Police horse throws, steps on Minneapolis officer


A Minneapolis police officer was in the hospital overnight after a horse threw her from the saddle during a training exercise and then stepped on the officer. Her injuries were not life-threatening, MPR reported. Tweet from Minneapolis police:

The officer was conscious after the Wednesday incident, FOX 9 reported. The incident happened at a north Minneapolis training facility as a new group of recruits was learning how to handle large crowds, police spokeswoman Cyndi Barrington told local media. It was not immediately known why the horse bucked the officer, Barrington said.

The officer was wearing protective gear, including a bulletproof vest and a helmet, local media reported. The officer's identity was not released, but she is an experienced rider who was on a horse she typically rides, the Star Tribune reports.

The horse was unhurt and returned to training later in the afternoon, Barrington told the Star Tribune.

WCCO has a shot of video from the scene:

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