PHILADELPHIA -- A Philadelphia Eagles fan accused of punching a police horse and a mounted officer before the Eagles' NFC championship victory is suing the team, Philadelphia and state police, claiming he didn't strike the horse and he was beaten for no reason.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the lawsuit Andrew Tornetta filed Wednesday alleges assault and battery by the police and seeks damages in excess of $50,000.
The 20-year-old Tornetta says as a result of the beating, his "false" arrest and demonization in the media he has suffered "physical pain, discomfort, trauma, humiliation, embarrassment, emotional distress" and sleeplessness.
Charges of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and failure to disperse against Tornetta were dropped after he completed an accelerated misdemeanor program in which he completed 12 hours of community service and paid $222 in court fees.
The Eagles and city and state police say they won't comment on pending legal action.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report