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Teens punch police horse at Lollapalooza: cops

The boys struck the animal after an officer positioned the horse between people to break up a fight, police said.

People try to stay dry during a light rain at Lollapalooza 2017 last August. | Ashlee Rezin / Sun-Times
Two teen boys were hit with misdemeanor charges after hitting a police horse in the 400 block of South Michigan Avenue, Aug. 4, 2019.
Ashlee Rezin / Sun-Times

Two teens were arrested Sunday at Lollapalooza for allegedly punching a police horse.

The boys, 15 and 17, were among a group that was threatening each other and beginning to fight in the 400 block of South Michigan Avenue, according to Chicago police.

A CPD mounted unit officer tried to break up the scuffle about 7 p.m. by placing his horse in the middle of the group, police said.

The 17-year-old then punched the horse in the face, police said. When the officer tried to detain the teen, the 15-year-old stepped forward and also punched the horse.

Officers arrested the older boy at the scene, according to police. The younger boy ran away, but was arrested by a bike unit in the 100 block of East Van Buren Street.

They were both charged with a single misdemeanor count of “teasing, striking or tampering with a police animal,” police said.