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It's A Beautiful Day In The Neigh-borhood As Police On Horses Ticket Cars

By Ariel Cheung | August 30, 2016 5:30am
 A mounted Chicago police officer was writing traffic tickets in Lakeview last week.
A mounted Chicago police officer was writing traffic tickets in Lakeview last week.
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Provided/York Chan

LAKEVIEW — These Chicago police officers really put the "neigh" in neighborhood policing.

Lakeview neighbor York Chan said he was surprised last week to find a pair of mounted police officers trotting down the 700 block of West Briar Place.

Typically seen in Lakeview corralling crowds in Wrigleyville or after the Pride Parade, the mounted units issued at least one parking ticket before heading down to Diversey and Halsted.

The activity got a lot of attention on Facebook, where Chan, who is also a board member of South East Lake View Neighbors, shared his experience.

Two officers mounted on Chicago Police horses issued parking tickets in Lakeview last week. [Provided/York Chan]

His family went to outside to investigate a car alarm going off and took some photos with the officers, who were happy to pose with the children, Chan said.

Other neighbors shared in Chan's surprise. While there were several neigh-sayers, most took the matter in stride.

"I guess when you request more patrols, you get all kinds?" Bennett Lawson wrote on Chan's post, referring to the ongoing efforts to get more police officers in Lakeview.

While it's not clear whether the tickets were a spur-of-the-moment decision, it's unknown whether the issue will "stirrup" much controversy.

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