Woman who allegedly punched police horse at KC Trump rally is arrested

Anti-First Amendment Rights Protester Abuses Innocent Equine

Source: Kansas City Star

 A angry protester pushed a police horse outside the Donald Trump rally March 12 in Kansas City. Christopher Smith Special to The Kansas City Star

A angry protester pushed a police horse outside the Donald Trump rally March 12 in Kansas City. Christopher Smith Special to The Kansas City Star

Woman who allegedly slapped police horse at KC Trump rally is arrested

by Mara Rose Williams

Kansas City police arrested a woman accused of slapping a police horse outside a Donald Trump rally last weekend shortly before officers released pepper spray on a crowd of violent protesters.

April J. Foster, 29, was arrested about 5 p.m. Friday in the 9200 block of Ward Parkway and charged with abuse of a police service animal. Foster was later released after posting a $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in Municipal Court on May 4.

Police had been searching for the woman who punched the horse.

The horse, named Dan, was hit while officers on horseback attempted to control protesters and keep them out of the street outside a Trump rally March 12 in downtown Kansas City at 13th and Main streets.

According to a police report, the woman had first screamed in the horse’s face to scare him. When that did not work, the report said, the woman hit the horse with her open hand.

After slapping the officer’s horse, the cowardly woman ran into the gathering of protesters — an estimated 200 people — and because of the size of the crowd, police said, they were unable to find her.

Police said Foster was identified by a caller to the Tips hotline, and the officer recognized the woman who hit his horse from a photograph.

Trump’s rally in the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland came one day after the Republican front-runner canceled a rally in Chicago because of violence.

In addition to Foster’s arrest, Kansas City police previously had issued citations for disorderly conduct to four people who were arrested the night of the rally.

Officers used pepper spray twice, both times when protesters tried to leave the sidewalk and step into the street, police said.

9 comments on “Woman who allegedly punched police horse at KC Trump rally is arrested

  1. I have been thinking about the Showtime series Penny Dreadful? There’s an unforgettable scene in the first series of the beautiful character of Frankenstein’s Creature that just defines the word empathy. He’s been rejected and abused because of his appearance, and he looks out the window and sees a person whipping a horse and identifies so much with it. Really defines empathy, and very Elephant Man-esque. I think my heart just fell out onto the floor as I watched it. Ouch.

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  2. Honestly, the title of this article is so confusing. I dont understand what you are trying to say. Of course it is despicable that anyone would strike a horse, in any situation. What does that have to do with First Amendment rights? Does not every American have a right to free speech and free assembly?

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    • Scary to say but it sounds like the public in India is even MORE unaware of how much help horses have given through the mounted police. VERY unaware!!

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  3. I know we have modern replacements, but the bond of horse and human goes so deep. A machine can never match the elegance and majesty of a man or woman or soldier or policeman on horseback.

    Sure, we have the right to peacefully protest and assemble – but that right doesn’t include devolving into violence, or inciting violence.

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  4. That horse is an officer of the law!!! Yes she should be arrested and yes The people hitting people should be too…. In that big of crowd its hard, but someone saw her hit the Officer of the law, a horse… Too bad she didn’t hit the hard bone just below the eye… She could have broken her hand LOLOLOL

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