Two Galveston, Texas, police officers who walked a black man with a rope tied to the handcuffs will not be charged for their actions.
On Aug. 5, police in Galveston, Texas, apologized after a photo went viral online showing horse-mounted officers had “clipped” a “line” to a man’s handcuffs after he was arrested Saturday on a criminal trespassing charge.
The man was identified as 43-year-old Donald Neely.
Last week, the Texas Ranger Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office agreed to conduct a third-party investigation into the arrest.
The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office is also conducting an independent investigation.
In a statement released on Friday Aug. 15, about the conclusion of the joint investigation, spokesman Lt. Craig Cummings, Texas Department of Public Safety.
“The Rangers subsequently conferred with the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office, which determined that there was nothing that warranted a criminal investigation.”
Earlier this week, the Neely family held a press conference to demand the police make public the body camera footage from the time of Neely’s arrest.
Neely’s younger brother, Andy, felt his brother was dehumanized and treated just wrong.
“Why would they do that after several encounters with him? It was just to humiliate him. No man, no woman, black, brown, purple, should be embarrassed the way my brother was,” he said.
Galveston Police Chief Vernon Hale, III, said the department has changed the policy to prevent this technique from being used again and will review all mounted training and procedures for more appropriate methods.