Internet Gasps In Horror After White Cops Lead Black Man On Leash Through Texas Streets
The world was left in shock this week after photos surfaced all over social media of two white police officers leading a black man through the streets in Galveston, Texas on a leash.
Texas Congressional candidate Adrienne Bell shared photos of the incident on Facebook and said that Galveston officials confirmed they were real.
“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,” she wrote. “It is a scene that has invoked anger, disgust, and questions from the community.”
We have verified with law enforcement officials in Galveston, that the photograph taken in Galveston is real. 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. pic.twitter.com/bEFZnn4qmH
— Adrienne Bell (@AdrBell) August 5, 2019
According to Galveston police, the man was 43-year-old Donald Neely, who was arrested on Saturday for trespassing.
The police released a statement on Monday claiming that Neely was “handcuffed, and a line was clipped to the handcuffs.”
Galveston Police Chief Vernon L. Hale III apologized for the incident later on Monday.
“First and foremost I must apologize to Mister Neely for this unnecessary embarrassment,” Hale said in an email statement to the Daily Dot. “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.”
But the apology is nowhere near enough. People all over Twitter were horrified by what they saw and responded rightfully.
Amazing. I am now resigned for the first time in my life to believe that it is possible for this country to go back 50 years to Jim Crow-like laws in the next 50 years.
— Donovan Sparks (@SparksDonovan1) August 6, 2019
@AdrBell posted this photo on her campaign Facebook page today. She said the #Galveston #Texas police verified that it is authentic. Now the question is why in 2019 would police mounted on horses think it is okay to parade a Black man in handcuffs on the street with a leash? pic.twitter.com/RX1zGNi5YX
— Clarene Mitchell (@MrsCMitch) August 5, 2019
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. https://t.co/G0ryVdi8Mj
— Rebecca J. Kavanagh (@DrRJKavanagh) August 6, 2019
This angers me deeply! This photo took me back to SLAVERY. We are not OVER IT because IT is STILL HAPPENING! @galvestonpd Shame! I can almost guarantee you won’t see this getting a lot off media attention ! #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/M4fzyrdwJt
— Crystal Jones (@CrystalforVA) August 6, 2019
I fucking gasped in horror , my body felt hot from the anger and horror of this image, its exactly the same images I saw of slavery in this country… I am beyond… GOD damn it……FUCK THE POLICE. THEY NEED TO BE FIRED!!! #Galveston #Houston #Cops #Texas #WhiteTerrorists https://t.co/M4Qf3E8M9Q
— Kelly Bennett (@ladymadonna79) August 6, 2019