Last week, thugs doused NYC cops with water, and in one case, threw a bucket at a cop’s head.
And now this outrageous attack on a horse.
The “rationale” for letting this creep off the hook? The horse did not sustain permanent injury, and the city is concerned about a lawsuit claiming false arrest.
“Progressive” Mayor Bill de Blasio’s term is up in 2021. And it cannot come too soon for NYC.
Via NY Post.
A Bronx lout smacked a Parks Department horse in the face on Sunday — and the agency refused to do anything about it.
The cruel horseplay occurred at around 6 p.m. in Van Cortlandt Park, as Parks Enforcement Patrol officers were trying to break up an unruly gathering of revelers, sources said.
As mounted units moved in, Franluis Ruiz, 25, was seen striking one of the horses, 10-year-old Teddy, in the face….
The Parks officers could have charged Ruiz with “killing or injuring a police animal” — a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and up to $1,000 in fines, according to New York penal law.
Instead, the officers slapped Ruiz with a $100 ticket for allegedly smoking a hookah in the park and a disorderly-conduct violation punishable by up to 15 days in jail or a fine of up to $250, according to copies of the citations.
The Parks Department claimed it didn’t put its hoof down because Teddy wasn’t seriously injured….
But the head of the DC 37 Local 983 union representing PEP officers said they didn’t make the collar because the cops have told them the charges wouldn’t stick and the city is afraid of lawsuits claiming false arrest….
Animal-rights lawyer Karen Copeland of Manhattan was outraged that Ruiz didn’t face stiffer penalties, arguing that the uniformed parks officers were “acting under the color of authority” when their animal was attacked….
Copeland noted that, if not for Teddy’s training and the control exercised by his rider, the horse could have reared back and bolted — potentially injuring both of them and bystanders….