Controversy rises over mounted patrols after officer shows support for Steelers

By Steve Oldfield - bio | email
Posted by Trina Edwards - email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Trouble is arising for Cincinnati's mounted patrol unit after one officer showed his loyalty to a football team.

An officer shaved the number '43' into his horse's neck, which is the number of one of the Pittsburgh Steelers most popular players, Troy Polamalu.

Somebody called the Citizen Complaint Authority and the complaint got passed all around City Hall. So now, the city manager's office has sent a memo to the police chief calling for an internal investigation.

"In his assessment he feels there's something to look at, so he brought in these independent investigators and we'll have to let that process work and see what it produces," said Cincinnati mayor Mark Mallory.

City manager Milton Dohoney says in the memo, " At the center of all this is a patently silly incident that is the epitome of horse play gone awry...pun intended."

Dohoney says he feels like the incident should be looked into because there are reports of some officers lying about the situation when the issue came to light.

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