Activists seek police video of tethered man
GALVESTON, Texas — Protesters marched to demand the release of police body camera footage showing the arrest of a homeless black man who was tethered with a rope and paraded through a Texas city by white officers on horseback.
Images shared online of the two Galveston police officers leading Donald Neely using a rope tied to his handcuffs — reminiscent of pictures showing slaves in chains — sparked public outrage. But the Texas Rangers determined that the officers didn’t break any law, the Galveston County Daily News reported.
City officials have said the body camera footage cannot be released until a Galveston County Sheriff ’s office review is complete.
Neely, 43, was arrested Aug. 3 on a criminal trespass charge. Galveston police Chief Vernon Hale has since apologized.