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Massachusetts man tries to punch police horse in the face

  • David Pagan, 59, was at the Latin American Festival in Worcester on August 19
  • He tried to walk through a group of mounted officers who told him to go around
  • Pagan deliberately put his shoulder into a horse so an officer threw him down
  • He got up and tried to throw a punch at one of the horses
  • Police arrested Pagan and he yelled profanities and kicked two officers after being handcuffed

By Megan Sheets For Dailymail.com

Published: 08:07 EDT, 22 August 2017 | Updated: 14:43 EDT, 22 August 2017

A Massachusetts man was arrested during a weekend festival after he attempted to punch a police horse in the face.

David Pagan, 59, was trying to walk through a group of mounted officers on August 19 at Worcester's Latin American Festival. 

The officers asked him not to walk between the horses.

Pagan deliberately put his shoulder into the chest of one of the horses, police said.

David Pagan tried to walk through a group of mounted officers after they told him to go around. He deliberately put his shoulder into one of the horses (stock image)
David Pagan tried to walk through a group of mounted officers after they told him to go around. He deliberately put his shoulder into one of the horses (stock image)

David Pagan tried to walk through a group of mounted officers after they told him to go around. He deliberately put his shoulder into one of the horses (stock image)

The incident occurred at the Latin American Festival in Worcester, Massachusetts
The incident occurred at the Latin American Festival in Worcester, Massachusetts

The incident occurred at the Latin American Festival in Worcester, Massachusetts

 An officer grabbed him by the collar and threw him back in front of the horses.

The man then threw a punch at one of the animals, which jumped back with an officer still mounted.

The man yelled profanities as police arrested him and kicked two officers after being put in handcuffs.

He has been charged with two counts of assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, and mistreatment/interfering with a police horse. 

Pagan threw a punch at one of the horses who jumped backward in alarm (stock image)
Pagan threw a punch at one of the horses who jumped backward in alarm (stock image)

Pagan threw a punch at one of the horses who jumped backward in alarm (stock image)


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