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Panic may have caused horse's heart attack
07 Oct 2000
This second photo shows seated protesters in front with other horses and riot police in back leaving horse nowhere to go.
I grew up around horses, and judging from the age of this horse, it is likely that it is the one that died from a heart attack after the protest. I have never seen a horse treated so thoughtlessly! Riding a horse onto seated people left it in a panic (not to mention what it did to the people!!). The horses and stormtroopers behind it left is nowhere to go. It was prancing around in a panic as the officer pulled its reins this way and that bringing it on top of several protesters instead of dismounting and leading it to safety or asking the stormtroopers to move so that it could have a clear space to stand. Were either the welfare of the horse or the protesters given any thought?
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Police Officer on a Power Trip
07 Oct 2000
I am seated in the picture on the bottom left corner and I just wanted to comment on the actions and demeanor of the police officer in the picture. The officer was obviously frustrated with the protestors and consequently took this frustration out on the horse. He continued to beat the horse even when the horse would not move. He was swearing at protestors and even pointed out a few and told them, "I am coming for you!" Many of the protestors, including myself who (I grew up on a horse farm and am very familiar with horses and their actions), pleaded with the officers to leave the horses out of the conflict and if they felt it necessary to use other means of force such as pepper spray or tear gas. We were desparate to have the horses away where they were safe and comfortable. Finally, the officer's commanding officer stopped him, swore at him and told him to get out of there. Many officers were upset at this particular officer for his conduct and I hope that he is some how reprimanded for his irresponsible conduct.