Friday, February 09, 2001

Man acquitted of assaulting police horse sues cops

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A man accused of assaulting a police horse during the November trade protests in downtown Cincinnati sued officers Thursday, claiming they knew he didn't hurt the horse.

        Clifford Caleb Bennett of Cincinnati claims in the federal suit that he felt the falling horse's nose touch his backpack as he walked away from the mounted officer. He made no contact with the horse, the suit says, but was charged with assaulting the animal anyway.

        The charge was dismissed, but not until after Mr. Bennett stayed in jail five days. In the suit, he asks for compensation for the alleged illegal arrest, and he seeks a punitive award against the officers.

        He was arrested during the Trans-Atlantic Business Dialogue meetings.


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