Man Hits Patrol Horse In Face, Gets Away With It

A Parks Enforcement Patrol mounted unit was assaulted without provocation by a man in the Bronx on Sunday.

Bronx, NY – A man smacked a police horse in the face in a Bronx park on Sunday and the agency to which the animal belongs did not attempt to charge him for the assault.

The incident occurred at about 6 p.m. on July 28 when Parks Enforcement Patrol mounted units arrived at Van Cortlandt Park to break up an unruly group of people, the New York Post reported.

A video of the incident began as a woman argued with a mounted police officer who was giving her orders to step back from his horse, 10-year old Teddy.

As she argued with the officer, the woman flicked her hand at the horse in a menacing manner, but did not appear to make contact with the gentle animal’s face.

The video showed the officer continued to use Teddy to guide the woman back into the group of people.

And then, all of a sudden, out of nowhere, a man in a green shirt and jeans ran up to the horse and slapped it right on the side of its face.

The video showed the horse reared back his head in fear, as his attacker marched off away from the animal.

Suddenly, the man was surrounded by other park personnel, some of whom appeared to be parks enforcement officers.

He was asked to step to the side and talk to officers and appeared to be complying as the video ended.

Parks Enforcement Patrol officers could have charged the man – later identified as 25-year-old Franluis Ruiz – with misdemeanor killing or injuring a police animal, the New York Post reported.

That charge carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and a maximum of $1,000 in fines.

But instead they wrote Ruiz a ticket for smoking a hookah in the park – a $100 fine – and cited him with disorderly conduct, which carries a maximum charge of 15 days in jail or a $250 fine, the New York Post reported.

Parks Department Spokeswoman Crystal Howard said they couldn’t press the more serious charges because the police horse wasn’t injured in the attack.

“Teddy is a valued member of our Parks Enforcement Patrol team. As such, his safety is of concern and we are happy that he was not seriously injured during this unacceptable incident,” Howard told the New York Post.

But the head of the union that represents Park Enforcement Patrol officers said they didn’t go after Ruiz on the charges of injuring a police animal because they were warned the charges would just be dismissed.

“Our members are no longer making the arrests because now they have to worry about a liability issue of making a false arrest,” DC 37 Local 983 President Joe Puleo told the New York Post. “It’s about time that the Parks Department stop putting these horses in harm’s way.”

Animal rights activists were outraged that Ruiz would not be charged with more and face serious consequences.

Animal rights attorney Karen Copeland said the officers were acting “acting under the color of authority” when the horse was assaulted by Ruiz, the New York Post reported.

“That’s striking out at that authority,” Copeland explained. “I think it was also animal cruelty. It was unprovoked and there’s absolutely no defense to an act against an animal like that.”

She said that Ruiz’s actions could have had nasty consequences and pointed out that it was only Teddy’s training and discipline that prevented Ruiz, the horse, and its handler from being injured, the New York Post reported.

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Piewacket
Piewacket

It's a sad state of affairs when criminals can do whatever they want,because the police are too afraid to file charges, because liberals care more about the crimamal' rights than the police officers! Yes that horse is a police officer just like police dogs! I wish the crowd would have beat the shit out of this guy!!!

Pacho
Pacho

Why be police in this neighbors ?

Neo579
Neo579

My think is of they don't arrest the actual offender, why not charge the head of the event for not having their people in order that is if it was a sanctioned event like a protest or something. But still if someone did that to 4 legged partner I think we would be more worried about how many stitches the guy is gonna need in his face also how about obstruction obstructing the police horse from his original task that he was performing until he got slapped by the coward

J10107
J10107

I'm surprised that the horse didn't rear and kick the shit out of the ass-hole that struck him !

But then we would have been reading about another Ghetto Lottery Winner, who incidentally would have been getting his jaw wired from the horse defending himself !!!

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

They should teach the horses to “mule kick” on command. Someone assaults the horse, officer spins the horse around and BAM!

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

Three things that make my blood boil, abuse of a child, the elderly and animals. They just let this jerk get away with it!!! SMFH

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Of course another black person acting like a dumb ass making the rest of the black community look bad.

tuffyman
tuffyman

It is really hard to be a Police Officer in America right, Black or White. It's really hard to be White person in America. When you give a person of color an answer that they did not want to hear, you are label a racist. The Officer on Teddy should have tased the punk.

NomonK
NomonK

Why does the animal have to be injured before they charge the punk? It was an assault and battery in the least. Can he hit an Officer and get away with it?

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Of course, the animal rights pukes would have cheered if it was the officer who got hit in the face.

cspcapt
cspcapt

NYPD is going to the dogs

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

it's no wonder that, according to Warren Willheim, crime is down. Police are not making arrests for fear of being sued, fined, or fired.

RPG156
RPG156

Nothing that a Taser wouldn't have solved.

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

Ive seen videos of a pack of baboons attacking a larger animal. Very similar.

babyface123
babyface123

this is the kind of stuff that disgusts me, the longer these animals get away with this the worse it is going to get.

Dixiedamit
Dixiedamit

Should of backed Teddy as that is his partner...you smack one of my animals and I guarentee you better be able to run awfully fast and have a good place to hide !

CloserFocus
CloserFocus

“Teddy is a valued member of our Parks Enforcement Patrol team. As such, his safety is of concern...”

Well, apparently not. That was an ‘assault’ & it was ignored, like the water bucket incident (at the time). So, what’s next for these horses? A stab in the eye, or buckets of ‘whatever’ tossed at them? When you teach these POS they can assault w/o consequences, you are setting up a Very Dangerous scenario for everyone. That worthless, law hating, chaos loving, POS Mayer needs to be IMPEACHED!!!!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Eh, the horsies cost too much. Would rather see the department spending money on a good insurance policy.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

It is new york just what i would expect from this state

chessie58
chessie58

Many of the horses used by mounted divisions are draft or draft horse crosses. That's close to 2,000 lbs of horse. Officer should of swung the horse around and bounced that POS across the park.

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CinGuz
CinGuz

Yes, by all means let him go because next time he may slap a child. I am so friggin tired of people getting rewarded for their bad behavior, while those of us who obey the law & live peacefully in society get screwed.

Krocker
Krocker

I wish the horse would have kicked or bit him.

new2lv2
new2lv2

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ChasingYesterday
ChasingYesterday

If someone hit my horse like that, I'd go ballistic. Someone needs to kick that POS's ass.

observer1
observer1

The majority of NYC voters deserve fear and misery, along with higher and higher taxes because they continue to vote for filthy, lying leftist politicians. I would love to see the hand of the savage that hit that innocent animal smashed with a sledge hammer.