Punishment should be allow the horse to kick him.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

Yea, he was a badass until they got him and put the cuffs on him, and now he suffered pain, sleepless nights, etc. which is a crock of crap! He should have spent about 6 months in jail for being stupid!

kycopmom
kycopmom

It kind of looks like that's just what happened.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

So he says he never punched a horse. Looks like there is not video to see if he did. I still remember the time police said that a guy struck their horse, and then there was video (worth watching if you haven't seen it):

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Hopefully his suit will get laughed out of court. Wonder if he'd like getting kicked by the horse as a punishment ?

DocRyder
DocRyder

Why was he only charges with the little stuff? What about assaulting an officer and animal cruelty? Surely there is a felony there somewhere. Then just let the punk go with a light slap of the wrist. No wonder cops get no respect.

DocRyder
DocRyder

Where is the little troll bitch anyway?

Memaw187
Memaw187

Useless punk probably didn't perform many useful acts before he got extra stupid that day. I don't think he should get paid for being an idiot.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Well, it kind of comes down to whether he really punched the horse or not.

61mouse
61mouse

Lmao he's doing the reverse race card play