Two Galveston, Texas mounted patrol officers were caught on cameraleading a handcuffed black man by a rope tied to his hands. The photo spurred outrage across social media and the Galveston Police Department has been forced to respond—and apologize.
This is just sickening and uncalled for.
This young black man was put on a leash while handcuffed between two mounted horses in Galveston, Texas.
This invokes painful imagery of slave catchers and runaway enslaved Africans. pic.twitter.com/ZHEmyCYbUE
— zellie (@zellieimani) August 6, 2019
The arrest happened on Saturday, according to police, and, because a transportation unit was not available at the time, the two officers on horseback apparently had no other choice but to escort Donald Neely, 43, who was on foot.
It is unclear whether or not the officers considered trying something unconventional—like waiting—with Neely.