Police discuss homecoming arrests including police horse slapping incidents

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

KINGSTON – This shocking video was released on social media .
Kingston Police say an 18 year old Queen’s student slapped Murney the police horse during homecoming weekend.
The startled horse kicks the student, sending her flying to the ground.
There were no injuries but police say this wasn’t the only horse slapping incident.
Two more people were caught doing it … one Algonquin College student and a man from the Cobourg area.
Const. Steve Koopman/Kingston Police:
“When these persons come out and assault or hit the horse it’s detrimental not only to their training, obviously the effectiveness of the officer and the fault that there’s a potential for injury. So we treat this quite seriously.”
All three people have been criminally charged with causing injury to an animal.
Once again, Aberdeen Street was ground zero for the off-campus, unsanctioned parties.
Hundreds converged on the small street — forcing police to close it to vehicle traffic for several hours as the rowdy party continued all day Saturday and into the early hours of Sunday morning.
Heather Senoran:
“In comparison to years past, Kingston Police are calling homecoming 2016 relatively successful. Over the weekend 166 tickets were laid. Last year 203 were given. However, 19 arrests were made this year and that number was the exact same in 2015.”
Most of the arrests … for public intoxication. 17 kegs were also seized.
This was the aftermath… garbage and red cups scattered on lawns and sidewalks Sunday morning.
Some Queen’s students aren’t surprised that some party-goers had too much to drink, and got slapped with charges.
“It’s going to happen every year. It’s just kind of what happens at homecoming. I think the main job is to make sure no one gets seriously injured or goes to the drunk tank or just gets in too much harm.”
Queen’s University will, once again, give Kingston police 100-thousand dollars to help cover some of the overtime tab and other costs for policing Homecoming weekend.
A weekend they promise to learn from…. and tweak next year’s response .. while others learned some lessons of their own.
Heather Senoran CKWS News, Kingston.

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