A lot of wild antics have inundated Fort Lauderdale beach this summer. First, Dirty Blondes. Then, the Fort Lauderdale police arrested the slackline guy six times and threw him in jail five times.
And now this.
A video has surfaced showing what appears to be a pair of Fort Lauderdale cops directing a random woman on the street to clean up their horseshit. (Our taxpayer dollars hard at work.)
Benjamin Prows, a 30-year-old slackliner who once juggled on the beach before his repeated clashes with local police, remembers that day vividly. "There I was, just a couple of weeks after Memorial Day, hanging out on the beach, and I saw her just cleaning it up. And I was totally weirded out that they were making her clean it up."
He says a crowd gathered, as one of the officers pointed down at the woman below, cleaning up his horse's feces.
"People were looking at it and trying to figure out why he wouldn't come down and help" her clean up the shit, Prows said. "He pointed his finger and told her to get every last bit."
And she did. After several minutes of scooping the manure into a baggie, the woman, clad in flip-flops and a tank top, disposed of the shit.
New Times contacted the Fort Lauderdale Police Department late last week and asked whether this sort of thing is standard protocol for cops astride horse, and we haven't gotten a response.
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