Texas Cops Blasted After Mounted Officers Pictured Leading Black Man By Leash
Texas police are under fire after a disturbing picture surfaced depicting two officers on horseback dragging a Black man who had his hands cuffed behind his back with a rope.
The cuffed man has been identified as 43-year-old Donald Neely.
The images were originally posted to Facebook by Adrienne Bell, who is running for Congress in Texas,
“We have verified with law enforcement officials in Galveston that the photograph taken in Galveston is real. It is hard to understand why these officers felt this young man required a leash, as he was handcuffed and walking between two mounted officers. It is a scene that has invoked anger, disgust, and questions from the community,” Bell added. “We will be watching for the Galveston Police Department’s response to their investigation of this matter and the accountability of the officers involved. Swift action is needed to ensure that no one is demeaned in this manner again, and arrest procedures are fair, just, and humane.”
According to the DailyMail, Neely was arrested tor trespassing. His family who are rightfully outraged revealed that he suffers from mental problems and is homeless.
The Galveston police department identified the Officers as P. Brosch and A. Smith, but said the officer’s are not facing disciplinary action.
A statement released by Chief Vernon Hale III said, “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.”