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USWhite cops on horseback led a black man by rope in Texas. Their police chief apologized

07:10  07 august  2019
07:10  07 august  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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A Texas police chief says two white officers on horseback used "poor judgment" when they led a black man by rope to a mounted patrol staging area on Saturday, an incident that prompted viral outrage on social media as photos circulated. Galveston Police Chief Vernon L. Hale said in an

Texas police have apologised after an image of two white officers on horseback leading a handcuffed black man by a rope caused an outcry online. Galveston Police Chief Vernon Hale said on Monday the technique was acceptable in some scenarios

A Texas police chief says two white officers on horseback used "poor judgment" when they led a black man by rope to a mounted patrol staging area on Saturday, an incident that prompted viral outrage on social media as photos circulated.

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Galveston Police Chief Vernon L. Hale said in an apology that the department has changed their policy on the technique – which is sometimes used for crowd control – after the arrest of Donald Neely, 43.

Neely was arrested for criminal trespass, according to a statement issued by Galveston police. He was handcuffed, and a line was attached to his cuffs because a transportation unit was not available.

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Police chief - who is black - claimed officers 'did not have any malicious intent'. Chief and others said the cops could have waited for alternative transport. Police in Texas have sparked outrage after pictures emerged showing two white officers on horseback leading a black man through the street

The two police officers who led a handcuffed black man by a rope from horseback will not face criminal charges over the incident, it has emerged. Images of the August 3 arrest in Galveston, Texas of Donald Neely, a 43-year-old black man who relatives say is mentally ill, triggered widespread

Critics say the image shows a demeaning treatment of a black man, drawing on a history of slavery and violence historically displayed toward black people in the United States.

"It is hard to understand why these officers felt this young man required a leash, as he was handcuffed and walking between two mounted officers," said Adrienne Bell, a candidate for Texas Senate in a Facebook post Sunday. "It is a scene that has invoked anger, disgust, and questions from the community."

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The police chief of Galveston, Tex., apologized on Monday night after a photo emerged of two white officers on horseback leading a black suspect in handcuffs down the street with a rope tied to him. The image was taken by an onlooker on Saturday and was shared on social media

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The two officers were identified as P. Brosch and A. Smith in the statement. Representatives for the Galveston Police Department did not immediately respond to request for comment by USA TODAY.

Police statements do not indicate the officers are facing disciplinary action.

“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 arrest," Hale said in a statement. "My officers did not have any malicious intent at the time of the arrest."

Galveston police "immediately changed the policy" to prevent use of the technique. Neely has been released on bond.

Contributing: The Associated Press. Follow Joshua Bote on Twitter: @joshua_bote

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