Toronto Police Horse Killed On Duty
The city of Toronto is mourning the death of 9-year-old “Brigadier,” a member of the Metro Police Mounted Unit. The horse had both front legs broken in what is being described as the deliberate impact of a minivan on Friday, Feb. 24.
Constable Kevin Bradfield suffered a broken rib in the high-speed collision, which reportedly catapulted the 1,500-pound Belgian-cross gelding over the roof of the vehicle. Officers had to humanely destroy the amiable chestnut at the scene.
Dirk Sankersingh, 42, of Scarborough, Ontario, has been charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle causing bodily harm, and with failing to remain at the scene.
A memorial service for Brigadier, who was cremated, will be held on Monday, March 6 at the Ricoh Coliseum, home of the Toronto mounted unit. Hundreds–possibly thousands–of police officers are expected to attend
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