Austin man arrested for burning police horse with cigarette

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 12:30 EDT
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Austin police horses during SXSW. Photo: Flickr user Mike McCaffrey, creative commons licensed. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mccaffry/4440316752/
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An Austin, Texas man was arrested Sunday morning and charged with a state jail felony after allegedly burning a police horse with a cigarette.

Tyrone Branch Jr., 23, reportedly began interfering with the police animal in the early hours of Sunday morning after drinking alcohol in the hours leading up to the confrontation.

Police were in the area around the city’s famous Sixth Street party district around 2:45 a.m. attempting to break up a crowd that became unruly after a woman was taken into custody when the incident occurred.

They claim Branch crushed his lit cigarette into the animal’s neck, according to Austin-based NBC affiliate KXAN-TV, causing the horse to react violently. He could face up to two years in jail.

This video is from KXAN-TV, aired Monday, July 22, 2013.

Man charged after burning police horse with lit cigarette


[Austin police horses during SXSW. Photo: Flickr user Mike McCaffrey, creative commons licensed.]

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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