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Woman accused of attacking state trooper’s horse appears in court

The Associated Press

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

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Harrisburg police say 23-year-old Lisa Joy Simon hit a state trooper’s horse in the neck with a flag pole that had a nail protruding from it. 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. PennLive.com 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.

Similar rallies have been held in other states. Some Muslim groups have said the protesters unfairly distort their beliefs.