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Galveston Police Apologize for Leading Black Man by Rope

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Police in Galveston, Texas have apologized after a photo appeared on social media depicting two mounted officers leading a handcuffed Black man by a rope.

In a press release Monday, police said the officers had arrested 43-year-old Donald Neely on suspicion of criminal trespass, and had clipped a line to the handcuffs to lead him  to a staging area about eight blocks away, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Police Chief Vernon Hale also included an apology in the release.

“First and foremost I must apologize to Mister Neely for this unnecessary embarrassment,” he said in the statement. “Although this is a trained technique and best practice in some scenarios, I believe our officers showed poor judgement in this instance and could have waited for a transport unit at the location of the arrest.”

He said policies related to mounted officers were immediately changed to avoid this kind of incident in the future.
Neely is free on bond.