A pair of texas police officers who were pictured leading a black man down a city street by a rope attached to there horses won’t face a criminal investigation.
The Galveston police department apologized earlier this month after two officers identified as P.Brosch and A. Smith rode on horseback while leading a handcuffed Donald Neely by a rope after arresting him for trespassing on Aug 3rd. Photos and videos of the incident flooded social media giving the story national attention and causing many people to call out the racist nature in which Mr. Neely was handled.
The incident prompted the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Ranger Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety to agree to a third-party investigation into Neely’s arrest. The sheriff’s office is also conducting its own review. After the investigation, it was concluded there was nothing criminal about the interaction.
The man’s relatives say Neely is homeless and suffers from a mental illness. Their attorney told Houston’s KPRC that family members said the appalling photo of Neely’s arrest is the first they’ve seen or heard of their loved one in at least three years.
Galveston Police Chief Vernon L. Hale III apologized to Neely, 43, for the “unnecessary embarrassment” and said officers showed “poor judgment in this instance and could’ve waited for a transport unit at the location of the arrest.”
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