TX Police Apologize For Leading Black Suspect Down Street With Rope

TX Police Apologize For Leading Black Suspect Down Street With Rope”

Police have issued an apology after the emergence of a widely condemned photo showing officers in Texas guiding a black man in handcuffs down the street using what looks to be a rope as they ride horses.

A picture that is making its way around social media has the Galveston Police Department answering questions.

In a statement posted on Facebook Monday night, Galveston, Texas Police Chief Vernon Hale apologized to Donald Neely, who was arrested for alleged trespassing at a location about a block away from where a mounted patrol unit was staged. At the time of the arrest, a transportation unit was not immediately available, so Neely was handcuffed and escorted beside two police officers on horses.

GPD said the technique is considered a best practice during crowd control scenarios.

"First and foremost I must apologise to Mister Neely for this unnecessary embarrassment", Hale said, adding that policy had been changed so that the technique would no longer be used.

"Although this is a trained technique and best practice in some scenarios, I believe our officers showed poor judgement in this instance", said Hale, in a statement published on Monday on Facebook. "What I do know is that if it was a white man, there's no way they would have done that to him".

A backlash quickly followed, especially among black people who said the photo evoked the history of slavery, racism and violence directed at black people in America.

Christin said she only found out about the incident from the image circulating online and labelled the arresting cops "incompetent".

The department has also revealed that both officers did have their body-worn camera activated throughout the arrest.

According to police, the arrest happened on Saturday. It's unclear if the officers will face disciplinary actions.

Neely has since been released on bail, but his family's attorney said that they way the situation was handled was "disgusting".

President of Houston's NAACP chapter, James Douglas, told the Houston Chronicle that the photo showed a lack of respect for people of color saying, in part, "this is 2019 and not 1819".

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