Officers On Horseback Lead A Handcuffed Man Behind Horses With A Rope
Photos of a black man being led to jail by a rope go viral, sparking outrage.
Galveston Police Department in Texas arrested Donald Neely, 43, for trespassing in an office building in Galveston. Afterward, the officers tied a rope to the handcuffs and led him to a police staging area eight street blocks away.
A passerby took pictures of the incident and posted them on social media where they immediately went viral. The reactions were not positive at all. "This is 2019 and not 1819," said James Douglas, president of the Houston chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
This just one of the many incidents to raise tensions over how police treat black suspects. Melissa Morris, a lawyer for Mr. Neely's family, said he was homeless, mentally ill, and suffered from bipolar disorder. "I'm appalled. I believe the way they handled him was disgusting. The family is offended. The family is upset," she said.
After the pictures went viral, The Galveston Police Department apologized, saying that "While this technique of using mounted horses to transport a person during an arrest is considered a best practice in certain scenarios, such as during crowd control, the practice was not used correctly in this instance."
Galveston Police Chief Vernon L. Hale, III said in a statement that, "First and foremost, I must apologize to (the man arrested) for this unnecessary embarrassment. Although this is a trained technique and best practice in some scenarios, I believe our officers showed poor judgment in this instance and could have waited for a transport unit at the location of the arrest. My officers did not have any malicious intent at the time of the arrest, but we have immediately changed the policy to prevent the use of this technique and will review all mounted training and procedures for more appropriate methods."
However, the department's apology says nothing about whether the two officers will be disciplined or fired. We'd love to hear your thoughts on this! What do you think about the way these officers handled this arrest?