This afternoon around 6 shortly after the PPRC rally to Portland police on horseback came into the SW corner of Pioneer square. They decided to ride thier horses down the wheelchair ramp that goes across the large staircase (usually used for sitting on as an ampitheatre) One of the horses got all skittish, the horses steel shoes slipping a little on the bricks and the horse started shaking and trying to back up.
Left me with several questions- was this a new police horse they were training?
Can a steel shoed horse safely decend a gentle slope on brick surface?
Why dont they some kind of rubber shoe bottoms? The Police cars, motorcycles, bicycles and ATV's all seem to have rubber tires The cops themselves seem to have non-slip footwear.
Is this mean to the horse to make it do something that scares it?
Did this action unnessecarily endanger the police officer this afternoon? What about the people below the horse on the stairs and ramp? (Everybody seemed to have the good sense to get out of the way.)
Are our tax dollars being wasted paying for horse expenses for the police? How much does a mounted officer cost the public as opposed to a bicycle, motorcycle, or officer on foot? Are horses outdated since the invention of pepper spray for crowd control? Traditonally I think cops dispersed crowds by riding horses into them and turning the horse around in tight circles- is this still an option in the age of videocameras and lawsuits?
I once heared that ten motorcycle cops write half the traffic tickets in Portland. Getting people to slow down and pay attention in thier 4000 pound cars saves many times more lives than any crime fighting stuff. How much are those new BMW RS1100's?
Any cops out there that can answer? or do we have to advertise the website on Rush Limbaugh or Lars Larson shows to get you guys back on line?