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Handcuffed Black Man Led With A Rope By Two White Policemen On Horseback In Galveston Sparks Outrage

The incident
Pictures of a black man being led by rope by two white police officers on horseback have sparked massive outrage across the US and the world.This happened in the Galveston Count in Texas, USA. The black man in the photo Donald Neely, was arrested on Saturday for trespassing and should have been taken to the station in a police car, instead of horse-mounted police officers.
The reaction of the authorities and one prominent individual
Vernon Hale, police chief of the city of Galveston, issued an apology for this incident but his statement drew more criticism and outrage since most considered it weak and inadequate. He said that Neely should have been taken in a police car and not by horse-mounted officers.
"Although this is a trained technique and best practice in some scenarios, I believe our officers showed poor judgment in this instance," said Hale, in a statement published on Monday on Facebook.
"First and foremost I must apologize to Mister Neely for this unnecessary embarrassment," Hale said, adding that policy had been changed so that the technique would no longer be used. He also said that he constantly shared with his officers how their actions can be perceived by others, and important it was to always check their actions.
“The image that went viral on social media was taken by an individual who wished to remain anonymous”, Leon Phillips, the director of the Galveston Coalition for Justice told the BBC. He also said the incident was “difficult to talk about”, as someone who lives in Galveston, and that “This was a stupid mistake, what I do know is that if it was a white man, there is no way they would have done that to him.”
This incident comes at a point where many consider the USA as an example of democracy, equality and freedom. One can only begin to wonder how true this is, when in a modern age as this, law enforcement officers still have the possibility of committing such crimes, which as many have come to understand, are racist and will go unpunished since it was not a white man that was abused. This is a sad day for racial equality in America.

 

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