Cops: Woman at anti-Sharia rally attacked police horse

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 13, 2017 9:41 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Counter-protestors stand behind a line of Seattle Police officers across the street from an anti-Islamic law protest rally Saturday, June 10, 2017, in Seattle. In more than two dozen cities across the United States, the group organizing the rallies, ACT for America, is speaking out against Shariah law, saying it is incompatible with Western democracy and the freedoms it affords.

(Harrisburg) -- A Philadelphia woman remains jailed on charges she attacked a police horse during a weekend demonstration against Sharia, or Islamic law, at the state Capitol.

Twenty-three-year-old Lisa Joy Simon remained jailed Tuesday on charges including aggravated assault and taunting a police animal. Harrisburg police say she hit a state trooper's horse in the neck with a flag pole that had a nail protruding from it. Neither the horse nor the trooper was badly injured.

Simon was one of several dozen people who gathered for the demonstration Saturday organized by ACT for America, which staged similar rallies in several other states.

Online court records don't list an attorney for Simon, who faces a preliminary hearing July 6.

Some Muslim groups have said the protesters unfairly distort their beliefs.

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