'Racism at Work': Texas Mounted Police Lead Handcuffed Black Man Through Streets on a Rope

September 12, 2020 0 By JohnValbyNation

A photo of two mounted Texas police leading a handcuffed black man by a rope through the streets of Galveston, Texas went viral this week, provoking anger and accusations of racism.

“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,” said Adrienne Bell, a Democratic candidate for Congress in Texas’ 14th district.

The victim of the racist display, Donald Neely, 48, has mental illness, his sister Christin Neely said in a Facebook post.

“Imagine scrolling [Facebook] and seeing said loved one being escorted to jail on foot by 2 officers on horses, hands cuffed behind his back with a rope attached,” she said. “In 2019???? He was treated like an animal paraded through the streets by two incompetent assholes!”

Neely received an apology for the officers’ behavior from Galveston Police Chief Vernon L. Hale III. 

“First and foremost, I must apologize to Mr. Neely for this unnecessary embarrassment,” Hale said in a statement posted to Facebook. “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 arrest.”