What is wrong with people? Donald Trump lets loose a dark, vile stream of white supremacist language in his rallies and on his tweets. Then, he built his 2020 presidential campaign message around it. POTUS has made it acceptable for some people to turn back racist history to a far crueler time and show its ugly underbelly.
Two white mounted Galveston, Texas police thought that it would be perfectly reasonable to handcuff a black man, tie the handcuffs to a rope and parade him through the streets of Galveston. The photo showed the humiliation on the man’s face in a scene reminiscent of slavemasters and their slaves.”
New York City public defender Rebecca Kavanagh came down hard on the Galveston police force:
‘Police officers arrested Donald Neely, who is Black, for trespassing, handcuffed him, attached a rope to the handcuffs and led him through the streets of Galverston on mounted horses. All as though they were slave masters, and he were their slave.’
In her other tweet Kavanagh explained:
‘Police have discretion. It wasn’t just an appalling decision to parade a human being through the streets in this way, rather than waiting for other transportation. But maybe they could have not made an arrest here in the first place.’
The officers’ cameras were rolling as the man was arrested for criminal trespass. Officer P. Brosch and Officer A. Smith knew the man, and they had warned him away from the property several times.
‘A transportation unit was not immediately available at the time of the arrest and a man was handcuffed and escorted beside two police officers on horses. While this technique of using mounted horses to transport a person during an arrest is considered a best practice in certain scenarios, such as during crowd control, the practice was not the correct use for this instance. ‘
However, the chief did not say whether the officers were reprimanded or what punishment they would receive:
‘We understand the negative perception of this action and believe it is most appropriate to cease the use of this technique. The Police Chief has taken immediate action to suspend this technique of transportation during arrests.’
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