A female appearing as a skinhead with the group Antifa faces charges of attacking a police horse while protesting against the “March Against Sharia” activists with ACT for America in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Saturday morning.
The attack unfolded while Harrisburg police and Pennsylvania State Police Troopers on horseback assisted with crowd control as demonstrators made their way from the steps of the capital through the midtown area.
Lisa Simon, 23, was carrying a flagpole with a nail protruding from the end of the pole while demonstrating with a crowd of Antifa protesters. As a trooper and his equine partner, Sampson, headed up the 1200 block of North 6th Street, police said Simon attacked the horse with the pole, plunging the nail into the horse’s neck. Sampson suffered minimal injuries from the attack and was able to continue his shift.
Simon has been charged with aggravated assault, illegally taunting a police animal, prohibited offensive weapons, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstruction administrative law. She was arraigned and is being held in Dauphin County Prison. Her bail is set at $100,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 6.
On the South Jersey ANTIFA Facebook page, the group states:
“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. The bail is set at an extraordinary $100,000. It is clear that this person is being held as a political prisoner, and we must make it known that we will not be intimidated by a militarized police, that we will remain resolute in standing by the values of our movement, and that we will continue to combat fascism wherever it attempts to spread.”