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The prominent Black Lives Matter activist accused of punching a horse was arrested Thursday morning on her way to a court date.
Shere Dore and her partner were driving to the Harris County courthouse for an appearance in the earlier case when officers pulled the pair over and arrested Dore for warrants stemming from a two-year-old speeding charge.
Local activists were quick to cry foul.
“Law enforcement agencies have decided to set Shere up for coming out against them with her activism and various allyship,” said Ashton Woods of Black Lives Matter Houston.
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“They were on their way to court – the officer was literally staked out waiting for them.”
The 41-year-old was taken to the Fort Bend County jail and held pending payment of her outstanding fees, prompting the Harris County court to revoke her bond when she failed to appear.
“It is interesting that this outstanding warrant did not come up when she was arrested in November of 2016 and more interesting that it would come up the morning of her court date,” said Brian Harrison, who has represented her in the Harris County case, along with attorney Jolanda Jones.
It was not immediately clear which law enforcement agency pulled Dore over Thursday.
“I don’t know why they were stopped on the morning of her court date, a date which I know a number of people thought was her trial date,” Harrison said.
Woods agreed that the timing of the arrest was not coincidental.
“This is some clear foul play,” he said. “I think that the law enforcement agencies are colluding with each other.”
Local activists, supporters and friends rallied around the well-known advocate for the homeless, chipping in funds to secure Dore’s release. But even once she pays the $1,083.10 owed in Fort Bend, she’ll still be held until a Harris County judge can reinstate her bond, Harrison said.
The Harris County felony charge – interfering with a police service animal – stems from a spirited November march through downtown Houston.
During the nighttime protest two days after Trump‘s election, Dore was one of a handful of demonstrators arrested after the gathering spilled out into city streets.
As an officer on a police horse named Astro started to push Dore back onto the sidewalk, Dore allegedly hit the animal with a closed fist, a charge her lawyers have consistently denied.
“I want the world to know that our clients are absolutely innocent. They have a First Amendment right to protest,” Jones said after a November court date.
“I think this is one of the first indications of what’s going to happen with the new president.”
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