A Philadelphia member of Antifa, the “anti-fascist” domestic terrorist group that’s caused a number of incidents across the country in its effort to “resist” President Donald Trump, is in jail after she allegedly attacked and stabbed a Pennsylvania police horse.
Lisa Simon, an Antifa “counter-protester” of the March, reportedly attacked the horse with a flag pole that had a nail driven into one end in an effort to get the horse to run, causing chaos in the crowd, according to law enforcement.
Simon stabbed the horse in the neck with the weapon, but the horse was able to keep composure and continued to work despite his injury. Simon, realizing she had not made headway in her effort, then attempted to obstruct police from moving the crowd along the block where they were working.
She is now is facing a host of charges, including “aggravated assault, illegally taunting a police animal, prohibited offensive weapons, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstruction of administrative law.” She was arraigned Tuesday, and is currently being held on $100,000 bail.
Antifa, of course, disputes that Simon did anything and is urging their comrades-in-arms to rally to her defense on their Facebook page.
“A comrade was arrested while trying to demonstrate against an anti-Muslim rally in Harrisburg, PA. The charges are entirely fabricated and do not reflect what actually happened during the incident,” their statement says, going on to describe Simon as a “political prisoner,” and the charges as “fabricated.”
They also say they will continue to abide by the “values” of their movement, which include ‘anti-corporatism”—which apparently doesn’t include not posting on a heavily corporate social media network.
Sampson, the horse, is said to be recovering and is still able to work.
An ACT spokeswoman said Simon was not one of their members and was in attendance as part of a counterprotest.
“Our people are normally very respectful of the police. I don’t think they would purposefully stab a police horse in the neck,” spokeswoman Carrie French said. “It really sounds out of character for our people. … Other reports have said she was with Antifa.”
Law enforcement officials said the rally marchers headed north on North Third Street into Harrisburg’s midtown area, and multiple Pennsylvania State Police mounted units were working to keep the marchers from blocking the 1200 block of North Sixth Street.
On 6/10/17 1132 hours, Harrisburg Police were assisting with the Act For America Rally on the Capital steps of N 3rd & State Streets. During this Rally part of the protestors moved from the capital steps north bound on N 3rd Street throughout the midtown area. Multiple mounted PSP Troopers and Harrisburg Police were assisting with moving a large crowd from blocking the 1200 BLK of N 6th Street towards the sidewalk.
A PSP Corporal and his partner, horse Sampson, were attempting to move the crowd when the defendant, Lisa Simon , used a flag pole with a silver nail at the top of the pole to strike horse Sampson in the side of the neck. Simon did this while obstructing the troopers from performing their duties to move the crowd onto the sidewalk.
Simon resisted Harrisburg Police officers from effecting a lawful arrest. Both the PSP Corporal and horse Sampson were able to continue working with minimal injury.
A warrant is being requested for the following charges: Aggravated Assault to Police, Taunting Police Animals, Prohibited Offensive Weapons, Obstruction to Law Enforcement Function, Resisting Arrest, and Disorderly Conduct
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Obstruction Administrative Law