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Charges tossed against man accused of punching police horse

October 2, 2018

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — A judge has dismissed charges against a man accused of punching a police horse in Delaware.

The charges against 34-year-old Gavin Coco were dismissed after the release of surveillance video that appeared to contradict accounts by local and state police.

Coco was charged with offensive touching of a law enforcement officer after the Dewey Beach incident, in which a police horse stepped on his foot as a crowd gathered around police arresting a woman.

Shortly before a scheduled August trial, prosecutors changed the charge to offensive touching of the horse, a charge that Coco’s attorney said was not supported by law. Prosecutors later tried unsuccessfully to amend the charge again to harassment of a law enforcement animal.

A judge dismissed the case with prejudice, saying Coco was illegally charged.

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