Woman who allegedly slapped police horse at KC Trump rally is arrested

A protester pushed a police horse outside the Donald Trump rally March 12 in Kansas City.
A protester pushed a police horse outside the Donald Trump rally March 12 in Kansas City. Special to The Star

Kansas City police arrested a woman accused of slapping a police horse outside a Donald Trump rally last weekend shortly before officers released pepper spray on a crowd of protesters.

April J. Foster, 29, was arrested about 5 p.m. Friday in the 9200 block of Ward Parkway and charged with abuse of a police service animal. Foster was later released after posting a $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in Municipal Court on May 4.

Police had been searching for the woman who hit the horse.

The horse, named Dan, was hit while officers on horseback attempted to control protesters and keep them out of the street outside a Trump rally March 12 in downtown Kansas City at 13th and Main streets.

According to a police report, the woman had first screamed in the horse’s face to scare him. When that did not work, the report said, the woman hit the horse with her open hand.

After slapping the officer’s horse, the woman ran into the gathering of protesters — an estimated 200 people — and because of the size of the crowd, police said, they were unable to find her.

Police said Foster was identified by a caller to the Tips hotline, and the officer recognized the woman who hit his horse from a photograph.

Trump’s rally in the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland came one day after the Republican front-runner canceled a rally in Chicago because of violence.

In addition to Foster’s arrest, Kansas City police previously had issued citations for disorderly conduct to four people who were arrested the night of the rally.

Officers used pepper spray twice, both times when protesters tried to leave the sidewalk and step into the street, police said.

The Kansas City Police Department released this video over the weekend of police officers spraying the crowds with pepper spray during the Trump Rally in downtown Kansas City Saturday night. "Protesters take to the street and are asked to return t

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