Man facing charges for punching Minneapolis police horse

It happened near some nightclubs in downtown.

A Minneapolis man is facing jail time over an attack on a police horse over the weekend.

The 22-year-old was arrested at around 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning near some nightclubs in the downtown area, a police report indicates.

He's since been released from the Hennepin County Jail, with records showing he'd been booked on two misdemeanor charges – obstruction of the legal process, and "assaulting or harming a police horse." 

GoMN does not name suspects until they have been formally charged with a crime.

According to the Star Tribune, police say the man ran up to the horse while it was on patrol and, "without provocation," punched it and ran off – only to be arrested soon after. 

Thankfully, neither the horse nor the people involved were injured, department spokesperson Sgt. Catherine Michal told GoMN. 

However, she added that "this type of assault is extremely dangerous for the horse, the rider and the person that assaulted the horse."

She gave no other details about the circumstances surrounding the incident. 

The Star Tribune says the suspect will make a court appearance on Nov. 9. 

The Minneapolis PD's mounted police unit dates back to 1996, and now boasts 12 horses (most of which were donated by private citizens), with 23 officers serving as certified riders, the unit's website says. 

You can learn about the individual horses right here

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