Dropping docs on Jacob the painting police horse

Muckrock has written an article on Jacob, the painting police horse of St. Petersburg, Florida, based on documents I obtained through a public records request to the local police in April. There’s no scandal here, but it’s fun to read about a city so smitten with their talented equestrian officers.

Perhaps my favorite missive comes from Kevin King in the Mayor’s Office, who writes:


The painting police horse is rivaling Dali in terms of popularity in St. Pete right now.

Can your office work with Yolanda Fernandez in Police on harnessing this situation?

FYI – the most recent request came from Larry Biddle w Arts Xchange who would like the horse for a fundraiser (I believe)….

But they’re pretty much all like that. Many more clips over at Muckrock.

One small note: alongside the Jacob request, I filed one on info about the trademark applications on another celebrity police horse in St. Petersburg—Amos the Wonder Horse—and came up empty handed. That’s a bit strange, considering the trademark was filed in January—it was just published for review a month ago—but you’ve gotta pick your battles.

Published by Parker Higgins

I'm the Director of Special Projects at the Freedom of the Press Foundation, and previously led copyright activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. I live and work in Brooklyn, New York. more »

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