Man accused of punching police horse during tailgate sues Eagles, police

Man claims he's the victim in steed-smacking incident

Kristen Johanson
May 31, 2018 - 6:03 pm



PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The man accused of punching a police horse during an Eagles tailgate outside Lincoln Financial Field in January is suing the team and law enforcement. 

In the lawsuit, Anthony Tornetta claims he is emotionally distressed, in pain and humiliated after he said a state trooper and Philadelphia police officer beat him with a baton and took him to a jail cell, on charges that he resisted arrest and struck a police horse.

Now, he wants both the team and law enforcement to pay him $50,000.

He said the Philadelphia Eagles were negligent and "created a climate, which at minimum tolerated unsafe practices."

Court documents show 20-year-old Tornetta was arrested for three misdemeanor charges. He was ordered to do 12 hours of community service and pay $222 in court fees before the charges were withdrawn.

The Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police and the Eagles did not comment on the pending litigation.