Charges Upheld for Philly Woman Accused of Attacking Police Horse

Charges against a Philadelphia woman accused of attacking a police horse while protesting a demonstration against Shariah law in Pennsylvania have been upheld.

Harrisburg police say 23-year-old Lisa Joy Simon allegedly used a flag pole with a silver nail at the top to strike the horse on the side of the neck.

Simon allegedly resisted as Harrisburg Police officers tried to arrest her. She was later taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault to police, taunting police animals, disorderly conduct and other related offenses. Neither the horse nor the trooper was badly injured.

Simon's attorney argued at a hearing Wednesday that she was likely protecting herself as the trooper was using the horse to push back a crowd. reports a judge found enough evidence to send the case to Dauphin County court.

Simon was part of a group protesting against the anti-Islamic law demonstrators.

The incident occurred during an ACT for America Rally on June 10 at 11:32 a.m. on the Capital steps of North 3rd and State streets in Harrisburg. It was one of several rallies in cities across the nation Saturday that were sponsored by ACT for America, which is classified as an anti-Muslim hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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