Cops Walk Black Man To Jail On Leash In Act Reminiscent Of Slavery (VIDEO)

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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.’

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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.

Galveston Police Chief Vernon Hale, III released a statement explaining the incident:

‘We became aware Monday afternoon of a post circulating about a Saturday arrest involving two mounted patrol officers and how the arrested individual was transported.’

He formally apologized for the incident in its statement:

‘First and foremost I must apologize to Mister (Donald) Neely for this unnecessary embarrassment. 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 the arrest. My officers did not have any malicious intent at the time of the arrest, but we have immediately changed the policy to prevent the use of this technique and will review all mounted training and procedures for more appropriate methods.’

President of the Galveston Coalition for Justice said:

‘All I know is that these are two white police officers on horseback with a black man walking him down the street with a rope tied to the handcuffs, that doesn’t make sense, period. And I do understand this—if it was a white man—I guarantee it wouldn’t have happened.’

Chief Hale offered this excuse:

‘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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