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Tampa policeman on horse rides through hookah bar

10:36 AM, Jun 24, 2010   |    comments
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Tampa, FL -- Police officers on horseback have become a familiar sight in Tampa's Ybor City, but recently someone snapped a video clip of one officer walking the beat not around a local business but right through it.

TPD didn't seem to give a second thought to the officer hoofing it - right through Habibi's Hookah Bar and Cafe in Ybor City.

"They're a great way to deter crime because obviously they have a very strong presence," Tampa Police Spokesperson Laura McElroy said.

Photo Gallery: TPD seen "hoofing it" through Ybor bar

The department says the horse seen in the video was actually invited into the bar by the cafe's owner, and it's not the first time. 

Eleven seconds into the video, you can hear a woman scream. Apparently, the owners of a tattoo parlor adjacent to the bar - are worried that with big crowds on weekends someone could get hurt. They'd like to see police rein in the weekend walk-throughs. The department promises to discuss it.

"It's an unnecessary risk. I could see how they can be use doubt there but i have no idea why they'd ever have them inside a building," Phat Latz Tattoos artist Jeffrey Zioszios said.

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