The Galveston Texas police department is coming under fire after an image was leaked - showing mounted police officers marching a black man down the street by a rope.
The Black man in this case was suspected of trespassing. The police handcuffed him, tied a rope to his handcuffs like an animal and marched him down the street.
According to the Galveston Texas police department the officers did this because there was no transportation unit available at the time.
Their official statement:
In a press release posted on Facebook Monday, the police department identified the suspect as Donald Neely. He was arrested for trespassing on Saturday, and a transportation unit was not immediately available at the time of the arrest so the officers escorted him to the Mounted Patrol Unit staging area in this manner.
Social media outrage, however, of this inhumane treatment of the alleged trespasser has caused the police department to issue an apology.
Local politician Adrienne Bell - who is currently running for Congress - is calling out the Galveston police department for their racism. Here's what she wrote:
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. It is a scene that has invoked anger, disgust, and questions from the community.
We will be watching for the Galveston Police Department’s response to their investigation of this matter and the accountability of the officers involved. Swift action is needed to ensure that no one is demeaned in this manner again, and arrest procedures are fair, just, and humane.
Here is the graphic image that Adrienne posted on her Facebook page: