Texas police lead a black man like a slave: Officers on horseback while he is handcuffed on a rope
Galveston Police said in an official statement that the photo depicts intruder Donald Neely and two police officers P. Brosch and A. Smith.
Also in this statement, Chief Vernon L. Hale apologized for the escort methods chosen by the officers. He assured that such a humiliating form of delivery of the detainee does not comply with the police policy and that measures will be taken after this incident.
"First and foremost i must apologize to Mister Neely for this unnecessary embarrassment. 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 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 approriate methods." Chief Vernon L. Hale
Below is the statement for Galveston Police. pic.twitter.com/KC3vh9TV5e— Adrienne Bell (@AdrBell) August 6, 2019
This photo instantly spread over the Internet and caused a storm of criticism towards the police, which at the moment does not have the confidence of US citizens to use such contradictory methods against people.
Derek Litvak, a specialising in America's 18th and 19th-century race, slavery and constitutional history at the University of Maryland, wrote on Twitter: "1819 or 2019, the slave coffle hasn't left us."
Galveston police handcuffed, rope tied, and forced a black man to walk alongside their horses. For a small charge of trespass.— Derek Litvak (@TheTattooedGrad) August 6, 2019
1819 or 2019, the slave coffle hasn’t left us. pic.twitter.com/JoKChXTl5Y
Democrat Beto O'Rourke has already commented on this case as "racism at work".
A black man, dragged with a rope by police officers on horses, in 2019. This moment demands accountability, justice, and honestly—because we need to call this out for what it is: racism at work. https://t.co/j4H8ZinfEP— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) August 6, 2019